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Hi! I'm Elena! Welcome to my travel blog Creativelena.com.
For me, it is all about “life-seeing instead of sightseeing”: Join me as I create, eat & live my way around the world. Curious?

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Along the Danube River in Germany: Hiking, cycling, and eating your way through Bavaria.

“The so-called ‘Donaudurchbruch’ is the narrowest point of the Danube river in Bavaria. It is just 80 meters wide”, Monika Hummel explains, pointing to the rugged cliffs between which our excursion boat glides almost silently. In my head, the “scenic symphony” written by the Danube river (see my travel video immediately below) swells again like a rush of water. It is wonderful here, to be travelling along Europe’s largest river. Especially right now, cooling down by its banks from the blistering heat of summer. But where exactly is the #JungeDonau, and what can you experience around here?

Let me take you through Bavaria following this mighty stream, all the way from Kelheim, via Bad Gögging, to Günzburg. Did you know, for example, that beer has always been brewed here for well over a thousand years?

Of course, right.!

Cycling, hiking – anything active is possible along the Danube …

… for even a group of Americans crossing the Danube river from source to mouth with canoes is by no means a rarity. Of course, we had to meet them in the oldest monastery brewery in the world, the monastery Weltenburg near Kelheim.! Throughout centuries, even millennia, the Danube river has always served as a major gateway carrying goods, people, information, as well as offering (in the more modern context) an opportunity for countless leisure activities. Check this out.

Die #JungeDonau ...

Feeling the Danube river …

 

... egal ob bei einer erfrischenden Wanderung ...

… either hiking or walking alongside its banks …

 

... dem Erklimmen der mächtigen Felsen des Donaudurchbruch bei Kelheim ...

… or from high up the rugged cliffs near a town called Kelheim …

 

... einer gemütlichen Schifffahrt ...

… as part of a boat tour …

 

... oder der leicht abenteuerlichen Fahrt mit der Zille: Hier ist einfach für jeden was dabei.

… or crossing the mighty stream on a barge: There is something for everyone offered around here.

 

Sportlich aktiv seid Ihr übrigens auch entlang der "Donautäler" Radwege rund um Günzburg ...

Check out the Danube cycling trails “Donautäler” near the town of Günzburg …

 

... bestens ausgeschildert findet Ihr diese Radwege hier vor.

… which are very well signposted, including lots of useful tips and travel information about the area.

 

And as we are talking about what to do, I’m sure you’d like to know where to eat as well?

Altogether, I have five tasty recommendations for you: From the juicy and very healthy meat of the ostrich farm Donaumoos, over a “real Celtic stew” to local Danube fish served in the health resort Bad Gögging. Use the following map to locate all of my tips (by clicking on the green markers, you will easily see the names and addresses of the restaurants):

 

Köstliches vom Fleisch des größten Vogels der Welt ...

Ostrich sausage at the ostrich farm Donaumoos, oh so good and rich in good fats …

 

... oder hier bei der Rast am Hauptplatz von Günzburg ...

… or how about a summerly break over a meal at the main square of Günzburg?

 

... kulinarisch-köstlich auch die Auswahl an vollmundigen Speisen im Landgasthof Waldvogel ...

Landgasthof Waldvogel serves us delicious summer veggie soup, too …

 

... selbige bieten übrigens auch Straußen-Steak von der nahe gelegenen Straußenfarm Donaumoos an : Prädikat verkostenswert !

… the same hotel & restaurant also has a small ostrich steak on the menu, ideal for a meaty bite on a hot summer afternoon !

 

Diesen keltischen Eintopf gibt's als Draufgabe zur Besichtigung der Tropfsteinhöhle Schulerloch, über die ich Euch gleich noch mehr erzählen werde ...

Check out this original “Celtic stew” served to us at the stalactite cave Schulerloch …

 

... und schließlich, ebenso erfrischen: Der frische Fisch zum Tagesausklang im Hotel Marc Aurel in Bad Gögging.

… or this selection of local fish at the Hotel Marc Aurel in Bad Gögging.

 

Vielen Dank an das Küchenteam, für diesen kulinarischen Verwöhnreigen!

Loved tasting all these meals. Thank you and kudos to our wonderful chef(s)!

 

Still looking for where to stay?

