Germany Trip Plan:
Enjoy 1 week in Essing, Regensburg and Munich

Germany trip plan: Enjoy 1 week in Essing, Regensburg and Munich
Essing and Castle Randeck
[ source: www.naturpark-altmuehltal.de]

A true gem in the lower Altmühltal is medieval-looking Essing. Picturesque house ensembles are squeezed on steep and rugged cliffs, guarded by the former Castle Randeck. From its lofty heights enjoy magnificent panoramic views. Go on a boat tour, visit beautiful Regensburg and spend a day in Munich!




Note: This is a trip plan (self-driving, stay in a vacation apartment, explore on your own)
Duration: 7 days
Recommended Destination Airport: Munich Airport

Trip Plan Details:

A true gem in the lower Altmühltal is medieval-looking Essing. Picturesque house ensembles are squeezed on steep and rugged cliffs, guarded by the former Castle Randeck. From its lofty heights enjoy magnificent panoramic views. Go on a boat tour, visit beautiful Regensburg and spend a day in Munich!

Essing is a state-approved health resort town offering many outdoor activities in the unspoiled nature of the Essinger- and Altmühl-Valley. On the heights of the Franconian Alb lies the entrance to the Schulerloch, a flowstone cave where already the Neanderthals took refuge during the Ice Age. In the Hammer-Valley you can discover a 1000-year old oak tree and another attraction is Europe\'s longest wooden bridge, winding its way across the Altmühl River, part of the Main-Donau Canal. Several hiking and biking trails lead through Essinger-Valley and the surrounding landscape, with many more sightseeing spots and inviting restaurants, offering local specialties. At the confluence of the Danube and Regen rivers lies the city Regensburg, with its over 1,000 historical buildings, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Bavarian capital city of Munich doesn\'t need any special introduction, go on a unique shopping spree and visit the famous Hofbräuhaus!

Cost Estimate:

We compiled some starting prices and rough estimates to help you better with your Germany trip planning.

Lodging: starting at $416 for 2 persons / 7 days
Admissions: starting at $250 for 2 persons / 7 days
Car Rental: starting at $420 / 7 days
Gas: starting at $250 / 7 days
Estimated Total Cost:2 persons, starting at $1336 / 7 days
 4 persons, starting at $1802 / 7 days

Travel Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

Day 1: Arrival
Essing im Altmuehltal
[ source: www.naturpark-altmuehltal.de]

Pick up your rental car at the airport and enjoy the around 50 miles drive to the small town of Essing in Bavaria. Your vacation apartment is centrally located and comfortably furnished. Take a walk around the picturesque town nestled between high rock cliffs and the river, visit the archaeological park or Castle Randeck, and enjoy your first dinner in typical Bavarian surroundings.


Day 2: Cave Schulerloch, romantic Riedenburg and Castle Prunn

Day 2: Cave Schulerloch, romantic Riedenburg and Castle Prunn
Riedenberg market place
[ source: www.naturpark-altmuehltal.de]

Go on a discovery tour in the near surroundings of Essing. The flowstone cave Schulerloch with its impressive stalagmites was some 60,000 years ago inhabited by Neanderthals. Today's visitors enjoy tours of the cave with all senses; the walls are illuminated in different colors and the atmosphere is even more enhanced by impressive background music. You can walk up to 450 yards into the cave through large halls, admiring unusual limestone formations.

Continue your drive to the town of Riedenburg, known as the pearl of the Altmühltal region. Visit the museum of crystals Kristallmuseum, featuring the biggest rock crystal agglomerate in the world and Castle Rosenburg with its falcon-house and the breathtaking flight demonstrations of its birds of prey. Then enjoy Castle Prunn, one of the best-preserved feudal castles in all Bavaria and go on a summer toboggan run at the Altmühl-Bob, a facility near the leisure-lake St. Agatha.


Day 3: Boat-tour Kelheim

Day 3: Boat-tour Kelheim
Landmark of Kelheim, Liberation-Hall
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Todays excursion will bring you to the ancient Ducal Town Kelheim, which lies at the confluence of the Altmühl River, enlarged into the canal Main-Donau-Kanal, and the Danube River. Its romantic town center and long hospitality tradition offer a pleasant stay and many attractions. Often referred to as the gate to the gentle Altmühl-Valley and to the wildly romantic Danube-Valley, Kelheim is an ideal departure point also for boat trips, as you will be able to confirm soon.

Visit Kloster Weltenburg, a Benedictine abbey, whose church is a true masterpiece of Baroque art and architecture. The abbey lies directly on the Danube, right where it flows into the spectacular Donaudurchbruch rock gorge; a scenic masterpiece of nature which has received a European award by the ministry committee of the Council of Europe! Go on a leisurely walk along the Danube River back to Kelheim and take a well earned break at one of the most authentic restaurants Klösterl, before visiting the majestic Liberty-Hall Befreiungshalle, the impressive monument built on the Michelsberg hill.


