|Swabia (Schwaben) is a Bezirk (Region) of Bavaria. It is divided into the ten districts shown on the map below. Towns and cities are listed by district and hotel information is accessed by clicking on the location of interest.
The term Swabia applies to a much larger area, most of it in Württemberg. Here we are covering only the part located in Bavaria.
The Romantische Straße (Romantic Road) is a well-marked 250 mile stretch of road that passes through picturesque towns with well-preserved historic centers. It is Germany's premiere road of this kind. It starts out at Würzburg in the north, enters Swabia at Wallerstein and continues south after a detour into Upper Bavaria to Füssen. Extraordinary towns along the Road are:
Nördlingen, more than 1000 years old, and still surrounded by its original wall. The town was the site of fierce battles during the thirty-years war, when the thriving area became completeltely depopulated. It is located in the middle of a large depression, formed millions of years ago by the impact of giant meteorites.
Augsburg, a city of more than 250,000, is the beautiful capital of the region. The city was founded by the Romans and played an important role in the days of the Holy Roman Empire.
Füssen, the southern end point of the Romantic road was once a Roman provincial capital. Nearby are Bavaria's top tourist attractions, Schloss Neuschwanstein and Schloss Hohenschwangau.
The towns and cities along the Road between Würzburg and Füssen have been listed in sequence under "Romantische Straße."
The Allgäu, the three most southern Swabian districts, offers beautiful landscapes and great skiing in the winter. Oberststaufen, Oberstdorf and Pfronten are among the major ski centers.