In the heart of Bavaria, Kelheim whispers tales of the past amidst the confluence of the Danube and Altmühl rivers, a town steeped in history and natural beauty. Read more

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Kelheim is a picturesque town nestled at the meeting point of two majestic rivers in Bavaria, offering an enchanting blend of nature and history. It's known for the Befreiungshalle, a grand monument atop Mount Michelsberg, commissioned by King Ludwig I of Bavaria to commemorate battles against Napoleon. The town is also a gateway to the stunning landscapes of the Altmühltal Nature Park, with its jagged cliffs, gentle rivers, and verdant valleys. Kelheim's medieval center, although reconstructed after World War II, still retains its historic charm with narrow streets and traditional Bavarian architecture. Beer enthusiasts revel in Kelheim, home to the world-famous Schneider Weisse Brewery, where the tradition of wheat beer brewing dates back to 1607. With boat tours on the Danube, hikes in the surrounding nature, and the allure of ancient and modern Bavarian culture, Kelheim is a small town that promises grand adventures.
Kelheim serves as a testament to the region's ability to preserve its heritage and natural splendors while welcoming the curious traveler seeking to explore Bavaria's heartland.

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What to do in Kelheim

Befreiungshalle Kelheim

An imposing hall of liberation built by Ludwig I to honor the victories against Napoleon, offering panoramic views and a monumental interior.

Kelheim Archaeological Museum

This museum presents fascinating insights into the area's rich archaeological heritage, with artifacts dating from prehistoric times through to the Middle Ages.

Schneider Weisse Brewery

A family-owned brewery since the 17th century, where visitors can learn about traditional brewing techniques and sample some of the finest wheat beers.

Weltenburg Abbey

Situated a little downstream from Kelheim, this abbey is renowned for its beautiful baroque church and the oldest monastery brewery in the world.

Danube Gorge (Donaudurchbruch)

A natural wonder accessible via a river cruise, the gorge boasts dramatic limestone cliffs and a unique ecosystem.

The Altmühltal Nature Park

A paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, with opportunities for hiking, cycling, and fossil hunting in a landscape dotted with castles and ruins.

The Old Town

Kelheim's historic center charms visitors with its reconstructed medieval buildings and cozy Bavarian taverns.

Kuchlbauer Tower

Though not in Kelheim itself but in nearby Abensberg, this quirky tower designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser is a colorful excursion into modern architecture.

The Jurasteig Trail

A long-distance hiking path offering some of the most scenic routes through the Altmühltal Nature Park, perfect for experiencing Bavaria's natural beauty.

The Celtic-Roman Museum Manching

A short drive away, this museum displays impressive finds from one of Europe's largest Celtic oppida and the Roman history of the region.

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In and around Kelheim

Regensburg (19.04 km)

Rhineland, the pearl of Bavaria, is a city where medieval meets modern. A stroll through its streets will take you back in time, while its vibrant cultural life will keep you firmly in the present.

Walhalla Temple (27.69 km)

On a hill overlooking the Danube River, the Walhalla Temple is a grandiose neoclassical monument in Regensburg, Germany. A homage to distinguished figures of Germanic history, it serves as both an architectural marvel and a window into Germany's past.

Amberg (58.41 km)

A charming, historical town in the Upper Palatinate (Oberpfalz) region of Bavaria, Germany. Renowned for its well-preserved medieval architecture and rich cultural heritage, the town provides a window into the past while offering modern amenities.

Munich Airport (62.92 km)

Munich Airport is the second busiest airport in Germany and the seventh busiest in Europe. With modern terminals, first-class service and a wide selection of shops and restaurants, it is a world-renowned hub.

Davos (78.06 km)

Renowned as the highest town in the Alps, Davos is a premier Swiss resort, best known for hosting the annual World Economic Forum, offering an array of winter sports, and showcasing breathtaking mountain vistas.

Dachau Memorial (78.08 km)

The Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial stands as a solemn testament to the atrocities of the Nazi era. A visit here is a poignant journey into one of the darkest chapters in human history, reminding us of the importance of never forgetting.

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