Germany’s Romantic Road- Augsburg & Landsberg

March 18, 2011

Over the past four or five days, I have seen more castles, palaces and cathedrals than most Americans will probably see in a lifetime. And all of them were at least 100 years old, of course. It is hard to imagine living in a place with so much history, walking by these things every day as just part of the scenery. Something that every time I look at it, it takes me a minute to realize I’m not dreaming.

The other day, Brandee, Alden and I visited a couple of cities along the Romantic Road, which runs from North to South along Germany, mostly the western side, and marks the path that many famous artists, musicians, poets and writers were inspired by. It is dotted with medieval wonders and gorgeous scenery. But we were also a little surprised at just how modernized these places have become. I guess it’s easy to forget when you’re touring a castle a day or more that yes, we are still in the 21st Century.

We began inĀ Augsburg, named for the emporer Augustus, where one may find a cathedral dating back to the 9th Century, the home of Mozart’s father and the ‘Golden Hall’ (the town hall), which was built in the Renaissance style in 1620. We were also surprised to see how metropolitan it all was. It’s fascinating to pick out centuries-old buildings right beside the modern ones. Lots of shopping there!

Emporer Augustus, for whom the city was named

The Dom of the Holy Virgin cathedral

The Augsburg

Then it was south to Landsberg, where we were greeted by the cutest little castle tower with a yellow pointed roof. Unfortunately, it was closed for the month (figures). But across a gorgeous little river lay the rest of the town. With the old town wall high on the cliffs above, the guard towers and town gates are still standing. In the town square is a huge clock tower depicting a painted yellow sun looking down on the half-timbered houses and a fountain where many of the local kids were hanging out. We visited a chocolaterie and got some delicious goodies, then explored the rest of the town and even climbed up about a billion stairs to the old wall.

Majestic swans in the river that flows through Landsberg

Beautiful pastel-painted buildings in Landsberg

Our adventures are nowhere near over, and you can expect more blogs from us all, specifically from my journey down the German Fairy Tale Route in the city of Kassel, and meeting Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty and her Prince, and Snow White and her Dwarves! Ciao!

(Photos by Alden Jones)

4 Responses to Germany’s Romantic Road- Augsburg & Landsberg

  1. Tonya Meyer
    March 18, 2011 at 2:03 am

    Sounds so beautiful!! Can’t wait to see the pictures!!! Love you!

  2. JIM
    March 19, 2011 at 2:41 am

    I’m so jealous that I’m not there too,You lucky girl.Sounds like you are having a smile a minute. Keep up the good work,WE LOVE YOU AND
    CAN’T WAIT to bombard you with questions.

  3. Munder
    March 19, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Sounds absolutely wonderful. Knowing you, you’re taking in every bit and savoring every minute, just as you should. We are so glad you have this opportunity. Can’t wait to hear about all this in person and see your pictures. Take Care! We Love You!!

  4. Linda Eckl
    March 24, 2011 at 5:04 am

    Thanks for sharing your fantastic adventures with us .Again I am so proud of you.