Culture and nature – these two elements seldom form such a perfect symbiosis as they do in the area around Kelheim, a perfect destination for vacationers and excursions.
There is probably no other area in the world where guests can experience such a wide variety of options within such a short distance. The range of experiences is as diverse as the local landscape, offering everything from sports and nature to culinary delights or simple rest and relaxation – whatever you are looking for, you can find it here. Weltenburg Abbey, known as the “Pearl of the Danube Gap,” and the castles of Riedenburg, Prunn, Randeck and Schloss Eggersberg enchant thousands of guests each year. At the Altmühltal Archaeology Park, the longest archaeological park in Europe, visitors can take an exciting journey through time between Kelheim and Dietfurt. There are 18 stations that explain 80,000 years of history and bring it to life. In the south of the region lies the hops-growing area of Hallertau, the largest contiguous area in the world devoted to cultivating hops. It is one of Bavaria’s most interesting cultural landscapes, and invites visitors to explore. Here, right where beer originates, you can really feel the fascination of “green gold,” as hops have also been called. Visitors can experience brewcraft and the area’s tradition of beer at Kuchlbauer’s Bierwelt, in Abensberg, with its 35-meter tower designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser.
Hikers and walkers can also find a wide range of options on the routes and paths in the area. The romantic paths of the “Altmühltal-Panoramaweg” panoramic route and the “Jurasteig” route, for example, pass sunny juniper heathlands and natural, untouched forests. Cyclists can look forward to a well-developed network of bike routes including the Danube and Altmühltal routes and the long-distance Munich-Regensburg-Prague route, to name just a few. Shorter circular routes invite cyclists to enjoy a day trip and get to know the area. The bath and hot springs complexes in Bad Abbach and Bad Gögging are the perfect spot to relax afterward.
The Danube Gap and surrounding area