Day 3: Munich (Romantic Road / Rothenburg / Harburg)
Today's excursion will give us the opportunity to enjoy one of the most picturesque parts of southern Germany, and in particular of Bavaria with the "romantic road". Beautiful picturesque villages and towns, romantic castles and beautiful nature stretch along our way to the medieval castle-fortress of Harburg dating to documents from the 11th-12th century, when Henry Stauffer wrote about it to his aunt Bertha, Empress Byzantium. In 1530 the historian Wolf refers to this palace which was fortunate never to be destroyed by war. Today it is a well-preserved impressive medieval building and in the 15th century the original fortress was expanded with habitable buildings. Between the 16th and 18th centuries other halls were added such as the banquet hall and the castle church.
Crossing the area of Nördlinger Ries after a short stop at Dinkelsbühl, we will then reach the medieval Rothenburg, the Franciscan region of Bavaria or "red fortress over the Tauber". Rothenburg was a free imperial city from the late Middle Ages until 1803. Its name indicates the exact location of the city which is on a plateau overlooking the River Tuber. Regarding the name "Rothenburg", the main view states that it comes from the German words rot (red) and burg (medieval fortified settlement), and is associated with the red color of the roofs of houses, which overlook the river. The well-preserved walls, the old town market, the squares with the big fountains, the City Hall, all the historical places of Rothenburg exude the magic of another era that is very charming. It is no coincidence that so many travelers around the world visit it. Do not forget to try the authentic sweet of the city, the "snowball" (German: Schneeball) which is a fried dough in the shape of a ball covered with either icing sugar or chocolate. Return to Munich late in the afternoon.
(The trip will take place on Christmas day for both departures).