Asamstraße 32, 93309 Kelheim, Germany
About Weltenburg Abbey
A Benedictine monastery situated on a peninsula in the River Danube. According to tradition, the abbey was founded in 617 and is believed to be the oldest monastery in Bavaria. Weltenburg Abbey brewery operated in the monastery is one of the oldest monastic brewery in the world, having been in operation since 1050.
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A 12th-century bridge across the Danube linking the Old Town with Stadtamhof. For more than 800 years, until the 1930s, it was the city's only bridge across the river. The bridge has historically caused problems for traffic on the Danube. It causes strong currents which required upstream shipping with insufficient power to be towed past it until 1916.
Hall of fame that honours laudable and distinguished people in German history – "politicians, sovereigns, scientists and artists of the German tongue". The hall is a neo-classical building above the Danube River and displays some 65 plaques and 130 busts covering 2,000 years of history, beginning with Arminius, victor at the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest in AD 9.
First of the Nazi concentration camps opened in 1933, intended to hold political prisoners. After its opening by Heinrich Himmler, its purpose was enlarged to include forced labor, and, eventually, the imprisonment of Jews, German and Austrian criminals, and foreign nationals from countries that Germany occupied or invaded. There were 32,000 documented deaths at the camp and thousands that are undocumented.
Six Nazi party rallies were held there between 1933 and 1938 with up to 150,000 people attending the ralies. After 1945 the city of Nuremberg redesigned the area into a park. All buildings from the NS era were demolished. Only the half-round of the terraces of the main grandstand is recognizable.
With 67 hectares (170 acres) and more than 300 animal species, it is one of the largest European zoos. The zoo is known for its large, natural enclosures, which are embedded in a landscape of forests and stone pits.
Germany's largest museum of cultural history, it houses a large collection of items relating to German culture and art extending from prehistoric times through to the present day. Out of its total holding of some 1.3 million objects, approximately 25,000 are exhibited.
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Bavaria has a unique culture, largely because of the state's former Catholic majority and conservative traditions. Bavarians have traditionally been proud of their culture, which includes a language, cuisine, architecture, and festivals. The state also has the second-largest economy among the German states by GDP.