Excursions

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BMW factory tour occupancy: 33 / 33 booked out

BMW logo

The BMW AG (Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft) is a manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles, part of which have almost a cult status. BMW was founded originally as an aircraft engine manufacturer and received its present name in 1918. In the present time, BMW is parent of the MINI and Rolls-Royce companies and was, from 1994-2000, of the Rover company. The company's US tagline is currently "The Ultimate Driving Machine". The original German slogan was and is "Freude am Fahren", which translates to "Sheer Driving Pleasure" in English. The BMW Plant Regensburg is a key location of the company's production network in Europe where the automaker's best selling car, the BMW 3 Series, is assembled.

We offer a guided BMW Regensburg Factory Tour in English. The tour is going to take place on August 1st starting about 1:30pm (subject to change), and we have a limit of 33 persons on a first come first serve basis. The program will last approximately three hours and will provide you with an overview of the stages in the automotive production process. The tour includes transportation by bus to the plant and back to the university.

The tour is organized by Arifa Ali Khan and Thilo Maurer. For more detailed information visit BMW Plant Regensburg. Please mail us if you have further questions.

BMW Plant Regensburg, © BMW AG, Photographer: Stefan Hanke
The BMW Plant in the outskirts of Regensburg.

BMW Group Factory Tour Disclaimer:
Please be aware of visiting the plant with the production process running. For safety reasons we ask you to follow the instructions of our tour guide and request that you do not leave the group during the tour. The production areas visited during a tour are determined by us in accordance with internal production requirements. This restriction can mean, that not every production area can be visited. The route covers a distance of approx. 3.5 km or 2.2 miles. The outdoor areas are covered by intern bus, the route on the factory floor is footpath with taking stairs at some point. You are advised to wear good walking shoes. Filming and taking photographs as well as the use of mobile phones are not permitted on the plant premises. Lockers are available for depositing cameras and mobile phones. Persons with cardiac pacemakers are not allowed to take part in the visit of the bodyshop due to safety regulations. Please note that young children may well be disturbed by the noise level in some sections. We strongly recommend that children below the age of 8 years visit the plant in a ratio of one adult per two children. Children aged 9 to 14 require at least one adult per five children. We regret that pets are not allowed on the premises of the plant.

Photo:
© BMW AG, Photographer: Stefan Hanke

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Canoeing on the river Naab occupancy: 59 / 60

We offer a canoeing trip on the river "Naab". The Naab is a tributary stream of the Danube, with good water quality. Since there are no whitewater sections, this trip is also suitable for kids. The excursion will be at a leisurely pace. Rowing downstream, you can enjoy the lovely sight of this recreational area. Picturesque villages and trees border the river.

After lunch (2 pm) the bus will take us to the old village of Duggendorf. We will have a look at the baroque church dating back to 1736, see the picture.

Church of Duggendorf, © Gemeinde Duggendorf Canoing on the river Naab

The canoeing trip will be from Duggendorf over a length of 9 kilometers down to Penk. Each canoe fits three people. Near the middle of the trip we will have to carry the boat for a few meters (to avoid a small dam). The total time of the canoeing part is estimated to be 2.5 hours.

After that we will have a rest at the beergarden "Gasthaus Spitzauer" in Penk. We should be back in Regensburg by 8 pm.

Swimming in the Naab is possible, so you might want to bring your swimming trunks/swimming suit, a towel and dry clothes.

This excursion is organized by Falk Bruckmann and Stefan Solbrig. Please email us if you have further questions.

Photo of church:
© Gemeinde Duggendorf

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Cycling in the Naab valley occupancy: 50 / 50 booked out

Bicycle Ride up the Naab River Valley and to the Adlersberg Kloster

Given nice weather, this should prove to be a nice bike ride along the Danube and Naab river valleys, culminating in a stop at the Adlersberg Kloster (monastery) and associated beergarden. Due to the limited number of rental bikes, this excursion will be limited to the first 50 people who sign up.

Some details of the ride: After lunch (2 pm) we meet at the "Bikehaus" (across from the train station) to pick up the bikes. From there, we ride out the west side of town along the Danube (Donau) until we reach the train bridge for crossing the Danube. We then ride up the west side of the Naab until the town of Etterzhausen, where we cross the Naab and start our climb up the hill to the Adlersberg Kloster. Once there, we take our well-earned rest in the shade of the local beergarden where food and drinks are available. The ride back is easier as we head downhill and directly back to town along the north side of the Danube. All told, the trip is about 30 km long. In the event of bad weather, participants of this excursion may join the Regensburg city-tour excursion instead.

See the route as marked on the Regensburger beergarden bike map. See here for more details and pictures of the Kloster and beergarden.

(The trip has been chosen as such due to the need to return the bikes by 8 pm. If there is sufficient demand for a longer ride within the given time frame, we are prepared to split into two groups and take those interested further up the Naab to, say, Pielenhofen or Kallmünz.)

Feel free to contact Tommy Burch or Christian Ehmann for further details.

bike path
The bike path along the Danube.
train bridge
The train bridge visible in the background.
crossing the Danube
Crossing the Danube.
beergarden
The beergarden.
Adlersberg
The view of Adlersberg from the hill to the west.

