Donauwörth Travel Guide

  • Town Hall
    Town Hall
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    View of entry from the island to main...
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    Concise town layout
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Donauwörth Things to Do

  • Reid Island

    There are shops, restaurants, and a museum beside just nice looking buildings on the island. It is entered through Reider Tor which has a museum there.

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  • Rathaus-Town Hall

    This gabled roof line is from 1236, and still used today for administrative duties, but was renovated to present day look in 1853, but in between it had its tragedies with fires and destruction a couple of times. The crenellation and pinnacles are from the 1853 rework. In 1973 and 1985, it again had work done inside and out. There is a double...

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  • Other Reichstrasse buldings

    There are about 12 buildings that have been renovated within the last half century in order to preserve them. Many are still owned by wealthy families that made money in old times from being merchants and affiliated with the Fruggers, who influenced the town direction. The Spiel Feizeit is one example. It used to be the post office and other uses;...

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  • Tanzhaus

    This is the main feature along the Reichstrasse-or one of them. It has the archaeological museum and also the stadt museum. It dated back from 1400 period, and was last renovated in 1973. Besides the museums, there are shops inside, plus a dance house and theater. The museums are open 2-5 Monday-Friday and cost $5 for each.

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  • Helig Kruez

    This kloster is part of a monastery that is still active and schools children. The church and buildings are to the end of Reichstrasse, just past Fuggerhaus. Go down the hill a bit-like half a block to see it. The inside is a nice sight. The church complex dates back to 1034 when it was a Benedictine monastery. In 1717-20 some was styled into...

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  • Gotisches Liebfraunmunster

    This is the main and big church in the middle of the main town street. First it was a church in 1444, it is in Gothic style and called Parish Church of our Lady. The inside is much more decorative than the outsid, and while we were there, the tower was under "wraps" for renovation

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  • Fuggerhaus

    AT the one end of Reichstrasse is the Fugger house. It today is a District Council office, and it appears you cannot enter the building. The Fuggers were w wealthy banking and merchant family, and they brought a lot of enterprising commerce to the town with their influence. That led to many people in town becoming more wealthy than the norm. A...

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  • Convent and Chapel of the Teutonic Order

    The Teutonic Order settled in Donauwörth already in 1214, so this is one of the earliest settlements as the order was only founded in 1197. From the 14th century on the place became one of the order's centres in Germany. The buildings, just round the corner from the town hall, have been enlarged and refurbished several times.The present buildings...

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  • The Trail by Kleine Wörnitz and...

    For a romantic walk with some photo options, don't miss the trail along Kleine Wörnitz. The so-called "Small Wörnitz" is the narrow branch of the river between Ried island and the old town. The trail leads along the river bank and the outward side of the town wall. It must be especially beautiful in spring when the old apple trees by the river are...

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  • Calvary on Schellenberg

    In 1704, during the Spanish Heritage War, the hill above Donauwörth saw the Battle on Schellenberg between Bavarians and French on one side, the Emperor and his allies and the English on the other. Bloody as it was - 16,000 soldiers were killed in this battle -, the adjacent town of Donauwörth was not harmed. Grateful to have been spared, mayor and...

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  • Donauspitz: Where the Rivers Meet

    The smaller Wörnitz meets the big Danube at the eastern end of the old town. Cross the bridge over the Wörnitz (nice view of Ried island and the skyline of the old town) and you reach the point between the rivers. It bears a little park with some benches, a nice spot to rest, relax and, weather permitting, have a picnic.The stone monument in the...

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  • Ried: The Island in Wörnitz River

    The island of Ried is surrounded by two branches of the river Wörnitz. (Again, this river is not the Danube.) A narrow canal named Kleine Wörnitz separates the island from the old town.The first settlement that later became the town of Donauwörth was located here on the island. Fishermen were the first inhabitants. A small modern statue with a...

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  • Reichsstraße: The Main Street

    The main street of the town, rather a wide street market that substitutes a central square, extends between the town hall at the lower end and the parish church and Fugger House at the top end. It is lined by the gables of the (rebuilt) houses of the wealthy citizens of past centuries. Reichsstraße is Donauwörth's main shopping street. Please check...

