A journey through the picturesque Danube valley
The Route of Emperors and Kings runs along the banks of the Bavarian Danube from Regensburg via Passau to Vienna and Budapest. Whether by ship, car, bicycle or on foot: Enjoy magnificent landscapes and a majestic ambience along stretches covering a total of 950 kilometres.
Along the Bavarian stretch some impressive stations await you: The Route of Emperors and Kings begins in the city of Regensburg in the east of Bavaria, which is more than 2,000 years old and a UNESCO World Heritage site. In former times it was home to sovereigns such as Emperor Charlemagne and Emperor Frederick I (Barbarossa). Fascinating historic buildings such as Thurn Castle and Taxis Palace, Regensburg Cathedral and the Old Stone Bridge still embody the history of the Middle Ages for us today.
The Route of Emperors and Kings: In the presence of great figures
On your journey along the Route of Emperors and Kings, as well as stopping at Deggendorf and Straubing you must make sure that you visit the Walhalla monument. It towers over the Danube valley around ten kilometres from Regensburg and is one of the most popular destinations in the region.
Surrounded by green meadows, lush fields and the majestic Bavarian Danube, it was built by the Bavarian King Ludwig I more than 180 years ago. It was modelled on the Parthenon, the temple on the Athenian Acropolis. Take a trip through Germany’s history in this magnificent building. This is where you can find 130 famous figures from the past, in the form of impressive marble busts.
After your tour, relax on the steps of this historic monument, and watch the spectacular sunset as it marks a fitting end to your eventful day.
Magnificent river cruise to the city of three rivers
On the following day, cruise like nobility on a magnificent ship along the Bavarian Danube in the direction of Passau: Because the roads were once so difficult to travel, many monarchs decided to cover this stretch of the journey by river. Nowadays the Route of Emperors and Kings is properly constructed, so that it is also a comfortable journey by car. Travelling past lush, vast fields and the imposing mountains of the Bavarian/Bohemian Forest, you finally arrive at Passau, the city of three rivers.
The French Emperor Napoleon I and the Austrian Empresses Sisi and Maria Theresa were erstwhile guests of this former episcopal principality. In addition, Passau hosted the imperial wedding of Leopold I in 1676. Make sure that you visit this historical city on your journey along the Route of Emperors and Kings and experience at first hand its magnificent and majestic atmosphere.