By the gorgeous gorges of Eastern Bavaria

Castles, canyons & colourful corals
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Danube gorge
By the gorgeous gorges of Eastern Bavaria

GNTO collates some charming gorges in Eastern Bavaria that are popular tourist attractions

With the water route passing Wackerstein Castle and Neustadt on the Danube and ending at the Danube Gorge, a canyon-like landscape with impressive rocks, the Danube River holds some spectacular views in store.
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The Weltenburger Enge with the Danube Gorge, is one of the oldest nature reserves in Bavaria, Germany. Dubbed as ‘the king of the rivers of Europe’ by Napoleon, the Danube River is the second longest river in Europe and runs through 10 countries. 

The sea green river alley is ornamented with gorgeous landscapes, be it mountains, gorges or rolling vineyards. Surrounding it are ruined castles, beautiful abbeys and tiny time warp towns that serve as splendid tourist places.

The German National Tourist Board says in a press statement that anyone travelling along the Danube through this unique cultural landscape south of Regensburg will experience an unforgettable natural spectacle. 

And while enjoying the breathtaking landscape visitors travel along some major historical sights and places in Eastern Bavaria like the Walhalla Hall of Fame, the UNESCO-City of Regensburg, the Liberation Hall in Kelheim and the Weltenburg Abbey at the Danube Gorge.

GNTO collates some charming gorges in Eastern Bavaria that are popular tourist attractions.

Cruise from the Stone Bridge

Stone Bridge

The Stone Bridge in Regensburg, Germany, is a 12th-century bridge across the Danube linking the Old Town with Stadtamhof

Regensburg, the once-flourishing trading metropolis on the Danube, has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its well-preserved mediaeval old town. Visitors looking for a peaceful journey can take a cruise from the Steinerne Brücke (Stone Bridge) through the beautiful Danube Valley.

Castles & canyons at Kelheim


Kelheim is bustling with attractions to be explored in Eastern Bavaria

Starting in Kelheim, the oldest abbey in Germany, Monastery Weltenburg is a popular spot here known for its impressive baroque Asam Church and famous beer. Donaudurchbruch represents the most picturesque part of the Danube’s Canyon at its passing through the Carpathians. 

Befreiungshalle or Liberation Hall on the Michelsberg is the symbol of the city, which, like the Walhalla in Regensburg, was built on the orders of King Ludwig I. The king loved magnificent castles, monuments and squares. GNTO says that he had the monumental victory hall built high above the Danube to honour the War of Liberation against Napoleon.

Coral magnificence in Stadtknechtstraße


Stadtknechtstraße is renowned for its rich coral life

Down at the jetty on Stadtknechtstraße, visitors can embark on a 45-minute cruise through the fairy tale landscape of the Danube Gorge.

GNTO says that 150 million years ago, this area was covered by a flat, sub-tropical sea. Corals and sponges built vast reefs out of limestone. Today, the Danube flows some five kilometres through the towering limestone cliffs.

The cruise ship glides past lush forests and rock faces up to 100 metres high. The centuries-old rock formations attracted aristocrats and wealthy citizens to the region in the 19th century. In 1840 the idyllic landscape was declared a natural monument by King Ludwig I.

A beer from the Klosterbrauerei

Klosterschenke Weltenburg

A beer from the abbey’s brewery is a must, says GNTO


GNTO says that the crowning glory is Weltenburg Abbey. Founded in the year 600, it is Bavaria’s oldest monastic complex. The splendid Asamkirche of the Benedictine Abbey is one of the masterpieces of European Baroque.

It adds that beer from the abbey’s brewery is a must, which has also won numerous accolades. It can be tasted in the beer garden of the Klosterschenke Weltenburg, along with other regional specialities.

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