German heroes

A few kilometers behind Kelheim, the Main-Danube Canal connects the Danube with the Main, i.e. the North Sea with the Black Sea. And then comes the city of Regensburg.

Regensburg has been on our bucket list for a long time and it will stay that way. It’s Saturday and the city is full of locals and tourists. Taking photos is almost impossible, the traffic demands all your attention.

The Gothic cathedral is the center of the UNESCO World Heritage city. It is one of the most important Gothic cathedrals in Germany.

From a distance it looks like the tourists are walking across the Stone Bridge in queues. It was built in just eleven years and opened to traffic in 1146. Their demolition in the last days of WWII was barely prevented. With almost 900 years it is the oldest still functional bridge in Germany.

We are happy to find a good Italian restaurant on the banks of the Danube. But then let’s get out of the crowd.

Our campsite is in Donaustauf. The “Walhalla”, modeled as the Acropolis in Athens, lies high above the small town. From here you have a wide view over the Danube and the surrounding country.

Ludwig I of Bavaria gave Germany this “temple of heroes”. Here important personalities of the “German tongue” are honored with marble busts and memorial plaques. Anyone can propose a person to be honored at the earliest 20 years after their death and then bears the costs for the preparation and installation if necessary. The Bavarian Council of Ministers decides on new admissions.

Women are clearly underrepresented. One of the few is Sophie Scholl, a German resistance fighter against National Socialism. Käthe Kollwitz (best-known German artist of the 20th century) was the last to land in the German temple of heroes in 2019.

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