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Guided tour of Nuremberg occupancy: 63 / 110

The bus will take us to Nuremberg, where we will take a guided tour of the Old Town, discovering the most important and famous attractions such as Imperial Castle, Church of Our Lady, St. Lawrence's Church, and St. Sebald's Church. Afterwards we will visit one of the local beergardens for refreshments. We will be back in Regensburg around 20:00.

This excursion is organized by Dieter Hierl and Martin Hetzenegger. Please email us if you have further questions.

Kaiserburg Hauptmarkt
Heilig-Geist-Spital

Photos:
© Congress- und Tourismus-Zentrale Nürnberg
© Verkehrsverein Nürnberg e.V.

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Guided tour of Regensburg occupancy: 22 / unlimited

Throughout the centuries, patricians and priests, saints and sinners, citizens and craftsmen have left their mark on Regensburg's colourful history.
We will participate in a presentation of the major monuments. And not only that, we will hear vivid stories about the people of Regensburg through the ages.
The city tour will be held by local guides that are known in Regensburg for their exclusive tours.
As an option after the tour we can visit one of the local old town breweries.

This excursion is organized by Christof Hendlmeier and Nils Meyer. Please email us if you have further questions.

Steinerne Brücke Porta Pretoria
Altes Rathaus Bismarckplatz

See also:
Guided tours by Regensburger Stadtmaus

Photos:
© Regensburg Tourismus GmbH

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Rosenburg Castle, Prunn Castle, and Kelheim (by bus/boat) occupancy: 117 / 120

This trip will take us first to the falconry of Rosenburg castle, where we will attend a flying demonstration of various birds of prey, like eagles, vultures and falcons. Rosenburg castle dates from the 13th century and is located about 40 km to the west of Regensburg.

Rosenburg Castle, © Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung, www.schloesser.bayern.de Falconry of Rosenburg Castle, © Falkenhof Rosenburg, www.falkenhofrosenburg.de

Our journey will then take us to Prunn castle, where we will be given a guided tour of the premises. This medieval castle stands on the top of the cliffs overlooking the beautiful Altmühl valley.

Prunn Castle, © Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung, www.schloesser.bayern.de Interior of Prunn Castle, © Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung, www.schloesser.bayern.de

At the bottom of the cliffs we will then board the boat which will take us to the town of Kelheim, at the crossing of the rivers Danube and Altmühl.

Boat on the Altmühl river, © Tourismusverband Naturpark Altmühltal, www.altmuehltal.de/

In Kelheim we will end a hopefully enjoyable and sunny day by tasting the atmosphere of the "Weißes Brauhaus", the oldest wheat beer brewery of the world. In the Biergarten you can enjoy typical Bavarian drinks and food. We plan to be back in Regensburg around 10pm.

Beergarden, © Weißes Brauhaus, www.weisses-brauhaus-kelheim.de Weißes Brauhaus, © Weißes Brauhaus, www.weisses-brauhaus-kelheim.de Brewery, © Weißes Brauhaus, www.weisses-brauhaus-kelheim.de

This excursion is organized by Jacques Bloch and Thomas Kaltenbrunner. Please email us if you have further questions.

Photos:
© Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung, www.schloesser.bayern.de
© Falkenhof Rosenburg, www.falkenhofrosenburg.de
© Tourismusverband Naturpark Altmühltal, www.altmuehltal.de
© Weißes Brauhaus Kelheim, www.weisses-brauhaus-kelheim.de

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Weltenburg Abbey (by bus/boat) occupancy: 68 / unlimited

The excursion
After a short bus trip, our excursion starts with a boat trip from Kelheim to the Weltenburg Abbey, during which we will enjoy one of the most beautiful sights in the Danube valley. We will pass Ludwig I's Liberation Hall and the so-called "Weltenburg Narrows", or "Danube Gorge", one of the natural wonders near Regensburg. Here, the Danube formed its new course around 130,000 years ago. In Weltenburg, we will visit the baroque church and the visitor center, where we will learn about the history, the celtic roots of the place, the origin of the abbey, and the brewery and its modern history. Our tour ends in the Weltenburg beergarden, where you can enjoy a traditional snack ("Brotzeit") and the award-winning dark beer ("Dunkel") of the Weltenburg brewery. In the late afternoon a bus will take us back to Regensburg.

The Abbey
Weltenburg Abbey (Kloster Weltenburg) is a Benedictine monastery situated on a peninsula in the Danube just south of the Danube Gorge. The monastery, founded in about 620, is believed to be the oldest monastery in Bavaria. The monastery courtyard is surrounded by baroque buildings. The highlight is the abbey church, dedicated to Saint George. It was built by the Asam Brothers between 1716 and 1739.

Abbey brewery
Weltenburg Abbey brewery "Weltenburger Klosterbrauerei" is the oldest monastery brewery in the world, having been in operation since 1050. The beer "Weltenburger Kloster Barock Dunkel" was given the World Beer Award in 2004 as the best Dark/Dunkel beer in the world.

This excursion is organized by Christian Hagen and Nikolaus Warkentin. Please email us if you have further questions.

Weltenburg Abbey Donaudurchbruch, Photo: Franz Lindner

See also:
(Un)official Beergarden review for Lattice 07

Photos:
© Regionalmanagement Hopfenland Hallertau, Tourismusverband im Landkreis Kelheim e.V.

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