Neuburg an der Donau makes it hard for a visitor to choose where to start. Natural beauties or man-made wonders? River or sky? Colors or shapes? It’s best to plan to spend more than one day here, or the sensory overload may just kill you. ;-)
Neuburg an der Donau sits on the Danube river (who would’ve known… ;-), with the town separated from the water by bricked embankments and arching stone bridges.
You can walk along the embankments and just enjoy the beauty of the famous Danube up close, or you can hire a small boat and paddle along looking back up at the elegant and colorful township framing the water.
The old town is framed by a wall dating back to the 14th century, dotted with colorful town gates. There are pink, white, and blue gates, some with circular towers on each side. They arch over cobbled streets that wind through half-timber homes still being lived in rather than completely turned into shops.
Don’t gush when they turn on the gas lamps in the evening… just whip that camera out and get snapping. ;-)
Do save film and batteries for the castles, though. The Grünau Castle is not properly a castle, just a modest hunting lodge… with a tower, drawbridge, former moat and enough square footage to host the World Cup. Switch to panoramic if you want to fit it in one frame! Neuburg Castle in the middle of town is less wide — it just towers over the houses below with crisp white and black towers.
Of course, also in Neuburg an der Donau are numerous 500 and 600 year old churches, the Karlsplatz with its elegant fountain and towering statue of Mary, and little sculptural gems tucked into every corner. Appreciate them when they are empty, for during festival season they will be packed.
The summer festivals include medieval renaissance fairs, the Night Groove live music event, and the Fischergasslerfest dinner event. Hardly souls in winter brave the Danube Swim in January, doing 4 km in sub-zero water. Might be a good time… to stand on the banks with your camera at the ready! ;-)