You have to hand it to Lower Bavaria on this one. Neustadt an der Donau (along the Danube River, who would have guessed) has 21 smashing villages, all unique, most historic, and a hot springs spa village (Bad Gögging) in which to relax after seeing it all to boot.
As in Bavarian fashion, there’s some affinity to the “hops” that are grown here. As we all know, you can’t have beer without those — so whatever Neustadt does with them we salute you. Asparagus is grown around here, too, but beer isn’t made from that — but still delicious nevertheless.
Each of Neustadt’s villages seems to be older than the next, but the oldest is Marching as Neanderthal Man wandered these parts. It doesn’t take an exceptionally large brain to see that the green meadows and vibrant colored flowers stretching as far as the eye can see makes this place more than gorgeous.
All of Neustadt’s villages have their own town churches (all beautiful in their own right), but one that’s most unique you’ll find in the village of Arresting. The 16th century Karnerkapelle has an entire wall made from human bones.
If you want Roman or medieval castles, then you’ll have to head to Eining or further out in the Lower Bavarian countryside. Eining is an ancient Roman town and you’ll find the remains of the castellet they built. For a more “traditional” castle to explore, look no further than the 11th century Castle Prunn, sitting high in the Lower Bavarian clouds.
Mauern is where you’ll want to be if a lakeside retreat is on the agenda. Mauerner See is quite the popular spot for sunbathers, cyclists and hikers.
When you think you’ve done enough, rest your tired toes over at Bad Gögging. Steam and mud baths will surely do wonders for the soul, as well. It’s here that you’ll find 5-star deluxe accommodations at places like the Monarch Hotel and Marc Auriel Spa and Golf Resort with every creature comfort you can ask for or imagine; from fine dining, massages, sound pools, indoor/outdoor pools, and a chance to play (at least) a round of golf.
One of the more unique places is the Salt Grotto, great for clearing those lungs with Dead Sea Salt air. This underground grotto is dimly lit and perfect for escaping the allergens and stresses of daily life.
If you lived here in stunning town Neustadt an der Donau, you’d be hard pressed to find too many stressors — this place is nothing short of awesome. Is it time for that massage, yet? :-)