A Bavarian Experience on the Danube

Searching for history, culture and experience you arrive into Germany to embark on a journey along the Danube river. One of the longest rivers in Europe with many cities that access the river, the best place to start your travels is from memorable and medieval Germany.

The heartland of the river, the Danube in Germany offers you charming towns along the river that are filled with historic castles, beautiful cathedrals and culture that goes back thousands of years.

With many towns and villages to explore, there are three key German towns along the Danube river and the “The Route of Emperors and Kings of Bavaria”.

Nuremberg

Nuremberg is best known for its role in World War II Germany, the Nazi Rally grounds and the Nuremberg Trials at the Justice Palace. There are many tours and underground experiences offered in Nuremberg for World War II enthusiasts. 

Not just historic, a city of art and culture, there are many attractions to explore including the medieval fortified Nuremberg Castle complex in the altstadt (old town). 

Nuremberg is a walking city and exploring the area you can follow the old city walls finding medieval gates and towers, the old town squares and the Hauptmarkts (open markets).

Foodies will enjoy the  traditional Franconian fare and popular local offerings like lebkuchen German cakes and Nuremberg sausages.

Recommendation: Plan time to relax at one of the many beer gardens scattered throughout the city of Nuremberg.

Regensburg

Departing Nuremberg you will travel up river to Regensburg. Located where the Danube river meets the Regen and Naab rivers in the eastern part of lower Germany. The 4th largest city in the Bavarian region of Germany is a cultural center. Regensburg played an important role during rule of Germany by the Holy Roman Empire. 

A UNESCO World Heritage site as one of the largest “old towns” in Germany. Regensburg attracts visitors to its  medieval town filled with historic buildings, gardens and parks. One that is highly recommended is the Dom Cathedral. Built starting in 1275 and finished in 1869 the complex is primarily made up of Gothic architecture with adjoining chapels that predate the Dom dating back to the 8th century. 

As you walk the town, you will find many medieval churches each offering its own stories that are visit worthy. Other recommended visits is the medieval stone bridge which dates back to the 11th century that was used during the crusades to cross the Danube.

Don’t miss the Sausage Kitchen. One of the oldest public restaurants in the world actively serving guests since the 11th century. 

Passau
As you journey along the Danube following the  Route of Emperors and  Kings, you will pass historic castles and beautiful landscapes as you travel to Passau. 

Referred to as the “City of Three Rivers” because the Danube joins the Inn river from the south and the Ilz river from the north. Passau is a smaller city but is well known for its gothic and baroque architecture. 

You will first notice walking the cobble-stoned streets of Passau’s Old City (die alstadt) the Veste Oberhaus Fortress which can be seen high on a mountain top facing the city.

Tip: A highlight of visiting the fortress is the 18th Century viewing platform with fabulous views of historic Passau and the rivers below.

Not to be missed is the Italian Baroque Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral). Notable as having one of the largest pipe organs in the world with over 17,000 pipes. Concerts are held daily during the warmer summer months and worth scheduling your visit around to experience the organ in action for yourself.

Your journey along the Danube’s Route of Emperors and Bavarian Kings will continue from Passau into some of the beautiful river towns of Slovakia, Austria, including Vienna and Hungary until you reach your final destination in Budapest. 

There are so many reasons to visit Germany, an enjoyable and unique experience is to travel the inland waterways exploring the towns and villages of Germany and other neighboring countries from your boutique floating hotel. Discover if the Danube is a good match for your next river cruise experience.