The Romantic Road is a former medieval trade route from central to southern Germany that is 220 miles long linking a number of picturesque towns and castles. Today this region is thought by many international travellers to possess “quintessentially German” scenery and culture, and we found that to be true. We did not have time to see the entire Romantic Road, but we did spend two days visiting some of the towns. Our first stop was Freidberg, which is located next to Augsburg at the Lech river. It was founded in the 13th century in order to collect a toll from people using the bridge across the Lech River.
Next we travelled south to Landsberg am Lech, which is located at an important junction on the Via Claudia Augusta, a Roman trade route from Italy to Augsburg. Major roads head off from here to Munich and Lake Constance. We visited the historical part of the city which is located on the river. It was very cute with all the colored buildings, churches and the remains of the walls and turrets that used to surround the city for protection. Unfortunately, the pictures do not really capture how beautiful it was as the sun was nowhere to be found (which was true the majority of our time in Germany – no problem for us, but a problem for pictures.)