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Experience history up close - on a journey through time with Romantik

In numerous German cities, history is almost tangible. Monuments, museums or even streets remind us of times and the achievements long past. On the time travel route through Central Germany you will discover exciting stories and marvel at impressive monuments from Eisenach to Pirna. The route takes you along charming little towns and invites you to dive into the past. Of course, the individual stops are already worthwhile for a nice day trip.

1st STOP: EISENACH

Our first stop along the time travel route promises history at its finest: the most famous sight of Eisenach - the Wartburg Castle - gracefully towers above the city. Once the Wartburg offered refuge to Martin Luther and still reminds us of the Reformation. Some 300 years later, the student Wartburg festivals are considered to be decisive gatherings for the German unification movement of the 19th century. Today visitors marvel at the impressive rooms of the castle and learn more about the history of the castle complex. Below the castle you will find the listed old town of Eisenach with remains of the fortified wall, the town hall from the Renaissance period and the birthplace of Johann Sebastian Bach, built in 1456, which today houses one of the largest music museums in the country.

Hotel tip:
Experience the exciting history of the Wartburg up close at the Romantik Hotel auf der Wartburg. Located directly in the castle, the hotel has been open for 100 years and welcomes you in elegantly furnished rooms with contemporary comfort. With a fantastic view of the surrounding Thuringian Forest, you will be spoiled with fresh delicacies in the hotel's own restaurant.

2nd STOP: WEIMAR

Even in the royal residence city in the heart of Europe, the great names of the past, such as Goethe, Schiller, Bach or Liszt, always resonate. Spacious parklands, narrow alleys, poets' houses, museums and castles all come together here in one spot and bear witness to European cultural history, which was rightly awarded the World Heritage title by UNSECO. Part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Classical Weimar" is also the Duchess Anna Amalia Library, which impresses with its famous rococo hall. You will also find inspiration in the park on the Ilm, where Goethe's residence is located. Works such as the ballad "Erlkönig" and the poem "An den Mond" were created here.

Hotel tip:
The Romantik Hotel Dorotheenhof Weimar is idyllically located in its own park on the former estate of the cavalry captain Carl von Kalckreuth. In a dreamlike location you are very close to the cultural highlights of the city and relax and feast, after exciting hours on the traces of the great poets and thinkers, in a comfortable ambience.

3rd STOP: ZWICKAU

Car enthusiasts discover the origins of Audi in Zwickau: August Horch founded the August Horch Motorenwagenwerke there in 1904, which finally merged with other car brands after the Second World War and laid the foundation stone for Audi. In the August Horch Museum you will discover the impressive former production halls with historical small and large exhibits on 6,500 square meters. Zwickau is also particularly proud of the city's son: the famous composer Robert Schumann was born here on the main market square in 1810. In the house where Schumann was born, you can still discover original furniture and historical keyboard instruments.

Hotel tips:
For wellness fans there is a real highlight near Zwickau: The Romantik Hotel Schwanefeld houses one of the most beautiful SPAs in Central Germany and spoils you on four floors with an heated outdoor pool, an extensive sauna world and a beauty centre. The hotel's own restaurant and its own chocolate factory ensure moments of culinary delights. Enjoy and relax here on the outskirts of the small town of Meerane in the heart of the Saxonian castle and palace region. 
After an eventful day in Zwickau, it is worth stopping in the idyllic town of Hartenstein in the Ore mountains. There, in the Romantik Hotel Jagdhaus Waldidyll, rooms furnished in noble country house and New England style and a relaxing location in the beautiful forest park on the edge of the nature reserve await you.

4th  STOP: CHEMNITZ

Among art lovers, Chemnitz has long since established itself as a centre for modern art. Exhibitions of international modern art works by famous artists of the 19th and 20th centuries, such as Caspar David Friedrich, among others, make a special contribution to this. The Museum Gunzenhauser and the art collections on Theaterplatz are among the largest civic collections in Germany. Besides art, there is also an impressive monument in the city: at 13 metres high, the Karl Marx Monument is the second largest portrait bust in the world.

5th STOP: MEISSEN

Claiming to be able to produce gold, the alchemist Johann Friedrich Böttger invented white gold in 1708 - Europe's first porcelain. In 1710, Augustus the Strong then founded today's Meissen Porcelain Manufactory, which is still known throughout the world today. The show workshop shows visitors step by step everything about the production of porcelain. The museum also presents impressive works of art made of porcelain and historical service. In addition to a visit to the manufactory, it is also worthwhile to visit the Meissner Burgberg with Albrechtsburg Castle. There you can enjoy a fantastic view of the Elbe valley and explore the late Gothic castle.

Hotel tip:
Located directly next to Albrechtsburg Castle and Meissen Cathedral, the Romantik Hotel Burgkeller & Residenz Kerstinghaus awaits you above the roofs of the city. In the royal Saxon castle cellar, you reside in a quiet location in stylish rooms and enjoy the culinary diversity of the house.

6th STOP: DRESDEN

In the capital of Saxony, a great selection of sights awaits you, which together form a fantastic backdrop. Dresden has a long and exciting history and inspires with fascinating buildings of different architectural styles. In the heart of the old town, the Frauenkirche on Dresden's Neumarkt awaits you. The baroque church from the 18th century was rebuilt after the 2nd World War and has since been a symbol of reconciliation. The Catholic Court Church also inspires in the baroque style in the old town. Dresden's Semper Opera House is an impressive building that combines architectural styles from the Renaissance, neo-baroque and Corinthian order. From the Hausmannsturm in the Residenzschloss you can enjoy a fabulous view of the Theaterplatz and the Semper Opera House. The Dresden Zwinger, dating from the 12th century, houses historically valuable buildings and gardens as well as the Old Masters Picture Gallery, where works of art from the 15th to 18th centuries can be admired. Directly in the old town you will also find the Brühl Terrace promenade, whose origins date back to the 16th century. The Brühl Terrace invites you to relax after an extensive sightseeing tour.

Hotel tip:
The Romantik Hotel Bülow Residenz welcomes you in one of the oldest mansions in Saxony in the heart of the Dresden baroque quarter. Here you can linger in elegant rooms and suites and enjoy the charming style of the hotel while enjoying a hearty breakfast in the covered inner courtyard or in the baroque breakfast restaurant.

7th STOP: PIRNA

In Pirna you will find a cosy historic old town with charming shops, cafés and restaurants inviting you to stay. For history fans a visit to the GDR Museum is worthwhile. There you look back into the daily life in the GDR and learn all the background information on over 2000 square meters. In Pirna you will also find the Richard-Wagner-Museum in the Lohengrinhaus. This is where his most successful opera "Lohengrin" was written, which he composed during a summer holiday in 1846. Wagner's life's work is comprehensively recorded here and can be experienced in rooms from that time.

Hotel tip:
The Romantik Hotel Deutsches Haus in Pirna welcomes you directly in the medieval old town. You will feel at home in the comfortable rooms. In the in-house restaurants you will be spoiled with regional and international cuisine and enjoy the matching wines from the well-assorted wine cellar.

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