Day 4: Shopping Munich, Viktualienmarkt and Hofbräuhaus

Day 4: Shopping Munich, Viktualienmarkt and Hofbräuhaus
Hofbrauhaus Munich
[ source: Wikipedia]

Munich is a highlight on everyone's vacation plan. A must see is the Viktualienmarkt, which has been a pedestrian zone since 1975. On this daily food market, located on a square in the center of Munich, you find all delicacies your heart might desire. On an area covering 5.5 acres, 140 stalls and shops offer flowers, exotic fruits, game, poultry, spices, cheese, fish, juices etc. Nowhere else in Munich can you find a greater variety of fresh foods, contributing to the markets special flair. This is also a meeting point for locals and a place to chill.

Does the Hofbräuhaus really need any introduction? To anyone who lives here it certainly doesn't! It is the number one tourist attraction in the Munich city center. This place is everything that Bavaria is all about; a huge beer drinking hall and you'll see all the traditions of Bavarian beer drinking, including long wooden tables and benches. Beer which is only served in 1 liter sized glasses, called a Maß, and giant pretzels on sale to soak up the beer. An oompah band playing traditional Bavarian brass band music as well as covers of modern pop hits. Join the fun and do as the locals do!


Day 5: Regensburg

Day 5: Regensburg
Regensburger Dom
[ source: www.stadtfuehrungen-regensburg.de]

Lord Norman Foster, the British star architect, called Regensburg one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Go on a guided tour and be enchanted by the flair and charm of this ancient city, located at the confluence of the Danube and Regen rivers. St Peter's Cathedral is indisputably the city's spiritual center. King Ludwig had the 344 ft high towers completed as of the mid-19th century. When you look up towards the spires of this imposing Gothic building, you will see kings on horseback, foolish virgins, and gargoyles with animal and human faces.

A wonder of the world is the Stone Bridge. The people of Regensburg were obviously brilliant bridge-builders way back in the 12th century. The Bruckmandl however, the little statue on the bridge, didn't take up his breezy position there till the middle of the 16th century. At the far end of the bridge you will find a peaceful idyll in Stadtamthof's maze of streets and alleys. Coming into the city center from the river, you can see Germany's most ancient stone building, the Porta Praetoria, a gateway dating from 179 A. D.. Giant blocks of stone were used to construct this gate in the northern wall of the Roman military camp. It survives as a reminder of Castra Regina, the Roman settlement.


Day 6: Nepal Himalaya Pavilion and King Ludwig's Walhalla

Day 6: Nepal Himalaya Pavilion and King Ludwig's Walhalla
Nepal Himalaya Pavillon
[ source: www.regensburg-regensburg.de]

The Nepal Himalaya Pavilion, or simply called the Temple of Nepal, was completely dismantled in 2000 at- and after the Expo in Hanover and rebuilt at the Danube River. In July 2003 the construction was finished and since then visitors can find a place of peace here. This country-pavilion is the only building to be found dedicated to both, Buddhism and Hinduism, that's what makes it so unique. The 72 ft high, gilded tower is richly decorated as well as the pavilion next to it. All around are beautiful gardens with a variety of wild shrubs, plants and flowers.

Another monument lies in the Danube Valley at Donaustauf; Walhalla, the neo-classical Parthenon like German Hall of Fame. It was erected under the supervision of Bavarian King Ludwig I, who reigned from 1825 to 1848. He wanted to honor the memory of worthy Germans from all walks of life and all parts of the world. At the opening of Walhalla in 1842, 160 persons were honored in the Hall of Fame through 96 busts and 64 nameplates or tablets. Since 1847, the number has been increased to 130 busts and 65 name plates. The tablets honor a proud succession of figures from Hermann the Cheruscan to Peter Henlein, inventor of the pocket watch. Since no authentic likenesses of these 64 personalities exist it was impossible to commission a bust. First in the row of busts is the German King Henry l, the Fowler, and the newest one is Sophie Scholl, member of the White Rose resistance group.


Day 7: Departure

Day 7: Departure
Castle Prunn
[ source: www.images.timm4.de]

Essing in the lower Altmühltal is an ideal holiday destination for families, nature- and culture- lovers alike. We are sure that you really enjoyed your vacation and take home at least lots of good memories. There is always a lot more to see & do and we are very happy to personalize your trip according to your personal preferences.


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Essing

Essing
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Essing is a municipality in the district of Kelheim in Bavaria in Germany. This town is ideally situated between rock and river in the Altmühltal and is over 1000 years old. Today it is a varied holiday region thanks to its many attractions. Munich,…  [ + ] More Details

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Munich

Munich
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Munich is the capital city of the Free State Of Bavaria, Germany. It is located on the River Isar, north of the Bavarian Alps. Munich is the third largest city in Germany, with approximately 1.35 million people living within the city limits and over…  [ + ] More Details

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Regensburg

Regensburg
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Regensburg, Bavaria, is located at the confluence of the Danube and Regen rivers, at the northernmost bend in the Danube. To the east lies the Bavarian Forest. Regensburg is the capital of the Bavarian administrative region Upper Palatinate. The large…  [ + ] More Details

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