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Highlights of the Bavarian Jura

Regensburg - Medieval Miracle


Regensburg is not merely Germany's best-preserved medieval city, it also has a tradition as a historical venue. Charlemagne received legates from all over Europe here, and later Regensburg hosted the "Everlasting Imperial Assembly", arguably the first ever trans-European conference.

Therefore, the city is used to exclusive settings: The venue management ("Saalmanagement Regensburg") provides historical locations and modern technologies for events. To give you a few examples: The "Dollingersaal" in the old town hall with its beautiful vault, or the "Auditorium" (part of the "Thon-Dittmer-Palais") where you can book a conference or seminar room. The imposing "Salzstadel" has two large halls to offer as well as a lecture room.

And there are more historical locations: The "Runtingerhaus", a prestigious, Patrician building with one large and one smaller hall; the old granary "Leerer Beutel", which now displays arts and culture and also has both a ballroom and a conference room to let. To top it all, Regensburg also features modern hotels in historical buildings, versatile catering from Bavarian Beer Gardens to High Class restaurants, and the Old Town with a multitude of shopping opportunities. The traffic network Regensburg offers individual congress tickets for several events.

Altmühltal and Weltenburg Narrows (Danube Gorge)

Danube Gorge

The vacation region of Altmühltal and the Danube Gorge belong to Germany's most beautiful river landscapes - a "theme park" for nature lovers and culture vultures.

Whether you take a boat ride, a relaxing hike, or an extensive bike tour, nature is sure to show you one of its most spectacular sides. Castles and palaces greet you from densely wooded hills and tell their stories; the picturesque villages of Altmühltal invite you on a visit; and the amazing Danube Gorge by Weltenburg Abbey provides a breathtaking experience.

Weltenburg Abbey

Weltenburg Abbey

Weltenburg Abbey, a Benedictine monastery, sits right next to the entrance to the romantic Danube Gorge. Founded by traveling monks around the year 600, it is now both Bavaria's oldest monasic residence and the world's oldest monastic brewery.

More Information on Eastern Bavaria's Beer History.

Liberation Hall ("Befreiungshalle")

Liberation Hall

Approaching Kelheim from the East, the Liberation Hall becomes visible from far away, towering high above the town. After his coronation in 1825, Ludwig I, King of Bavaria, attempted to convey his vision of a unification of the then-independent German districts with various building projects. He did not choose Kelheim as the location for the Liberation Hall by chance: The young king enjoyed the picturesque beauty of the Danube Valley and Altmühltal; their surroundings reminded him on the Greek landscape he so dearly loved.

The decisive factor for the final choice however can be found in the millennial history of Kelheim; the Michelsberg area was the site of the Roman Limes wall as well as that of the military camps Abusina and Alkomoennia - one of the largest Celtic settlements of Southern Germany. For Ludwig I., the fight of the Teutons against the Romans signified the first struggle for liberation against an occupying power.

Opening day of the Liberation Hall on 18th October 1863 was at the same date as the 50th anniversary of the Battle of the Nations near Leipzig, which eventually ended Napoleon's dominance of Europe. For the then-27-year old crown prince Ludwig, the 18th October not only meant Bavaria's liberation from French Paternalism, but also the possible beginning of a confederation across the German-speaking cultural area.

The strong cohesion of the individual German tribes formed the fundamental principle of the Liberation Hall: The dome room is surrounded by 34 goddesses of victory made of white italian Carrara marble; their number corresponds with the number of different states within the German Confederation. To symbolize German unity, these "Victorias" join their hands.

To get the most exquisite marble stone, Leo von Klenze, who had taken over the project after the death of original architect Friedrich von Gärtner in April 1847, traveled to the stone pits of Carrara; the Ludwig-Danube-Main-canal, opened in 1846, proved valuable for the transport: The Italian marble was shipped from Livorno to Amsterdam and then down the Rhine to the port of Kelheim - yet another reason to chose the location of the Liberation Hall: At the foot of Michaelsberg, "where the Rhine and the Danube join hands", as Ludwig had it depicted on a votive medal.


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