It is at this stage of the journey that the Golden Road splits. The good took the ‘right’ way through Weiden and Bärnau, the bad through Wernberg and Waidhaus, which in the end proved to be the cheaper of the two. Despite the popularity of two routes the trade that Charles IV supported and promoted brought much wealth to many a town and the region in general. Majestic town halls sprang up in which the tradesmen could do business. Later during the baroque period the acanthus leaf found fame in interior architecture and decoration. The Ancient Greeks and the Romans used the motif widely, and it was ‘rediscovered’ and used in the embellishment of many an altar and church.
Ursprüngliche Dörfer, kunstvoll gestaltete Kirchen und Städte, prunkvolle Bäder: Die Goldene Straße, die Nürnberg und Prag verbindet, lädt ein auf eine Reise durch längst vergangene Zeiten und zu bewahrten Traditionen.