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East Bavaria


East Bavaria - a perfect holiday dream

Experience Bavarian lifestyle, culture and tradition

East Bavaria extends from the boarders of Czech republic and Austria in the East to Franconia in the West (it’s 30 kilometres to Nuremberg) and from Upper Bavaria in the South to Upper-Franconia in the North. East Bavaria is divided into four regions, which are the Bavarian Forest, the Upper-palatinate Forest, the Bavarian-Jurassic-Hills, and the Southern Lower Bavaria. The East Bavarian-cities offer modern comfort, lifestyle and culture. The “Bayerisches Golf- und Thermenland region” invites their guests to relax body, soul and spirit. It is one of the leading wellness and spa destinations in Europe. Guests will also find 40 first class golf resorts within the area and the neighbouring sector. In 2002 nearly 4 million guests arrived and nearly 18 million overnight-stays were counted. In both cases tourism attained nearly the same results, compared to the year 2001. Where do our guests come from? Most of them – 95 percent – are from Germany, 30 percent of them are people from Bavaria. The foreign guests come mainly from the Netherlands, Austria, the United States, Switzerland and Great Britain. Why do all these people spend their holidays in East Bavaria? They enjoy the nature, the activities they can enjoy in the largest continuous mountain-forest in Central Europe or - at and on the rivers, like the Danube or the Altmühl. They like the Bavarian festivals, the Bavarian beer and the picturesque landscape of East Bavaria.
People, who are particularly interested in nature and wilderness, are invited to visit the first National Park of Germany, the Bavarian Forest National Park. Nature is allowed to develop freely there. All natural processes are protected. Visitors can enjoy this development on 300 km well managed paths.
They see rare plants, birds and other native animals, for example the lynx, which found its own way back to the Bavarian Forest from Bohemia. On the crystal-road people can experience glass in all variations. Drinking-glass, precious and rare glass objects, crystal-lamps, glass-music and of course the flowing hot glass-mass in the hands of highly skilled glass-blowers. The crystal-road is a holiday-route, stretching 250 km from Neustadt an der Waldnaab all the way to Passau. Families with children will find beautiful places and have relaxed holidays, for example at the farm-house-accommodations mostly in the Bavarian Forest or in the Upper-palatinate Forest. Another important group of guests are people, who want to spend Wellness- and health-holidays in East Bavaria. For this reason and to make your decision easy where to spend your Wellness or health holidays, Bavaria Tourism created the trade-mark of WellVital and the tourist board of East Bavaria produced the brochure “Wellness, Kur & mehr”, meaning “I feel good, in East Bavaria”.


“Europe’s Green Roof”
In East Bavaria you find Europe’s “Green Roof”, in Germany known as the “Grünes Dach Europas”. It’s the largest area of green mountains in Central Europe.

Boundless forest wilderness in the first German national park
„Let nature be nature“ is the philosophy of the Bavarian Forest National Park. And indeed, nowhere else between the Atlantic Ocean and the Ural Mountains, there is such a large area of forests with their bogs allowed to grow and develop into a unique landscape of primeval
forest- according to their own laws, into a true “wilderness”.

Unwind and discover - hiking holidays in the Bavarian Forest
A lasting impression of the ever changing beauty of nature, time for reflection or a sporty challenge: a hiking holiday in the Bavarian Forest holds countless possibilities to make a pleasant stay into something extra special. During your hiking holiday in the Bavarian Forest, experience for yourself  - true nature.
The tracks and trails of the Bavarian Forest are treasured by lovers of hiking for their variety and natural beauty and provide an experience that the hiker will never forget!
People of all ages will be impressed by their hiking holiday in the Bavarian Forest and not only will they be keeping themselves fit but they will return home feeling refreshed and relaxed. Get to know the pleasures of walking in the Bavarian Forest and spend unforgettable days in this walkers’ paradise! You want to hike one of the ten Top Trails of Germany? The “Goldsteig” leads you through outstanding nature in East Bavaria.

Peak “Grosser Arber” – King of the Bavarian forest
The Grosser Arber (1456 m) is not only the highest in Bavarian-Bohemian mountain range, it is also important for nature and wildlife. The huge concentration of natural phenomena makes the Arber region an invaluable treasure. The Rissloch-Waterfalls, various moors, the glacial lakes in their steep-walled cirques and the primeval forest add to the distinctive character of this unqiue area. As early as 1939, large parts of the area were designated protected areas, in order to preserve their uniqueness.  The Grosser Arber (1456 m) is the highest peak of the Bavarian-Bohemian mountain range and is often referred to as „King of the Bavarian Forest“. The Grosser Arber and the woodlands down to Bayerisch Eisenstein are owned by Prince von Hohenzollern.
Winter on the Arber: Nature on the Grosser Arber takes on the most incredible shapes. Wind, snow and ice cold temperatures transform the dwarf pines into bizarre shapes, that in bright sunshine resemble pictures from fairy tale books. Walkers can spend a wonderful winter day enjoying the stunning views of the border mountains in Germany and the Czech Republic. On days when the Foehn is blowing, even the Austrian and German Alps are visible.

