The Romantic Road

Work on Donauwörth's landmark town hall began in 1236, but it has seen many alterations and additions over the centuries. At 11am and 4pm daily, the carillon on the ornamented step gable plays a composition by local legend Werner Egk (1901–83) from his opera Die Zaubergeige (The Magic Violin). The building also houses the tourist office.

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Nearby The Romantic Road attractions

1. Liebfraukirche

0.18 MILES

At the western end of Reichstrasse rises this 15th-century Gothic church with original frescos and a curiously sloping floor that drops 120cm. Swabia's…

2. Käthe-Kruse-Puppenmuseum

0.26 MILES

This nostalgia-inducing museum fills a former monastery with old dolls and dollhouses by world-renowned designer Käthe Kruse (1883–1968). Donauwörth is…

3. Heilig-Kreuz-Kirche

0.32 MILES

Overlooking the grassy banks of the shallow River Wörnitz, this soaring baroque confection has for centuries lured the faithful to pray before a chip of…

4. Schloss Harburg


Looming over the Wörnitz River, the medieval covered parapets, towers, turrets, keep and red-tiled roofs of the 12th-century Schloss Harburg are so…

5. Bayerisches Eisenbahnmuseum

15.78 MILES

Half museum, half junkyard retirement home/graveyard for locos that have long puffed their last, this trainspotter's paradise occupies a disused engine…

6. St Georgskirche

16.16 MILES

Dominating the heart of town, the immense late-Gothic St Georgskirche got its baroque mantle in the 18th century and seems to have been under restoration…

7. Stadtmauermuseum

16.18 MILES

Head up the spiral staircase of the Löpsinger Torturm for an engaging exhibition on the history of the town's defences, an apt place to kick off a circuit…

8. Stadtmuseum

16.38 MILES

Nördlingen's worthwhile municipal museum covers an ambitious sweep of human existence on the planet, from the early Stone Age to 20th-century art, via the…