Harburg (Schwaben) — Picture Perfect, Truly Romantic

What a lovely town Harburg (Schwaben) on the Romantic Road turned out to be. Then again, what do you expect from a picturesque town in Bavarian Swabia? I’d expect nothing less, really.

What I didn’t expect was to find these super fantastic castles, that’s for sure.

Burg Harburg is one of the best to see while you’re here — how could it not, it’s a stunning example of 11th and 12th century architecture. Too bad the same can’t be said for Burg Wellwart in the village of Brünsee, it didn’t survive past the 1700s.

Well, anyway, I guess there are far worse places in the world to meander around looking for things to see. Then again, you really don’t have to look all that far because it seems every nook and cranny of Harburg has something pretty to look at.

A tour around town is a great way to make sure you see the old Stone Bridge (along the Wörnitz), and places like the Local History Museum.

Just don’t go spending all your time indoors, this is Bavarian Swabia after all. The bright sunshine and clean air will do wonders for you, so make sure you get out on one of its eight marked hiking trails (ranging from a mere 2.9 km to a more difficult 15.7 km). The bike paths are great too — with an easy paced 11.3 km trail to a more grueling 27.1 km route.

The latter is too much for me, even if this is the Swabian/Franconian Jura area, so I’ll take one of Harburg’s festivals instead.

The Autumn Market comes along at the end of September, while the Wine Festival takes place every October. These two are great, but then again, you’ve got quite a few Kirchweih events going on — there’s one in July, and three each in September and October.

Harburg (Schwaben) might find itself on the Romantic Road because of its idyllic rolling fields and charming lanes, but it’s a town that’s great for a party and anything else you might find along the way.

 

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