Schongau — Timeless Along The Alps And Romantic Road

Schongau is one of those timeless towns in the shadow of the German Alps. For as small as it is, it’s visited quite frequently; mainly due to its location on the touristy Romantic Road.

Whether you choose to drive or cycle the Romantische Stra├če, know that you’ll be passing through some lovely countryside and have plenty of places to stop and visit.

Most visitors to Schongau come to see its well maintained medieval Stadtmauer. Funnily, for years this fortification defense wall protected villagers by keeping people out & now it’s the reason for wanting to get in. ;-)

Take the stairs along the Stadtmauer‘s battlements to the Klosterhof, where you’ll find Schongau’s World War I and WWII memorial.

Another remnant of the Middle Ages is the 15th century Schloss Schongau. This old castle’s been through it all-parts of it have been torn down, blown up, and everything in between. Either way, it’s still a castle and by-golly we love our castles!

Get your camera ready, the 18th century Polizeidienerturm (or Police Servant Tower) is another big stop in town; just as the Kassel Tower does, too. The Kassel Tower’s another one of Schongau’s sites that been blown up (look for the Austrian cannonball); it was even occupied by the French for a while.

FYI: if you appreciate architectural art history then don’t miss the 13th century Frauentor (Woman’s Gate) with Baroque accents.

Oh yeah, speaking of Baroque… The St. George Church is probably one of the best examples of this ornate style. And, in the cemetery of St. Sebastian’s you’ll find some Baroque statues.

It’s with its stunning examples of various architecture that Schongau has earned its way onto the Romantic Road. It should also be because of its proximity to the Alps, which have an aura of romance onto themselves. When you get here you’ll see that Schongau is timeless, classic, and incredibly romantic-even if it wasn’t on the Romantic Road.

 

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