East Bavaria – Crystal Road
The regions known as the Bavarian Forest und Upper Palatinate Forest trace their roots back to ancient times and offer not only a stunning landscape but many historical towns and cities well worth visiting, not to mention a centuries old tradition of producing and refining glass.
Go on tour on this famous holiday route. It offers unforgettable opportunities to experience historic glass towns, admire crystal crafts, see valuable antique crystal objects, as well as modern works of art in one of the many galleries, museums or factories.
The Glass Museum in Passau houses the largest collection of Bohemian glass in the world whereas many wellknown glass artists exhibit their works in places such as the Glass Museum in Frauenau or the Gallery Hermann in Drachselsried.  Travel on the Crystal Road and relish the fascinating world of crystal and glass.

Regensburg – Germany’s medieval miracle
UNESCO World Heritage since 2006
Regensburg’s buildings and towers were left virtually unscathed during the World Wars and that’s why some of the city’s awesome structures have survived for 2.000 years. The Stone Bridge has been in continuous use for more than 800 years and is obviously not just a tourist attraction today. Regensburg’s most famous ecclesiastical building is the Gothic St. Peter’s Cathedral. One of the most impressive remnants of Roman occupation in Regensburg is the Porta Praetoria behind the cathedral.
Shopping: Commerce in Regensburg is as old as the town itself. During the Middle Ages the city grew large and famous through the wealth of its merchants. It is still a merchants’ town with its modern shopping centres, high quality wares and independent boutiques in the Old Town.
Food and Drinks: The ancient Wurstküche is one of Germany’s oldest sausage kitchens near the Stone Bridge. But also numerous hotels, restaurants and beer gardens fulfil the culinary wishes of their guests.

Cultural sight-seeing
In not even 300 Kilometers distance from Regensburg there are three more UNESCO World Cultural Heritages: Prague, Pilsen and Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic

Passau The City on Three Rivers
Passau is a lively modern town and history city. Located near the Austrian and Czech border, Passau is one of the most fascinating places in Europe with charm matching beauty, history matching culture, and art matching life. Its distinctive ambience making the city’s extraordinary beauty is provided by the interplay of the sights and the historic centre with its narrow and winding little streets and alley-ways. Passau’s unique location at the confluence of the three rivers Danube, Inn and Ilz has also made the town a cultural and artistic centre of a kind.
The baroque old-town offer several sights in walking distance. The most impressing highlights of every visit are the St. Steven’s cathedral with the greatest church organ of the world, the fortress Veste Oberhaus with an unique panoramic view of the city and the sumptuously ornamented rooms of the old city hall. You shouldn’t miss a city tour by boat which gives you an impression of the extraordinary beauty of Passau.

The Route of Emperors and Kings leads from East Bavaria to Hungary and connects towns like Regensburg, Passau, Vienna and Budapest.

The Danube
The Danube is an artery to Europe and has a long history. Around 10.000 years ago there were first human settlements in the Danube region. Approximately 3.000 years ago Celtic tribes discovered the region. They named it “Dan” meaning “big river” in Celtic language. After the turn of the millennium the Danube became the boarder of the Roman Empire. The Celts, the Romans, Charlemagne, the Wittelsbacher and the Habsburger – they have all left their marks on the Danube which can still be seen an experienced today. The most appealing part of the Danube river flows through Bavaria.

The Danube is Europe's second-longest river.  It links Central Europe with the countries of Eastern Europe and provides a common transport corridor between towns and cities such as Ulm, Regensburg, Passau, Vienna, Pressburg or Budapest.  Despite many historical attempts, it was only after completion of the Main-Danube Canal, which flows into the Danube near Kelheim, that there has been a continuous trans-European waterway from the North Sea to the Black Sea.  The Danube flows through South Germany from west to east and is within easy reach of many important towns and historically significant places.

The Route of Emperors and Kings leads from East Bavaria to Hungary and connects towns like Regensburg, Passau, Vienna and Budapest.

Bayerisches Golf- und Thermenland  -  Bavaria’s prime spa and golf region
With more than five million overnight stays per annum, the region Bayerisches Golf & Thermenland is one of the leading wellness and spa destinations in Europe. With the five renowned spas and hot springs Bad Füssing, Bad Griesbach, Bad Birnbach, Bad Gögging and Bad Abbach as well as 40 first class golf resorts within the area and the neighbouring sector the region Bayerisches Golf & Thermenland provides its guests with a healthy and active holiday offering. Furthermore over 1,500 kilometres of gorgeous cycling and Nordic Walking routes account for ideal recreation within a beautiful natural surrounding. The region is also characterized by lively tradition and a multisided offer of cultural and culinary specialties which can be found for example in the magnificent dukes residences and cathedral cities of Passau, Landshut, Straubing and Dingolfing.

