Introducing Regensburg & the Danube
The sparsely populated eastern reaches of Bavaria may live in the shadow of Bavaria’s big-hitting attractions, but they hold many historical treasures to rival their neighbours. Top billing goes to Regensburg, a former capital, and one of Germany’s prettiest and liveliest cities. From here the Danube gently winds its way to the Italianate city of Passau. Landshut was once the hereditary seat of the Wittelsbach family, and the region has also given the world a pope, none other than incumbent Benedict XVI who was born in Marktl am Inn. Away from the towns, the Bavarian Forest broods in semi-undiscovered remoteness.
Eastern Bavaria was a seat of power in the Dark Ages, ruled by rich bishops at a time when Munich was but a modest trading post. A conquering Napoleon lumped Eastern Bavaria into river districts, and King Ludwig I sought to roll back these changes by recreating the boundaries of a glorified duchy from 1255. Though it brought a sense of renewed Bavarian identity, the area remained very much on the margins of things, giving rise to the odd and appealing mixture of ancient Roman cities, undulating farmland and rugged wilderness that it is today.
Blue Danube Cycle
Follow the waltz of the Blue Danube from the medieval German town of Passau to grand Vienna
The Danube by Bike & Boat
Explore the highlights of the Danube by bike and boat