Lake Constance and the Alps Route – Germany’s UNESCO Routes

December 21, 2015

You might have read my earlier blog on Germany’s Holy and Hospitable Route, but if not, then don’t worry because we’ve got another new route for you!

The Lake Constance and the Alps Route will take you on a journey through Germany’s history, going back as far as the Stone Age, as well as its natural wonders and spectacular scenery. A must for anybody interested in discovering more of this magnificent country.

Start your journey in Stuttgart, a city with serious motoring heritage. Home of the legendary Mercedes Benz and Porsche brands, there are museums for both in the city to commemorate this. Around the city, however, the fruits of the countryside offer up gastronomical treats and excellent vineyards, producing some of the country’s finest wines.

Named the Monastic Island because of its 3 Romanesque churches, Reichenau was founded in 724 and still hosts unique religious practises and festivals to this day. During the days of the Carolingians and Ottonians, the churches were important centres of culture and education, and this is reflected in the wall paintings of the buildings. Reichenau is also home to the Reichenau Manuscripts, which include narrative illustrations based on the life of Jesus and his apostles.

Staying with the religious theme, the Wieskirche Pilgrimage Church of the Scourged Saviour which lies at the foot of the Alps is the new home of the Statue of the Scourged Saviour, which famously cried and bled when it was discovered by peasant woman Maria Lory in 1738. The church is an example of the famous rococo style and includes statues of the fathers of the western church, such as Jermoe, Augustine and Gregory the Great.

Nearby, on the shores of Lake Constance, you will find prehistoric pile dwellings, an archaeological legacy which dates back 7000 years. The site is now home to a fun and interactive museum which grants an illuminating look into the prehistoric past.

For a comparatively modern historical experience, head to Neuschwanstein Castle, which for many is the perfect representation of the idealism of romantic architecture, and is also one of the most photographed sites in all of Germany. The castle is also famous due to the tragic story of Ludwig II, who retired to this castle after losing the throne, and became a recluse until the day he died.

Finally, finish your trip in Munich, the capital of Bavaria, a stylish and laid-back city with plenty to discover for tourists. It is also home to Bayern Munich, one of the most famous and prestigious football teams of all time, and Hofbrauhaus, a world renowned brewery. Hearty food and great beer are on the menu throughout the city, so it’s no surprise to hear that visitors who come once often return again before too long.

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