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Basilica of St. Jacob

Building works for this three-nave hall church with ring of chapels and ambulatory, a “late-gothic master piece of church building” began in the early 14th century. The builder of this brick church is considered to be Hans von Burghausen. The interior decoration of this Papal Basilica dates from Gothic times to the present day. The neo-Gothic altar, the tombs, the rococo pulpit and the glass windows, including the Moses Window by Albrecht Dürer, are all exemplary works of art.

Open during daytime.

Basilica of St. Peter

The Augsburg Cathedral Chapter erected the pillared basilica with its three naves in the centre of the original settlement of Straubing around 1180. It is situated on the remains of a Roman fortress and of Carolingian-Ottonic church buildings. St. Peter's has two very estimable Romanesque tympana. A Romanesque Crucifix (circa 1200) and a moving sculpture of the Pietá (circa 1340) are to be found inside the church. The fortified graveyard with its gravestones dating from the 14th to the 19th century is one of the most significant and beautiful of its kind to be found in German speaking countries. The Gothic Chapel of Our Lady, the Agnes Bernauer Chapel with its red marble Bernauer epitaph and the All Souls Chapel with its frescos of the Dance of Death (Totentanzfresken) by the Straubing artist Felix Hölzl (1763) situated in the church grounds are all most impressive.

Church of St. Ursula

In 1691 the Ursuline Order founded an educational institution for girls in Straubing. The famous Asam brothers Cosmos Damian and Egid Quirin designed and built the convent church, their last joint masterpiece, between 1736 and 1741. The unique harmony of architecture, sculpture and painting are exemplary for the transition from the baroque to the rococo period.

Carmelite Church

In 1368 the mendicant order of Carmelite Monks settled in Straubing. The Carmelite Church of the Holy Spirit was completed, after a series of building phases, by 1430. It comprises a hall church with three naves and a monastic chancel. These light flooded naves are typical for the late Gothic period. The architectural work is attributed to both Hans Krumenauer and Hans von Burghausen. Baroque alterations to this church, with its magnificent tombs from the late Gothic and renaissance periods, were carried out by Wolfgang Dientzenhofer in 1700.

Municipal tower

Foundations for the 68-metre-high, eight-storey fire and watch tower were laid in 1316, and by the 16th century it housed the warder and boasted five spires. It is the town's landmark. From the top of the tower visitors enjoy a magnificent view of the medieval town, the Danube River, the Bavarian Forest and the Gäuboden area.

Gäubodenmuseum:

Fraunhoferstr. 9, 94315 Straubing, Telefon: 09421/974110

The beginnings of the Gäuboden Museum date back to the year 1845. After the town’s collections, which were housed in the powder tower and in the east annex of the municipal tower, had grown larger and larger, they were relocated to the former patrician house in Fraunhofer Street 9. After the purchase of the two adjoining town houses in 1982, the collections could finally be presented on a much larger exhibition area.

The museum‘s archaeological inventory provides an overview of the settlement history in the Straubing area from the Neolithic to the beginnings of the Bavarian regional history. The department for sacral arts shows an exemplary selection of artistic works in and around Straubing from Romanticism to Rococo, as well as examples of popular piety. The exhibition "Unter Kurfürst und König" (Under Princes and King) in the department of local town history explains Straubing’s role in the Princedom of Bavaria under the consequences of the counter-reformation up to the end of the Princedom in 1918. One of the most prominent object groups in the museum, next to the rich findings from Bajuwaren (Bavarii) times, which provide important information about the transition from the Late Classical Period to the Middle Ages in Bavaria, is the Roman treasure. It was recovered in 1950 and comprises parts of Roman parade gear, weapons, bronze statuettes and iron tools. It is a unique find in the area of the Imperium Romanum.

Open: Tuesday - Sunday 10.00 - 16.00 h

Zoo:

Lerchenhaid 3, 94315 Straubing, Telefon: 09421/21277, www.tiergarten.straubing.de

The Straubing Zoo is one of the gems of the “Gäuboden Metropolis”. The aviaries, enclosures and animal houses are embedded in a beautiful old park. In a refreshing atmosphere, visitors can enjoy the natural surroundings on shady paths and countless resting places and picnic areas. The zoo with an area of 18 hectares is home to approx. 1,700 animals and 200 species, ranging from exotic and local wild animals to rare old species of domestic animals, which are in danger of extinction. One of the zoo’s highlights is the Danubium (named after the Latin name of the Danube River), a wetland especially designed for the conservation of the local flora and fauna. The zoo’s Danube Aquarium features an exemplary selection of species found in the waters of the Danube.

The zoo is open all year round: in summer from 8am to 6pm, in winter from 9am till sunset.

Adventure Pool "AQUAtherm": :

With thermal and mineral waters from the state-approved mineral spring Sorviodurum

Wittelsbacher Höhe 50/52, 94315 Straubing, Phone: +49 9421 864444, www.stadtwerke-straubing.de

Indoor swimming pool (open from mid September to mid May):
25-m-swimming pool - 6 lanes - 28°
2 warm water outdoor pools - 35°
Non-swimmer pool - 28° with play area
Steam sauna, Finnish sauna, Herb Sanarium, sun beds and much more

Outdoor pool (open from mid May - mid September):
50-m-swimming pool
Pool with 10-m-diving platform
80-m-giant slide, current channel

Water spouts, massage fountains, adventure area, large sunbathing area, terrace restaurant and much more

The outdoor pools are filled with warm mineral and thermal water to provide warm temperatures for swimming all through the outdoor season. The indoor pools are treated with ozone.

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