Together with the neighboring Bohemian Forest, the sparsely populated mountain range in eastern Bavaria constitutes the largest unbroken woodlands area in Central Europe. Numerous hiking paths and ski trails lead through the thick forest to mountain lakes, remote villages and abandoned castles. The highest mountain in the region is the Arber, which offers some of the best views in Bavaria. A cable car runs from the base of the mountain to the summit. For those who prefer a more metropolitan setting, the ancient city of Regensburg, which boasts one of the best preserved medieval old towns in Germany, is just an hour's drive away.
Fortress of the Bishops of Passau
With an area of 65,000 square metres, the former fortress of the Passau prince-bishops is one of the largest and most powerful castles in Europe. Founded in 1219 and extended over centuries, the Veste Oberhaus is an impressive European cultural monument. At the top you have the best view of the city. Inside are the Passauer Stadtmuseum and the Neue Galerie (new gallery). A weir connects the Veste Oberhaus with the Veste Niederhaus on the headland between the Danube and Ilz.
“The true Bavaria” between the Alps and the Danube
Upper Bavaria is considered to be the real Bavaria, the borders of which have changed several times over the centuries and have not taken tribal (...)