Roman Remains and Bavarian Cheer – Germany’s UNESCO Routes

September 28, 2015

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

Germany’s history dates back to pre-Roman times, and to this day the country maintains huge numbers of Roman ruins and remains, testament to the huge influence that the civilisation had all over Europe.

One of the most impressive Roman remains in Germany is the Limes, which marks former Roman boundaries from the Rhine to the Danube and measure over 550km, making it the longest and one of the most impressive archaeological monuments in Europe. Around 2,000 years ago, these mighty walls and towers would have protected the Roman Empire from local tribes of barbarians. These days there are old Roman forts converted into museums, such as the one in Aalen, or reconstructed such as Saalburg’s replica, which allow you to step into the past and learn more about this fascinating period of history for yourself.

Bamberg Old Town is another ancient monument to Germany’s fascinating history. Bamberg was the centre of Germany’s imperial and episcopal power for almost a millennium, sometimes even being referred to as the Rome of Franconia. As a Bavarian town, it is also famous for its beer, with a famous smoked brew being the most distinctive product of the town. For a more modern but none-less spectacular historic architectural experience, head to Wurzburg, with its Residez Palace and Court Gardens, one of the most remarkable baroque palaces in Germany.

Finally, finish your trip in Munich, the capital of Bavaria. Munich is a beautiful city with a rich and cosmopolitan heritage, often referred to as Germany’s lifestyle capital. Wander the beautiful Marienplatz or Viktualienmarkt and see the real heart of Munich, with amazing shops and stalls to explore, as well as beer halls, such as the famous Hofbrauhaus. Alternatively, the English Garden is free to enter and contains two of Munich’s most beer gardens, including the Chinese Pagoda and a beautiful lakeside spot.

This route will take you through some of Germany’s ancient historical spots, but also leave you with a hefty dose of modern Bavarian cheer. You’ll get to see the route Germany took to become the country it is today, and all of the periods of history which helped shape its modern personality.

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