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  • The Promenade Walk

    The "Promenade" is a walking and biking path in a park along the northeastern flank of the old town. It runs parallel to the well-preserved town wall and offers some nice views of the old town. Along the way you pass a number of sights: Ochstentörl (photo 2) - the "ox gate", medieval town gate and tower in the wall Zaubergeigenbrunnen (photo...

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  • Uncle Ludwig and His School

    "Uncle Ludwig", actually Ludwig Auer (1839 - 1914), founded the Cassianeum, the catholic school in the former convent buildings, in 1875. His aim was education in Christian, i.e. catholic piety, way of life and values. He also founded a publishing house for religious and pedagogic literature. He himself wrote many educational stories for children...

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  • Kloster Heilig Kreuz - The Abbey

    The former Benedictine Abbey on the edge of the old town, on a hill a few metres above the river bank, is the most impressive building in Donauwörth's townscape. Its history dates back to the 11th century when a precious relic of the Holy Cross - certified to be authentic since the times of Saint Helena, the mother of Emperor Constantine - was...

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  • Rieder Tor - The Main Town Gate

    If you arrive at the train station of Donauwörth and walk into town this gatehouse will be your first impression of the old town, and the first "wow" effect. From the station you walk over a bridge across Wörnitz river and over Ried island, then you reach a second bridge across the smaller branch of the Wörnitz and the impressive gate. This used to...

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  • Town Hall

    Donauwörth's town hall originates in the 13th century. The building burnt down a couple of times and was rebuilt, refurbished and extended a couple of times. Its present appearance with the neogothic facades is the result of the renovation in 1853. The main portal is positioned right in the axis of Reichsstraße, the market street. The stairs in...

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  • Catholic Parish Church of Our Lady

    The gothic parish church with its one steeple dominates the upper part of Reichsstraße. It is a 15th century building that substituted an older church.The church is open in the daytime as befits a catholic church. The frescoes in the vaults originate from the time the church was built. They were hidden under plaster and paint until 1938 when they...

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  • Shop Signs

    More details to notice in Reichsstraße and also elsewhere in the town: the shop signs. Many shops and inns, cafes and restaurants have those old-fashioned wrought-iron signs. My favourite is the one of a hairdresser's salon in the first photo. The second photo has the figures zoomed in, the hairdresser's big scary scissors are threatening the...

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  • The Little Knight

    A tiny but noteworthy detail in Reichsstraße is the figure of a little knight on the former customs house (Stadtzoll). The knight is down on one knee, he seems to carry the tower-like oriel on the corner of the building. He is holding a shield with the crest of the city, the black eagle, and a flag with the city's colours. An inscription dates the...

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  • The fortress

    What I found interesting in the city is that fortress. Not sure how old it is, if it was re build after the war and the current use of it. To me, when I looked inside it seems to me they had some kind of a printing house here.

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  • The old city

    There is very nice old city here, as this city is small anyway, also the old city is rather small, very nice buildings and narrow streets. There are shops and restaurants all around.

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  • The river Danube

    The river Danube of course. This city was build probably around the river here and the area is very nice, I always enjoy walking by a river, sitting on a bench and relaxing with the peaceful nature.

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Donauwörth Hotels

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Donauwörth Restaurants

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    by Gili_S Written Sep 11, 2004

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    I was only visiting here once and for one day, so the only place I checked was this Buena Vista Cafe-Cocktail bar. It was a hot summer day, all I wanted is to have a cold beer and I got this wonderful Bavarian Hell beer.

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Donauwörth Transportation

  • Train

    Donauwörth is by the river Danube. I wonder if you can sail here on the river, but anyhow, I was using the local trains, Regional Bahn which are easy to use and not so expensive.

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  • Walking

    The city is that small that you do not even need local transportation. If you drive a car, leave it somewhere at the outskirts, there is hardly any parking places in the city and most of the time we walk anyway on the narrow streets and alleys.

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Donauwörth Off The Beaten Path

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    by Gili_S Written Sep 11, 2004

    We walk all the way from the railway station to the old city, was about 10 or 15 minutes with Netta’s speed. But it was nice to see all around in the city, the modern side and the old city. On the way we walked narrow streets and wooden bridge.

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    by Gili_S Updated Sep 11, 2004

    Favorite thing: Donauwörth is medium small size town. I visited here because my local friend recommended it to me. Upon arriving I was looking as usual the local tourist information office and all what I found was this info point outside the railway station. I wonder if I was the only tourist today here in the city :-)

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