Famed across Europe for its remarkable regional range of hiking trails, the Allgau is a picturesque paradise for those wanting to explore on foot. Pastoral perfection compliments ragged peaks and gently flowing streams meander into rushing rivers, affording walkers views of flower filled meadows, ragged rock faces and luscious lakes. In captivating contrast to the stunning nature, the region also offers some incredible cities featuring glittering and grandiose architecture and rich historical heritage.
Kaleidoscopic Kempten and Glittering Augsburg
The principal town in the verdant Allgau region is Kempton, a gentle and gorgeous place in which a serene, southern atmosphere permeates. The grandiose Town Hall Square is reminiscent of a classic Italian piazza, and the street cafes and coffee shops contribute to this air of cosmopolitan charisma. Stunning examples of Baroque architecture come in the form of the St. Lorenz Basilica, while Roman ruins are given a vibrant breath of life in the Archeaological Park Cambodunum.
Dripping with opulence and classical splendour, the affluent architecture of the city of Augsburg is spellbinding. The Golden Hall rivals the Sistine Chapel in terms of magnificent mosaic, gilded embellishments and Renaissance romanticism, while the bronze sculptures within the Mercury, Augustus and Hercules Fountains glisten magically beneath the gushing streams of water. Ascension of the Perlach Tower affords visitors panoramic views of Augsburg’s stunning cityscape, a vista that is particularly enchanting during sunset.
The Fairy Tale King
The region of Allgau boasts one of Europe’s most alluring attractions, the ethereal and enchanting Castle of Neuschwanstein, the structure upon which the Walt Disney logo is said to be based. The castle is surrounded by dramatic and severe mountain peaks and was built by the late King Ludwig, who desired a place of refuge in which to wallow in solitude. Hikes surrounding the castle oscillate between high altitude climbs and gentle pastoral strolls however all will reveal scenery akin to fairy tales.