Between the Nature Park Altmühltal with its “Weltenburger Enge” nature reserve to the north, the hilly Hopfenland Hallertau to the south and the rugged landscape of the Bavarian Jura to the east, the holiday region of “Bayerns Herzstück” (“Bavaria’s Heart”) in the district of Kelheim awaits guests with its special diversity.
The wild Danube breaks through 70-metre high cliffs, Celts and Romans have left their mark, and beer has its origins here. The mineral springs of the health resorts of Bad Abbach and Bad Gögging provide relaxation for royalty.
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Natural and cultural treasures on the Danube
The Weltenburger Enge with the imposing Danube Gorge is one of the oldest nature reserves in Bavaria. You can experience the Danube Gorge with its rugged rocks at its most beautiful on a boat trip from the Wittelsbach town of Kelheim to Weltenburg Abbey. The church of the abbey was built by the Asam brothers and is considered a masterpiece of Baroque architecture. The town of Kelheim enthrals visitors with its lively history of Celts, dukes and kings. The Befreiungshalle (Hall of Liberation) on Michelsberg, visible from a distance, is the symbol of the city.
Picturesque Altmühltal between rocks and the river
On a boat trip through the picturesque Altmühltal valley from Kelheim to Riedenburg via Essing, the bizarre rock formations and the wildly romantic natural spectacle fascinate visitors. The romantic town of Essing with its lively Tatzlwurm, one of Europe’s longest wooden bridges, hugs the rock. Here you can experience art and nature along the broad and gravelled art trail along rock and river. The Crystal Museum in the three-castle town of Riedenburg has the largest collection of rock crystals in the world on display. Enjoy the small-town flair along the waterfront and against the backdrop of the Rosenburg. The circuit leads around the Riedenburg town pond. Another wheelchair-accessible path leads to a special vantage point in Riedenburg and the Altmühltal.
Abensberg, famous for its asparagus and hops, forms the “northern gate” to the Hallertau, the largest contiguous hop growing area in the world. Barrier-free city tours give an insight into the medieval town ( www.abensberg.de ). The city museum can be found in the Herzogkasten. Abensberg’s quality asparagus is well known far beyond the boundaries of the district. In spring, you can experience the asparagus harvest up close. All year round, hop ambassadors will show you how hops grow and how they are harvested on their hop experience farms in Mainburg, such as the Stiglmaier or Zellner hop farms.
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Food and drink tips/Tips for overnight stays:
- Gästehaus St. Georg - Kloster Weltenburg
- DORMERO Hotel Kelheim
- Jugendherberge Kelheim
- Ferienhof Stark in Kelheim
- Hotel und Gasthof Sixt in Rohr
- Brauereigasthof Stanglbräu in Herrnwahlthann
- Gasthaus Schwan in Riedenburg
- Hotel & Brauereigasthof Schneider in Essing
- Restaurant "Zum Roten Eichhörnchen" im DORMERO Hotel Kelheim
- Fasslwirtschaft in Riedenburg