District of Kelheim
Sehenswertes im Landkreis:
Danube municipalities in the district:
Neustadt on the Danube with Bad Gögging, Kelheim and Bad Abbach.
This part of Old Bavaria is characterised by the various types of landscape and by its history, which goes back beyong the reach of memory. It took many thousands of years for the Danube to create the Weltenburg Danube gorge - a unique wonder of nature - by carving a bizarre panorama of cliffs in the Jurassic rock of what has today become the river bed of the Altmühl. Hops grow in the fields of the fertile, rolling hills of the Hallertau: 'green gold', as it is called locally. Quiet river valleys and extensive deciduous and coniferous forests beckon visitors. This is the place to come hiking or simply unwind. Ice Age cave dwellers, Celts and Romans have all left their mark here and history's great cultural eras are convincingly expressed through castles, palaces and magnificent churches. The district of Kelheim is a treasure trove for lovers of nature and history and offers an abundance of recreational activities to those who are seeking a relaxing, rejuvenating holiday.
Places to see in the district:
Around the Altmühl national park
Riedenburg: Rosenburg (falconry centre with performances), crystal museum, farm museum with demonstrations, 'Hofmark' museum at Eggersberg Castle, Prunn Castle; Essing: Schulerloch stalactite caves, Randeck castle ruins and lookout tower, historical townscape, longest wooden bridge in Europe; Kelheim: Hall of Liberty, historical Old Town, archeological museum, organ museum in the former Franciscan church; Weltenburg: www.kloster-weltenburg.de , Benedictine monastery and Asam church, smallest monastery brewery in the world, excursions by ship through the Danube gorge (nature reserve, awarded the European diploma for protected areas).
Around the 'Hallertau hop country'
Largest hop-growing area in the world.
Abensberg: Lower Bavarian bird park, historical townscape, Aventinus museum, Carmelite abbey, centre of asparagus cultivation 'Abensberg quality asparagus'; Biburg: Romanesque church; Rohr: Asam church and Benedictine monastery; Bad Abbach: Heinrichsturm, spa gardens with aviary; Neustadt and Bad Gögging: please see detailed information on these towns.
Things to do in the district:
Water park 'Keldorado' in Kelheim, 'Kaiser' thermal springs and sauna in Bad Abbach, indoor swimming pools in Riedenburg, Saal, Abensberg, Neustadt on the Danube and Mainburg, intersection of several long-distance bike trails (Danube Bike Trail, Tour de Baroque, Five Rivers Bike Trail, Lower Bavarian and Upper Palatinate Biking Fun) and 38 circular bike trails covering over 800 kms in the district, excursion ships on the Danube and the Main-Danube Canal as far as Berching (Information from the tourist association in the district of Kelheim).