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Straubing Overview

Straubing is an independent city in Lower Bavaria, southern Germany. It is seat of the district Straubing-Bogen. Annually in August the Gäubodenvolksfest, the second largest fair in Bavaria, is held.

The city is located on the Danube forming the center of the Gäuboden. Straubing also has many industrial areas and a port at the river Danube with access to the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal, a connection from the North Sea to the Black Sea. It is the center of the Bavarian high tech offensive in biotechnology.

Things to See in Straubing

The Romanesque Church of St. Peter (12th century)

The gothic City tower (begun in 1316)

The gothic town hall

The medieval ducal castle Herzogsschloss (begun in 1356)

The gothic Basilica of St. Jacob (present-day church begun in 1393)

The Church St. Vitus (St. Veit) - home of the oldest still existing Confraternity in Germany, the St. Salvator-Confraternity

The Carmelite Monastery and Church Holy Spirit (since 1368; by Hans von Burghausen - the only monastery which survived the dissolution of 1802) The monks support especially Palestinian Christians

Church St.Ursula (Ursulinenkirche) of the Asam brothers

The baroque Trinity Column at Theresienplatz

The Water Tower

The Sossau church of pilgrimage

The Straubing Zoo (the only zoo in East Bavaria)

Straubinger Frühlingsfest - a spring festival

Gäubodenvolksfest and Ostbayernschau

Museum containing Roman artifacts

Agnes-Bernauer-Festspiele - a historical play to remind of the murdered Agnes Bernauer

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More about the History of Straubing

After the fall of the Roman Empire Straubing became a center of settlement of the Bavarii, mostly around the church St. Peter (built in the 9th century) between Allachbach and Danube. According to the customs of the Bavarii the settlement was named after their leader Strupinga, which later evolved into the name Straubing.

1218 a new part of the city (called 'new town') was founded by Louis I Wittelsbach, Duke of Bavaria. Straubing became the capital of the duchy of Bavaria-Straubing under Duke William I when Bavaria was divided among the sons of Louis IV, Holy Roman Emperor in 1349. In 1429 Straubing passed to Ernest, Duke of Bavaria-Munich, who ordered to murder Agnes Bernauer in Straubing. The grave of Agnes Bernauer can't be found. But in the graveyard of St. Peter church is a chapel built by Duke Ernest.

This new town is nowadays the center of Straubing with many shops, offices, restaurants and a pedestrian area. Most buildings there still have medieval style. The nightlife of Straubing, with many pubs and discothèques, is concentrated in this area.

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Straubing is an independent city in Lower Bavaria, southern Germany. It is seat of the district Straubing-Bogen. Annually in August the Gäubodenvolksfest, the second largest fair in Bavaria, is held.

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