Out and about in Donaustauf

To expolore near by the hotel
Chinesischer Turm Donaustauf
Prince Alexander von Thurn und Taxis built a Chinese tower in his palace garden in 1842. In 1902, he was brought to the new summer residence at Castle „Prüfening“ in Regensburg. In 1998 a sponsoring association was founded, which brought the Chinese Tower back to Donaustauf, restored it and finally reopened it on September 17, 1999. The tower is only open for special events.
St. Salvatorkirche Donaustauf
The church in Donaustauf has been the destination of many pilgrims for over 625 years. It was built in 1430 in the Gothic style and in 1843 adapted to the architectural style of the Walhalla. Due to the Italian frescoes, the church is also a worthwhile destination for those interested in art history. The church is open every Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. from May to September. There is always a guided tour on the first Sunday of the month from May to September at 3:00 p.m.
Not far from the Regensburg World Heritage Site, the Walhalla and the Donau, a fascinating Nepalese temple awaits you in the midst of a park. The 5-hectare park features over 4,500 different perennials and shrubs, 442 of them from the Himalayas. The temple consists half of a Buddhist stupa and half of a Hindu temple and symbolizes the peaceful coexistence of two religions. Immerse yourself in the Buddhist and Hindu teachings and mythology and be captivated by the fascinating carvings and symbols.

Castle Grounds

in Donaustauf

Between 914 and 930 AD, Bishop Tuto of Regensburg built this castle to ward off the Hungarian invasions.

The name "stouf" is the Old High German term for rock, hilltop or mountain in the shape of a cone. During excavations in the north-east corner of the lower outer bailey in 1981, a prehistoric Celtic fortification could be proven.

With the help of various finds, this fortification can be dated back to around 500 BC. The castle mound then disappears for several centuries, only to emerge all the more clearly in the 10th century AD.

Although Donaustauf Castle has been left to decay for three and a half centuries, the extent and layout of most of the buildings can still be seen quite well. The ruins still show the well-fortified character of the "best and strongest house in the Regensburg church“.


National monument built by King Ludwig I.

In a high position, dominating the surrounding landscape, the Walhalla rises above the DONAU near Regensburg; in the outskirts of Donaustauf. With this classical building in the form of a temple surrounded by columns, one of the most important German national monuments of the 19th century, was commissioned by the Bavarian King Ludwig I (ruled 1825-1848).

As early as 1807, Crown Prince Ludwig had the idea for a place where German-speaking men and women should be remembered and honored. Under the influence of the historian Johannes von Müller, the name "Walhalla" was chosen with reference to the warrior paradise in Germanic mythology.

The building was designed and built by the architect Leo von Klenze (1784-1864), one of the most important classical master builders of the 19th century. The foundation stone was laid in 1830, and twelve years later, on October 18, 1842, the Walhalla was officially opened.

Inside, one now can find a compilation of the rulers, generals, scientists and artists considered extraordinary in the 19th century.

Since 1962, the original 96 busts have been supplemented at intervals of five to seven years.

Explore Regensburg

Two Unesco world heritage sites
UNESCO World Heritage City

One of the most beautiful cities in the world." - Lord Norman Foster, English star architect

Regensburg with its old town has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2006. The second title was added in 2021 with the Danube Limes.

Once a thriving trading city and political center of the Holy Roman Empire, Regensburg is today the best-preserved medieval city in Germany. Regensburg Cathedral is the only Gothic cathedral in Bavaria. Other important sights are the salt scales, the dungeon, the old town hall, the Porta Praetoria and the stone bridge. But Regensburg not only has a lot to offer for those interested in history. Shopping enthusiasts and culinary explorers will also get their money's worth.

And what would a city at the beautifull river Donau be without boat tours?

Regensburg cathedral sparrows

The world-renowned Cathedral Choir, made up of boys and young men, is one of the oldest boys' choirs in the world. Every year, the Domspatzen inspire thousands of listeners and visitors with their pure singing - whether in churches, halls or "at home" in Regensburg Cathedral.

Every year in summer and autumn, the Domspatzen travel to numerous German cities or go on an international tour to inspire people everywhere. Visit one of these concerts and see for yourself.

Museums in Regensburg

There is much to admire in the historic city of Regensburg. Numerous museums invite you to an unforgettable journey into the past of the city. The „Reichstag Museum“ is located in the 13th-century Imperial Hall of the building. This was the seat of the Parliament of the Holy Roman Empire for 140 years.

Another interesting museum is the „Domschatzmuseum“ in the south wing of the former bishop's residence. Here you can admire the remains of the original Bishop's Court and its treasures. Also worth seeing are the „Donau Schiffahrts Museum“, the Historical Museum and the „Schnupftabakmuseum“.

Theater Regensburg

Experience theater in a very special way. Various plays, concerts, dance performances and musical theater pieces enchant young and old.

The tower theater on the sixth floor of the old Goliath house towers over Regensburg's old town. From here the cathedral and the stars are within reach. Or how about a visit to the Stadt Theater? A varied program awaits you.