Relais & Chateaux Burg Wernberg
Visit the unique, charming blend of the past, the present and the future. This is a refined place to stay protected by robust, authentic castle walls, in the heart of the unspoilt, sprawling natural countryside of the Upper Palatinate.Ideally suited to spontaneous pampering weekends, seductive gourmet treats and unforgettable fairytale weddings.
In the Kastell gourmet restaurant we want to treat you to something very special. You can dine beneath bright, historic pointed arch vaults, in the tower room or in the adjoining room with arched windows. The spacious atmosphere is punctuated by stylishly simple furnishings.
Silver from Robbe & Berking, the finest porcelain from KPM and mouth-blown glasses from Spiegelau provide the perfect accompaniment to delicious culinary treats and fine wines. Enjoy the exquisite starters, perfectly composed soups, refined fish and meat dishes and revel in the sumptuous desserts to finish. Vegetarians can look forward to a special individual meal created by Thomas Kellermann.
The "Kastell" gourmet restaurant has been awarded, among other accolades, one star by the Michelin Guide. Chef Thomas Kellermann, mâitre Karl-Heinz Haverland, sommelier Frank Hildebrand and their team look forward to welcoming you.
In East Bavaria there is the highest amount of well preserved castles in a German region.

Maybach – the luxury car brand in the city of Neumarkt
The city of Neumarkt in the Upper Palatinate attracts fans of veteran cars from all over the world. Visitors will find a vast collection of rare models from the luxury car brand manufacturer Maybach. Situated in a reconstructed 2,500 square meter factory building the museum displays 16 luxury cars from the famous German auto manufacturer. 
Only 160 Maybach cars still exist worldwide, 16 are located in Neumarkt and 10 of them are in mint condition and roadworthy.
The factory building that houses the „Museum for veteran Maybach vehicles“ is almost 125 years old and was once owned by the “Express” company which built bicycles and motorbikes.

Hiking on the Jurasteig - The Compelling Karst Landscape of the Jurasteig
When sponges, snails and microorganisms were deposited in the Tethys Sea 200 million years ago, this sediment created the foundations of the fissured chalk rocks of the present-day Bavarian Jura. Millions of years of erosion have left the karst landscape with distinct characteristics including steep faces, caves, fissured rocks, dry valleys and sinkholes. Now a new hiking trail leads through this interesting and varied region. 
The Jurasteig, recently awarded the German Hikers Association’s seal of quality, skirts the districts of Kelheim, Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, Amberg-Sulzbach and Regensburg on 230 km. The Danube, Altmühl and Naab valleys all lie on the route, as do stalactite caves and the famous Blautopf karsts spring. The Jurasteig is divided into 12 stages, each of which can be covered in a day. In addition, there are 17 circular paths that branch off from the main trail and which can also be covered in one day. The individual stretches vary from around 15 kilometres with a walking time of around 4 hours, to 27 kilometres, which take around seven hours to cover. There are numerous access points and the trail can be walked in each direction. Full signage in each direction ensures that walkers never lose their way. The Jurasteig has something to offer to hikers of all levels: from simple paths through scenic landscapes to demanding routes over numerous peaks and valleys. Nature lovers can discover numerous rare animals and plants alongside the trail including orchids and clusterhead pinks, while rocky heights are the domain of the peregrine falcon. And there are always monasteries and castles to be seen somewhere in the distance. The famous Weltenburg Benedictine monastery, the pilgrimage church at Velburg and the ruined castle at Hohenburg – all are well worth a detour.
Beside the Benedict Abbey of Weltenburg with the baroque church built by Asam and tasty beer is brewed, the river Danube flows through a narrowness formed by the water right through a big rock.

King Otto Dripstone-cave with Adventhall in Velburg
The König-Otto-Tropfsteinhöhle (King Otto dripstone cave) is located near Velburg. The plateau is hilly, some of the hills have dolomite rocks on top, which were often used to build castles. The hills are the remains of petrified reefs, which resist weathering better than sedimentary limestone. Also this hills are much less fertile, so they are used for forestry. Towns and agriculture take place in the valleys and plains in between. Inside such a forest covered hill, close to the town St. Colomann is the location of the König-Otto-Tropfsteinhöhle. The cave was named after the bavarian King Otto I., as it was discovered on his saint's day, the 30-SEP-1895. 1972 members of a caving club discovered Adventhalle (Advent Chamber). It was named after its discovery on the first Advent. The special feature of this chamber are its speleothems, among them dogtooth spars, cave pearls and even some helictites. The new chamber is extraordinary. It was covered by a cave lake for a very long time, and the water deposited calcite crusts all over. In opposition to dripstones with rather smooth surface, this calcite is formed of single growing crystals which are also called dogtooth spars. At the surface of the water the amount of deposited calcite is pretty high. This results in so called water level marks, horizontal deposits of limestone marking the former water level. Stalagmites which grew on dry ground and then get partly covered by a cave lake get a certain look: they are covered by calcite crystals at the foot.

