Landsberg am Lech is a beautiful town but felt real rather than picture postcard, the sort of place you would like to live in. We set off onto the Romantic Road with a sad goodbye for a quick visit. Is the Romantic Road romantic my Mom asked me today, well no it isn’t. I haven’t received any red roses or had a sonnet written about me and I’ve been on the Romantic Road for ages now. I’m sure Greg feels the same. But……it is full of rolling fields, pick your own flower gardens, stunning architecture and pretty towns and villages.
Our intention was to stop at Friedberg and cycle to Augsburg, which is around 9kms. Augsburg is one of Germany’s oldest cities and our neighbour from Bad Kohlgrub had recommended it. We arrived at the stellplatz in Friedberg and were greeted by an enormous lake with water skiing, swimming and wake boarding facilities, amoung other things. We were really pleased as it was a lovely sunny day to spend on the water. We excitedly got our things together and headed to the lake, only to be met by a hunds verboden sign! Dejected we watched people having fun and headed back to Knigel. We realised that the cycle path to Augsburg is along the side of the road and, being a Sunday, all the shops in Augsberg were closed. We decided to change our plans and continue up the Romantic Road. We drove through Rain, which looked really pretty. The next stop was Donauworth, a small town that sits on the Danube and Wornitz rivers. There is a free stellplatz close to town and our revised plan is to stay there and cycle to Harburg, 17kms away, which looks exceptionally pretty.
On the way to Donauworth we stopped at a supermarket for supplies. As a vegetarian I expected my trip to Germany to go a little bit like last night so just ordering bread and cheese everywhere I went. You could have knocked me down with a feather when I saw the aisle at REWE supermarket – dedicated to vegetarian food, it would give Planet Organic a run for its money. There were vegetarian versions of all the famous Germany dishes, veggie weiner, veggie curry wurst, veggie bratwurst – basically all sausage meals. I stocked up on a few things like veggie ham and steak, then went in for the currywurst. I’m very excited to try it. The supermarket also stocked mushrooms, so it appears the Germans are more happy with fungi than the French or Italians!
The stellplatz was quite nice (for a carpark), there is a river running down one side for us to walk Juno, so she was happy. It was free, so our budget was happy and it was close to town. Our cycles came off the back and after a lot of persuasion Juno hoped into the red carriage of fear. Off we went following the green cycle signs. We came across Airbus Helicopters site to remind us of Bristol, UK and then a large dam and lake. We followed the cycle route around and let Juno out when we were surrounded by fields, she loved running after Greg on his bike. Then, we discovered the inevitable, we weren’t on the right cycle path! Typical, we are hilariously rubbish. We pondered whether to turn around and find the right path, but knowing our limits we realised that we would only get lost again so carried on heading to nowhere, at least you can’t get lost going nowhere!
We passed through 5 pretty villages and saw many other people cycling, plus fields and fields of sweetcorn, mmmmmm sweetcorn. I should mention that it was really sunny today so it was a beautiful cycle ride.
We managed, through luck rather than judgement, to complete the loop to the dam so we let Juno off for a run about before heading back to Knigel.
A quick turnaround and we walked into Donauworth, only a 5-minute walk across the river. Donauworth isn’t a very popular stop on the Romantic Road, but I don’t understand why. It is really pretty, with lots of interesting sculptures and places to sit on the river for a drink or something to eat. It wasn’t heaving with tourists and it didn’t have the tat stalls of Lake Konigsee, so if you are visiting the Romantic Road, I’d really recommend it.
We stopped at an Italian restaurant for dinner then onto Catina Mexicana for drinks (and free wifi). I have realised that free wifi is killing our budget, as tonight‘s free wifi cost us €20 for the glasses of wine that we had whilst blog uploading / downloading Game of Thrones (we might be late to the party but we are addicted already). It would be cheaper to have data roaming on (well not quite and we wouldn’t have had the wine either!). It’s a shame that wifi isn’t more available in Germany and that the wine isn’t as cheap as France or Italy (dare I say it, or as nice!).
So back to Knigel for an episode of Game of Thrones then to bed ready for the 34kms to and from Harburg tomorrow.