“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.
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):[mappress mapid=”985″]
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.
“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 ..?
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.