Porcelain route
The Porcelain Route welcomes you on a journey through three centuries of china history. The Holiday Route crosses the whole of North-East Bavaria (over 500 kilometres) and unites the attractive holiday areas Steigerwald, Upper Maintal, Coburger Land, Frankenwald, Fichtelgebirge and Oberpfälzer Wald. A varied landscape invites you to stay, and to enjoy the regional cuisine. As multi-faceted as the china is it is also the home of the White Gold. Not only in the idyllic small towns but also in cities like Bamberg, Bayreuth, Selb and Weiden china is ubiquitous. The china tradition is often reflected in the townscape; in many places you can discover a harmonic symbiosis of industry heritage, culture and nature. The proud past shows itself constantly: Museums, factory outlets, speciality shops and manufacturers show the whole spectrum of the shard. World-famous labels like Rosenthal, Hutschenreuther, Seltmann and Walküre produce to this day traditional china. More than 40 factory outlets and studios offer services, figurines and decorative articles at low prices. Numerous museums reflect this unique historic achievement in Germany – from the origin of the first ceramics to the lifestyle items of the 21st. century. Here you can get to know the work and the everyday life of the china workers in the course of the time. Discover a natural material, whose utilisation and form is hard to exceed. Experience solid handcraft and stylish design and feel the fascination of the variety of the White Gold.

Monastery Waldsassen
Waldsassen in the upper palatinate forest is the home of the 875 year old Cistercian Monastery with a worth seeing basilica and an extraordinary furnished library.

One man´s fight against a dragon known as the “Further Drachenstich”
The „Further Drachenstich“ is known to be the oldest play in Germany. All actors are laymen. This piece of tragedy and hope transfers its audience into the Middle Ages, when a fierce battle is looming in the small city of Furth im Wald near the border to Czech Republic. The play is performed by residents of Furth im Wald every year since five decades. As if war was not enough, a dragon arises. Only a knight can kill the beast and save thousands of lives…
The audience is fascinated by the lifelike dragon that hisses around the marketplace.
The newest version of this high tech dragon, the biggest slow moving four-legged robot in the world, will be seen in 2010.
The beast will weigh around 10 tons, measure 4,5 meters from its feet to its spine and feature a total length from chin to tail of 16 meters.

The play is performed every year in July and August.


East Bavaria
Tourist Association
Im Gewerbepark D04
93059 Regensburg
Telephone: 09 41 / 5 85 39-0
Fax: 09 41 / 5 85 39-39

East Bavaria

Im Gewerbepark D04
93059 Regensburg

Fa. Stadler

Schäffnerstraße 25
93047 Regensburg

Rent a bike

93047 Regensburg

Fahr - Rad - Laden ACHT

Furtmayrstraße 12
93047 Regensburg

Trekking - und Kanu Laden Regensburg

Obere Bachgasse 13/14
93047 Regensburg

Regensburg UNESCO World Cultural Heritage

Roter Herzfleck 2
93047 Regensburg


Wöhrdstraße 60
93059 Regensburg

Fa. Ehrl

Am Protzenweiher 5
93047 Regensburg

Fa. Rosenhammer

Lappersdorfer Straße 2
93047 Regensburg

Naturkundemuseum Ostbayern

Am Prebrunntor 4
93047 Regensburg


Weinweg 40
93049 Regensburg
Bayern Wappen

24. Etappe: Bad Abbach - Regensburg

Christian Platzeck, Kanuverleih

Embacher Str. 10
93083 Niedertraubling
Bayern Wappen

25. Etappe: Regensburg - Bach


Kaiser-Karl-V.-Allee 5
93077 Bad Abbach

Wohnmobilstellplatz Kaiser-Therme

Kurallee 4
93077 Bad Abbach

Campingplatz Freizeitinsel

Inselstr. 1 a
93077 Bad Abbach

Campingplatz Freizeitinsel

Inselstr. 1 a
93077 Bad Abbach

Campingplatz Donaulände mit Gasthof

Kanalstr. 22
93077 Bad Abbach/Poikam

Campingplatz Kapfelberg

Bootsweg 3
93309 Kelheim
Bayern Wappen

23. Etappe: Kelheim - Bad Abbach