Nestled within the mountains and hills of Bavarian Germany, Kelheim is situated at the confluence of both the Danube and Altmuhl rivers. Because of this, the picturesque town is gradually working its way onto river cruise itineraries that sail the Danube, thanks to its close proximity to both Regensburg and Nuremberg.
It is also the site of a major Iron Age settlement, originally constructed and defended by the Celts. Notable for its long-standing beer production, Kelheim is highly walkable, and river cruisers visiting during fair weather will want to rent bicycles or set out on foot to explore the gorgeous Bavarian countryside.
Your River Cruise Ship Docks …
River cruise ships calling on Kelheim dock near the center of the historic town center. It should be possible to walk throughout town from nearly every berthing location, but as always, be sure to confirm this onboard.
When in Kelheim …
With more than 1,000 years of brewing tradition under the town’s collective belt, Kelheim serves up plentiful pints of its famous beers. In fact, the world’s oldest operating brewery/monastery is located right here.
History buffs will want to visit Befreiungshalle Kelheim, or Liberty Hall. Constructed from 1842 to 1863, this imposing structure was built to commemorate German victories against Napoleon during the Wars of Liberation in the first half of the 1800s. Inset into the rotunda floor in the building’s interior is the inscription, “May the Germans never forget what made necessary the struggle for freedom and by what means they won.”
The Organ Museum, appropriately located inside a former church, boasts four historic organs and models and exhibits dedicated to the intricate process of organ design and construction.
Biking and Hiking are also popular activities, along with Nordic Walking.
River Cruisers Should Know!
- While German is spoken throughout Kelheim, most people are fluent in English. Still, it can be a good idea to brush up on some basic German phrases.
- The Euro is the official currency of Germany. Other currencies can be exchanged at major banks and financial institutions.