The big cathedral of Cologne greeted us in that old city. This is Germany’s largest cathedral. Construction was started in 1248, but not completed, due to lack of funds, until 1880!
The Romans were here in force and we visited some of their handiwork in the Romanish-Germanisches Museum. This museum had wonderful Roman artifacts, found along the Rhine. The mosaic floors were outstanding.
We moved on to Aachen, Charlemagne making it his capital city in 794 AD. He is also buried here, in the Cathedral.
The 14th century Rathus is impressive as usual—-a great pile of a building.
we visited Trier, with its second century Roman Porta Nigra (Black Gate) and other Roman ruins.
The ruins of an old Roman
amphitheater were fun to explore.
Prince Elector’s Palace with Constantine’s Basilica in the background were visible in the Palace Gardens. Constantine’s Basilica was built around 310 AD.
Off we went to the University—-of Heidelburg, that is, Germany’s oldest and most famous university
It was a rainy, cold day, but we warmed ourselves by eating bratwursts and drinking beer. Heidelberg is high up on river banks, offering a lovely view of the town from the castle.
We put up for the night in the charming town of Bad Mergentheim, one of the many towns that have hot baths. Another interesting Rathus graced this Platz.
This brought us to the start of the Romantic Road. This is a nearly 400 km road that goes through Western Bavaria and boasts quite a number of ‘gems.’ Each town along the road outdoes the other in architecture and charm, making it a very worthwhile journey.
We started in Rothenburg, a most beautiful town with several medieval towers that were
atop the road, which we drove through. It was fun to explore these towns on foot, with each street having ‘star’ attractions.
Our next stop was in Dinkelsbuhl, again with its landmark tower.
When we had lunch
here, the waitress (in mostly German) told us that ‘spargel’ was in season, which we discovered was asparagus. Burt elected to order spargel (there were several different spargel dishes,) but the bossy waitress (proprietess?) insisted that he MUST order a different spargel. So we all ordered the spargel that she insisted on, and it truly was special. Beautiful white, thick, tender asparagus spears, cooked to perfection.
In a visit to a street market, we could see the asparagus for sale on display, along with many other goodies that we were sampling, too!
We stopped in Nordlingen, with its 14th century walls, which we could walk around. It gave us a good idea of the town as we viewed it on our walk around the walls.
And that brought us to Fussen and all the castles hereabouts. We shall explore them tomorrow.