Bavaria’s Storybook Villages: Homes to Quintessential Medieval Architecture and Interior Designs
The State of Bavaria in Germany is home to numerous historic, storybook-like villages, filled with well-preserved examples of Medieval Empire style designs. A road trip to the world’s most visited castle, the Neuschwanstein Schloss via the Romantic Road is an exhilarating experience as travelers will pass through several UNESCO-listed heritage sites.
Walled-towns full of picturesque castles, town squares, churches, gardens, cobble stone streets and Alpine-inspired houses in pastel colors, are all reminiscent of fairy tale stories that took place in medieval Kingdoms.
While there’s a long of list villages already in existence centuries ago, when Bavaria was still a kingdom , we’ve listed some of the most quintessential villages that presents a tranquil blend of idyllic rural life amidst the opulence of natural and man-made resources.
Wurzburg and the Wurzburg Residence
This delightful UNESCO heritage town in northern Bavaria still has well-preserved medieval streets. Yet it’s main claim to recognition is the Wurzburg Residence. The latter is an ornate palace that served as residence to the Wurzburg bishop-kings, elected as rulers of the Holy Roman Empire.
The palace took 60 years to construct as its highlights are the fabulous frescoes painted by Italian Rococo artist, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo a against a background of intricate stucco work,
Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Dubbed by many as the prettiest along Romantic Road, this village is deemed as the best preserved examples of medieval architecture and interior designs in Germany and Europe.
Dinkelsbuhl is almost as charming as Rothenburg. Its perfectly preserved medieval architecture are results of regulations in place to ensure their original appearances remain intact. One of which is the 15th century Deutsche Haus that features a statue of Bacchus, the wine god, in front of a late Renaissance facade.
Nordlingen is a hidden gem of bavaria, where visitors can step back in time inside a walled town filled with orange roofs.
Augsburg is one of Bavaroa’s oldest town and is the largest city along the Romantic Road, whilst stuffed with impressive Baroque architecture. The Augsburg Cathedral has Romanesque and Gothic elements and boasts of paintings by Hans Holbein. Augsburg’s Schaezlerpalais is home to valuable art collections bu the palace’s most stunning feature the ballroom that is hailed by many as a masterpiece of Rococo architecture.
Located at the foothills of the Bavarian Alps, the 700 year old Fussen is an enchanting medieval town the final destination of a Romantic Road sojourn Fussen is full of pretty houses, frescoed buildings painted in pastel hues, baroque churches, gothic houses and a medieval townhall. Fussen serves as the gateway to King Ludwig II’s world-famous Neuschwanstein Castle.