History

Via Regia

The Via Regia, also known as the King’s Road, is a historic road, with origins dating back to the early history of Europe. Crossing it on a total length of more than 400 km, it formed one of the most important west-east connections on the continent for centuries.

History Across Europe

Origin and Development

The roots of the Via Regia date back to the time of the Roman Empire. However, the route became one of the most important trade routes in Europe, especially in the Middle Ages. It reached its greatest importance between the 13th and 17th centuries. The Via Regia extended over a length of about 4,000 kilometers, connecting the Spanish Atlantic coast with Kyiv in Ukraine. On its way, it crossed historical regions such as Galicia, Silesia, Saxony, and Thuringia.


Significance for Trade and Culture

The Via Regia was more than just a trade route; it was a lifeline for cultural and economic exchange between Eastern and Western Europe. The road facilitated the transport of goods such as cloth, salt, furs, and agricultural products, thereby contributing to the economic growth of the cities along its route. Moreover, it was a way for pilgrims, merchants, armies, and artists, thus contributing to the exchange of ideas, languages, and cultural influences.

The Via Regia in Germany and Poland

The Via Regia was of great significance not only in Germany but also in Poland. In Germany, it traversed the core regions of the Holy Roman Empire, linking major trading cities such as Frankfurt am Main, Erfurt, Leipzig, and Görlitz. These cities flourished due to the influx of merchants and pilgrims traveling along this route. The Via Regia also played a crucial role in political and military affairs, being a key route during the Crusades and various military conflicts in later periods.

In Poland, the Via Regia was equally important, serving as a vital corridor for trade and cultural exchange. It connected Polish cities with their German counterparts, facilitating not only commerce but also the flow of ideas and cultural influences between Eastern and Western Europe. Key Polish cities along the Via Regia included Wrocław, a major medieval trading center, and Kraków, renowned for its historical significance.

Your Connection To  the Via Regia

The Via Regia is not a single destination, but a historical fact to keep in mind when exploring the Area around The Lodge. Here you will find numerous remnants of medieval architecture and sites closely associated with this significant trade route. 

While direct Roman structures in this area are rare, as the Roman Empire did not extend its borders to these regions, everything had a significant development during the Middle Ages. 

This is particularly visible in the architecture of the surrounding towns and villages. Historical city walls, some of which are still preserved today, as well as impressive town halls in Brick Gothic style, bear witness to the importance and prosperity of the region. Gothic churches from the 13th century, such as the St. Peter and Paul Parish Church, display typical architectural features of this era.

This includes various castles and manor houses, such as the ruins of Gryf Castle, which was likely built in the 13th century and served as an important control and security post along the Via Regia

In addition to these prominent buildings, the area also has numerous smaller churches and chapels from the Middle Ages, some of which have been elaborately restored. They offer a vivid picture of the religious and cultural life of that time.

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4500 km

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 6 months

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