@ Kelheim

Positioned on the confluence of the Danube and the Altmühl, already the Celts had an important town here. Later, King Ludwig I of Bavaria crowned the town with the Hall of Liberation.

Parking for the Night at the Danube 

Kelheim is a nice little town with many historic buildings, especially around the city square with the town hall and an historic harbour.

Old and new town hall of Kelheim

The Old Port in Kelheim is a 600-meter-long industrial monument and is reminiscent of the 19th century Ludwig-Danube-Main Canal. It is still fully functional today. We walked around the harbour basin with cranes and the former warehouse.

The next day the weather was better, and we went for a hike, following the Danube up to the Weltenburg Abbey and along the 2000 years old and more than 3 km long wall of the Celtic town Oppidum Alkimoennis until we reached the Altmühl valley which we followed back to Kelheim.
Walking up the Danube 
Weltenburg Abbey
Walking on top of the outer wall of Alkimoennis

We reached the reconstruction of a late Celtic gate with a wall section based on archaeological excavations in the area, illustrating the great construction work of the Celts over 2,000 years ago. During our walk along the wall we already came past the sites of former gates, which were interned gateways, which are still recognisable.

We had seen the Hall of Liberation from many sides already, now it was time to have a closer look.

King Ludwig I of Bavaria ordered the “Befreiungshalle” to be built in order to commemorate the victories against Napoleon during the Wars of Liberation that lasted from 1813 to 1815. The construction started in 1842 and was completed in 1863.

“To the German Liberation Fighters – Ludwig I King of Bavaria”
Battle of Waterloo
“May the Germans never forget what made necessary the struggle for freedom, and by what means they won.”
View down to the Danube
View over Kelheim
Flower of the Day

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