As you aim for the Alps you can see them towering majestically ahead of you. Just after Steingaden in the Pfaffenwinkel region, lies the Wieskirche; a baroque pearl and the second UNESCO Heritage Site on the Romantic Route.
Continue through the pretty countryside of the Allgäu to Schwangau on the B17, a scenic setting for A-list attractions: the neo-gothic masterpiece Schloss Hohenschwangau and the mother of all fairy-tale castles, Schloss Neuschwanstein. For Ludwig II this was the culmination of his life-long dream of a medieval knight’s castle combined with the epic visions of Richard Wagner. This makes Neuschwanstein the perfect place to end the Romantic Route as you relax and reflect whilst strolling through nearby Füssen.
Gazing down from the old town, the Hohes Schloss is a remarkable example of the late-gothic architectural style. The picturesque courtyard features amazing trompe l’œil [artistic visual illusion] that aren’t quite what they seem.