The Danube is the life and business artery of Europe and a river with a portentous past. Celts, Romans, Emperor Charles the Great, King Ludwig I, the Wittelsbachs and the Habsburgs have all left their mark on the Danube.
The source of the Danube river is located in the Black Forest and flows into Bavaria in the city of Neu-Ulm. The section flowing through Bavaria is definitely one of its prettiest connecting the Bavarian Forest and Bavaria’s golfing and spa regions with Upper Austria. The course of the river passes the cities of Donawörth, Neuburg, Ingolstadt, Kehlheim, Regensburg, Straubing, Deggendorf and finally Passau, after which it enters Austria.
There are many cultural highlights along the Danube, which can be explored during a river cruise or along the biketrails or hiking routes. River cruisers tie up in both Regensburg and Passau.
There’s plenty to see:
- In the Weltenburger Enge Nature Reserve the Danube has to squeeze its way through its narrowest section flanked by majestically soaring vertical cliffs past the baroque gem of Weltenburg Abbey, home to the oldest monastic brewery in the world, and past the Kelheim’s Hall of Liberation (Befreiungshalle).
- Further to the east the Walhalla dominates like the Pantheon the river far below. Just recently a new addition took its place in the marble palace: a bust of the poet Heinrich Heine.
- Stone bridge of Regensburg
- St Stephan’s cathedral in Passau that is home to an organ comprising some 17,974 pipes making it the largest church organ in the world.