Hotel Marc Aurel, located right in Bad Gögging next to the beautiful Limes Spa, is a perfect option for either one or more nights. A little further south-west, near Günzburg, I can well and truly recommend “Waldvogel” Hotel, one of the most delightful country inns I have ever visited. Here, everything is harmoniously kept and arranged, the balance between tradition and modernity just about right. I would not hesitate to stay here again. Check this out.

Die Aussicht aus meinem Zimmer im Hotel Marc Aurel in Bad Gögging schafft Urlaubsstimmung pur ...

The view from my hotel room at the Hotel Marc Aurel in Bad Gögging makes me want to go back there, right now please …

 

... ob daran auch der gute Wein "Schuld" ist, der uns abends zum genüsslichen Menü serviert wird ..?

… and yes, the wine tasting following our meals has definitely added to the beautiful sense of place, too.!

 

Durch und durch bezaubernd : Die gemütliche Atmosphäre im Landgasthof "Waldvogel" ...

Loved staying at Landgasthof “Waldvogel” …

 

... hier fühlen wir uns wohl ...

… a cosy place for just about any traveller, solo, as a family, or in a group of friends …

 

... und genießen einmal mehr, die gute Küche des Hauses bei Abendessen & Frühstück.

… still tasting the aroma of all the fresh ingredients being served here.

 

“Treasures along the Way”: My last series of travel tips for you in order to get organised.

Not always right by the Danube, but by no means far away, you will find the following jewels on your journey. The best way to get there is by foot, thought you may use your bike or car as well of course. Underground, for instance, you will find a legendary “mapping show” (no Muppet show!). The Limes Spa centre has you walk through a marsh for its healing skin properties: Even the Romans already knew about it. And, of course, lots of beer. How else, and you will agree with me, is it possible to travel in Bavaria ..?

Bier findet Ihr hier : Schon seit nahezu eintausend Jahren braut die Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg bei Kelheim unentwegt köstliches, bayrisches Bier.

Beer (pit) stop: The monastery brewery Weltenburg has been making local Bavarian beer specialities for almost a thousand years!

 

Gleich "daneben" lohnt der Blick ins Altmühltal ...

Right next to it, you will find the rather idyllic Altmühltal …

 

... denn von hier oben könnt Ihr in die sagenhafte Tropfsteinhöhle Schulerloch einsteigen, welche unter anderem

… providing access to one of the area’s most spectacular limestone caves, and its fascinating stalagmite formations! The cave furthermore features a light show about its natural creation millions of years ago: Be sure to watch it!

 

Ein weiteres "Kleinod" ist der Gang durchs Moor in der bayrisch-römischen Limes-Therme in Bad-Gögging, auch Kreide- und Moorpackungen werden hier angeboten.

Another travel jewel along the Danube river is visiting the spa town of Bad Gögging, where you can “walk through healing marshes” soothing your feet in the dirt …

 

... manchmal, ganz ehrlich, reicht zu all dem "Abenteuer", auch einfach mal am Hauptplatz von Günzburg zu sitzen und in den sommerlichen Himmel zu starren ...

… and sometimes, in the face of all these adventures, why not just sit and stare into the blue sky at the main square of Günzburg?

 

... denn nicht weit entfernt könnt Ihr Euch beim Anblick dieser wunderlichen Wesen schon wieder kaum einkriegen ...

A little later, this cute fella will want your attention anyway …

 

... kleine Straußenküken auf der Straußenfarm Donaumoos bei Leipheim, der mit Abstand größten in ganz Deutschland mit über 800 Tieren!

… and aren’t they ultimately cute, little ostrich chicken but a few weeks old …

 

der mit Abstand größten in ganz Deutschland mit über 800 Tieren!

… at Germany’s largest ostrich farm with well over 800 animals!

 

Respekt, liebe Familie Engelhardt, vor so viel Mut & Engagement !

Kudos to my #localhero of the day, the “ostrich family” Engelhardt !

 

Check out even more pictures about travelling along the Danube river in Bavaria:

 

And be sure to follow me as I cross over into Germany’s next province, Baden-Württemberg, and further up the Danube river all the way to Donaueschingen! More about this in my next blog post.

 

Disclaimer: I have been invited by on this trip by the German National Tourist Board. All opinions are my own.

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Elena writes about creative destinations, shares her personal travel stories and brings inspiring photography & interesting news updates home to you. Her mission is: "Continue to be amazed at this world, one creative travel experience at a time."

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