The Duchy of Swabia, established at the end of the 10th century, covered a much larger area than the region we call Swabia today. Given the historical background, it is not surprising, however, that the Eastern Route of the Upper Swabian Baroque Route also included Bavarian towns such as Memmingen, Ottobeuren and Kempten.
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Discover the Duchy of Swabia
The territory of the Duchy of Swabia extended in the north up to the Neckar, in the west it even included Alsace, in the south it included large parts of Switzerland and today's "Vorarlberg", and the eastern border lay near the river "Lech". Upper Swabia, as part of the duchy, consisted of both the southeastern part of Baden-Württemberg and the southwestern part of Bavaria. Today, the borders of the region can no longer be defined exactly, but in rough outlines, natural barriers are mentioned as the border lines: from the Danube to Lake Constance, from the Black Forest to the Iller. The Eastern Route of the Upper Swabian Baroque Route is characterized by a very special architectural style and artistic decoration of the buildings that make up this very special Upper Swabian Baroque.
The Eastern Route starts in the monastery Wiblingen, where the library hall, which is considered the most successful room creation of the Rococo, invites you to marvel. From there it continues to the pilgrimage church of Witzighausen, via the Premonstratensian monastery of Roggenburg, to Illertissen, where the chapel of the Vöhlinschloss shows an impressive dome fresco. Further south you will cross the Bavarian Charterhouse Buxheim, where the production of stucco, fresco painting and gilding can be recreated. Also in Bavaria, the Kreuzherrnkloster in Memmingen invites visitors to take part in exciting guided tours, and in Ottobeuren visitors will encounter an impressive monastery and the baroque basilica.
Before the route ends in Kißlegg with the Kißlegg Castle and its romantic castle garden, it leads via Leutkirch, where the town hall, one of the most important late baroque secular buildings, can be visited.
Further information can be found in the brochure "Offizieller Routenführer der Oberschwäbischen Barockstraße" (only available in German). You can order it here free of charge.
The former Charterhouse Buxheim is the best preserved charterhouse in the German-speaking world. Especially the grandiose baroque choir stalls by Ignaz Waibl in the Kartausenkirche are impressive.