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Day 4
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Featuring the best-preserved town walls in all of Germany, Nördlingen is something of a mystery—not just the town itself, but the basin it sits in—the product of a meteor strike many years ago. It's an evocative outpost along this romantic route.
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  • Cycle the Ries, a basin formed by a meteor. The compressed rock it created was used to construct many of Nördlingen's buildings.
  • St. Georg Church is home to sentries who give the all clear for two hours every night, a tradition from the Thirty Years' War. The tower's view is unsurpassed in the region.

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