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Romantic Road

Romantic Road
Romantic Road

Running down from the River Main to the Alps, the Romantic Road is Germany’s best known and most popular tourist route. Its name already expresses what many guests from home and abroad feel when seeing medieval towns or the fairy-tale castle at Neuschwanstein: fascination and the sense of being transported back in time. On the way from north to south, the landscape changes from river valleys, fertile agricultural land, forests and meadows to dramatic mountain scenery.

The Romantic Road passes also through the Pfaffenwinkel region.

Hohenfurch: In the Schönach Valley, surrounded by meadows and woods, Hohenfurch (pop. 1,600) is the gateway to the Pfaffenwinkel region. Here, guests can enjoy the freshness of summer and the view over the foothills of the Alps in a rural setting.

Schongau: With its walls, gateways and towers, the medieval townscape is living evidence of Schongau’s rich history. Granted its own town rights at the turn of the 13th century, the town was an administrative centre, one of the seats of the Wittelsbach dynasty and a Bavarian fortress on the river Lech. The artistic Baroque decorations of the Parish Church of Assumption of the Virgin Mary are characteristic for the town.

Peiting: This hospitable market down between the rivers Ammer and Lech is one of the region’s oldest settlements. The ancestral castle of the Welfen dynasty was located on a nearby hill. Particularly interesting are the ski and the new hunting and fishing museums, as well as the excavations of the Roman Villa Rustica at the village of Kreut near Peiting. When the weather is fine, an excursion up the top of the Hohenpeissenberg mountain makes a great day out.

Rottenbuch: The officially recognised health resort is located in the wild and romantic Ammer Valley. In the town centre are the venerable, 900-year-old buildings of the former Augustian “Chorherrenstift” with the famous “Mariä Geburt” convent church. The rich stucco inside the church is the work of Matthäus Günther and Franz Xaver Schmädl from Wessobrunn.

Wildsteig: Comprising numerous districts and villages, this officially approved resort is situated in the heart of nature and landscape conservation areas and embedded in the undulating foothills of the Alps, surrounded by highland moors and lakes and the Ammergau and Allgäu mountains.


Steingaden: The approved health resort in the South of the Pfaffenwinkel district, at the intersection of the Romantic Road and the German Alpine Road, is famous for the Rococo church of the “Flagellated Saviour in the Meadow”. No less imposing is the historical minster with its Romanesque cloister wing, which was founded by Duke Welf VI. The buildings are located in the heart of a hiking paradise in the enchanting subalpine countryside.