In eastern Bavaria, active holidaymakers are just as at home as culture buffs and nature lovers. As well as the Bayerischer Wald (Bavarian Forest), this region also boasts the Bavarian Jura, the Oberpfälzer Wald and Bavaria’s Golf and Spa region.
The routeThis tour starts in the north-east, close to the Czech border. This is where the towns of Selb and Hohenberg an der Eger can be found, as well as the Porzellanikon, a museum complex that is made up of several separate exhibitions. From there the route takes you through the picturesque Oberpfälzer Wald in a southerly direction, and past the “land of a thousand lakes” between the towns of Waldsassen and Kemnath. To be precise, there are around 4,000 lakes, which were created years ago for fish farming. Less than an hour’s drive away, in the municipality of Schwandorf in the south, lies Guteneck Castle, which was built in the 12th century. It now offers holiday apartments for rent and is the venue for various events.
Driving further in a southerly direction you come to the first foothills of the Bayerischer Wald (Bavarian Forest). It’s worth taking a break here at the pilgrimage site of Frauenau and paying a visit to the local glass museum as well as the Poschinger Glasmanufaktur glass factory. Then the route continues to Passau: The “City of Three Rivers” has a picturesque old town with winding alleys and a magnificent cathedral.
As an antidote to all this culture and history, the wellness hotel Maibrunn in St. Englmar offers you outstanding accommodation in the Sightsleeping Hotels – a seal that guarantees extraordinary hotels with a unique ambiance in Bavaria. If your real passion lies in classical means of motorised transportation, not far from St. Englmar you will find the Motorcycle Museum in Kollnburg, where you can admire the impressive collection of bikes in the “Wurzelhaus”. Not far away, in Rattenberg, there is also a small but fine Bulldog collection. A visit to Regensburg, the capital of the administrative district of the Upper Palatinate and its surrounding area, is definitely recommended. The old town in Regensburg with its numerous historically fascinating buildings and monuments were designated aUNESCO World Heritage site in 2006. The route over the Stone Bridge to the city gates is impressive, and St. Peter’s Cathedral, the home of the Regensburg Domspatzen (“cathedral sparrows”), is definitely worth a visit. Visitors should also visit the patrician towers known as the “Haus an der Heuport”, which are just opposite the cathedral. To the east of the city the 19th century Walhalla monument catches the eye while the breathtaking Danube Gorge is located to the west at Kelheim. The route finally ends at Weltenburg Abbey, which is situated directly on the banks of the Bavarian Danube. The beer produced by the Abbey brewery is a classic, and the Biergarten is one of the most delightful in Bavaria.
- Guteneck: Guteneck Castle
- Sankt Englmar: Berghotel Maibrunn
- Passau: Hotel Wilder Mann
- Weltenburg Abbey: Gästehaus St. Georg