Not too far from Regensburg is Neutraubling. This tiny town in the Upper Palatinate was created during a chaotic and tumultuous time in Germany’s history. No, not the 17th century Thirty Year’s War, but in the aftermath of World War II in the 20th century.
When you see this lovely hamlet today, you’d never guess that it was built over a bombed German military airport or once an outlying post of the Dachau Concentration Camp.
Being as Neutraubling is a relatively new town — less than a hundred years old, there’s not too much within the city itself. Much of what you’ll find of the historical lies within the entire Regensburg district more so than within the city limits.
Neutraubling does have a City Museum that documents how this place was created by many refugees and how they built a new home on the rubble of the old airport. It’s worth the 1 Euro entrance fee, but the museum is only open on the 1st and 2nd Sundays of the month.
If you venture out into the countryside of the district you’ll find more than enough historic pilgrimage churches and castle ruins. One unique castle (not in ruins) is Burg Wolfsegg, worth the visit if you can get there.
What people come to Neutraubling for is its recreational facilities. Guggenberger See is where just about everyone heads off to swim, sail, or surf. There is even a playground at the lake so the kids will have plenty to do and tucker them out.
Parents may prefer the wine tours around the area. The region has certainly had plenty of time to perfect it. Wine has been made here for over 1800 years so those grapes must really be something.
There’s even more for grown-ups to do with the tennis, swimming, and miniature golf. If you want a regular round on 18-holes, you’ll have to venture a bit further out.
Don’t worry about venturing off and exploring everything around Neutrubling, it’s so worth it.