The 2000-year-old city of Regensburg – a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2006 – offers numerous points of interest to its visitors and invites them for exciting journeys of discovery at any time of the year.
A wide variety of excursion destinations and individual recreational opportunities are offered by the Danube, historic old town and surrounding region – nestled in a varied landscape with gently rolling hills, dense forests and lush, green meadows.
As the focal point of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the St. Peter Regensburg Cathedral is among Bavaria’s most noticeable achievements of Gothic architecture. The cathedral with its tall spires stands out in the cityscape of Regensburg even from a distance. Guided tours of the cathedral, bishops’ burial ground and cathedral cloister are highly recommended.
Visitors to Regensburg should be sure to take a walk across the Stone Bridge. As a masterpiece of medieval architecture, the Stone Bridge joins the old Bavarian district of Stadtamhof to the old town of Regensburg and invites you to take a leisurely stroll, especially when the sun is shining.
The “Wurstkuchl” historic cookshop and sausage kitchen is located directly on the Danube promenade. Workers, stonemasons and longshoremen were entertained here as far back as the 12th century. Today the “Wurstkuchl” serves tasty bratwurst sausages and sauerkraut from its own production to its guests.
The Schottenportal is the north portal of Scots Monastery at St. James Benedictine Abbey, featuring numerous arches decorated with ornamental and figural sculptures. Here you as a visitor can marvel at one of the Bavaria’s most significant churches from the High Romanesque period.
Formerly one of Bavaria’s leading abbeys, St. Emmeram’s Basilica – as a papal basilica and parish church – is Regensburg’s most important main church next to the Regensburg Cathedral today. The church was built in Carolingian times (8th century) and redesigned in the baroque style by the Asam brothers.
Architecturally impressive monuments and well-kept green spaces invite you to visit the Herzogspark at the western end of the old town green belt. The Naturkundemuseum Ostbayern (Eastern Bavaria Museum of Natural History) is also found here, offering exciting insights into the region’s past and present for interested visitors.
Various entertaining open-air events such as the Spectaculum – a three-day medieval market – and the Bunte Wochenende (Colourful Weekend) are held regularly in Grieser Spitz park. Because of its shape, Regensburg natives also call the Grieser Spitz “Rockzipfel”.
At the Kneitinger brewery am Arnulfsplatz, regional plain fare and beer on tap gladden the hearts of a varied public. Young and old gather here and are received with warm hospitality. The brewery pub also called the “Mutterhaus” enjoys cult status and should definitely be considered worth a visit during your stay in Regensburg.
The Walhalla towers over the slopes of the Danube just a few kilometres from Regensburg. Busts of important women and men who made significant contributions in the course of Germany’s history await you inside. Visiting the hall of fame and honour on the Danube is a must, if for no reason other than to marvel at its imposing appearance and astounding architecture.
Hard to miss in a beautiful location – the colossal structure of the Hall of Liberation on the Michelsberg in Kelheim was built by King Ludwig I as a memorial for the victorious battles against Napoleon and a cenotaph for Germany’s unity. A museum shop, a small pub and exciting exhibitions on the history of the Hall of Liberation and surrounding regions await you as a visitor.
Also known as the “Weltenburg Narrows”, the Danube Gorge near Weltenburg lies directly between Kelheim and Weltenburg Abbey. Countless hiking trails lace the idyllic nature conservation area. Familiar long-distance hiking trails such as the Jakobsweg, Jurasteig and Altmühltal-Panoramaweg attract visitors from near and far. A boat tour is highly recommended, allowing visitors to enjoy a view of the entire Altmühltal Nature Park from an especially beautiful perspective.
A tour of Weltenburg Abbey can be readily combined with a visit to Danube Gorge and the Hall of Liberation at Kelheim. Taking a day trip in the form of a dreamlike cruise on the Danube will leave a lasting impression. For refreshments, visit the abbey’s own brewery and Klosterschenke bar. Church tours on the topics of architecture and art are offered by the parish community as well.
A highly dynamic and multifaceted environment awaits you at the Regensburg business park. As a central location for offices, retailers and service providers, the business park receives up to 15,500 visitors per day.
Visit www.gewerbepark.de for further information.
Visitors to the business park find just about anything their heart desires. A wide variety of shopping and recreational opportunities are available to you in close proximity.
As a hotel guest, you can reach these amenities conveniently on foot:
Further information about events in and around Regensburg is available here: www.regensburg.de, www.ostbayern-tourismus.de, www.regensburg-entdecken.de.
We are happy to share a few special tips from our employees – who have tested and experienced these excursions personally:
From Regensburg, take a trip to Bach a. d. Donau by bicycle or boat – depending on your sporting ambitions – to visit Germany’s smallest wine growing region. Take a tour of the BaierWeinMuseum and learn all about wine growing in Old Bavaria. Then you can stop at a small wine tavern and sustain yourself with a hearty meal.
Further information: www.bach-donau.de, www.baierwein-museum.de
Take a trip to the ancient ducal town of Straubing. The Gäubodenfest as Bavaria’s second-largest folk festival awaits you here at the beginning of August. But you can also enjoy a visit during the remainder of the year: Go to the Straubinger Tiergarten zoo and then stroll through the old town as you enjoy its special atmosphere.
Further information: www.straubing.de, www.tiergarten-straubing.de, www.volksfest-straubing.de
You prefer more excitement and long to explore the forests at lofty heights? Then the Kletterwald forest climbing park in Sinzing should be exactly right for you! Afterwards refreshments are found close by: Stop at the world’s oldest tavern in Eilsbrunn.
Further information: www.kletterwald-regensburg.de, www.gaststaette-roehrl.de
Special tip from Hotel Director Ralf Leidner:
In the morning, drive to Kelheim about 25 km south-west of Regensburg. From there, take a boat ride to the Danube Gorge near Weltenburg. Unwind as you enjoy a cold Weltenburg Abbey beer. Upon your return to Kelheim, continue to the Kuchlbauer brewery in Abensberg. See the Kuchlbauer Tower designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser and experience the combination of beer and art. Then you can pamper your palate in the beer garden. By the way, the delicious Kuchlbauer Weißbier is also available alcohol-free for drivers. Should you happen to be travelling in the time from April through June, be sure to try the Abensberg asparagus!
Further information: www.schifffahrtklinger.de, www.klosterschenke-weltenburg.de, www.kuchlbauers-bierwelt.de