The Altmühltal Nature Park lies about 100 km north of Munich, Bavaria’s capital. Its beautiful countryside and all of the variety of its natural landscape make it a hiker’s, cyclist’s and canoer’s heaven… and also an ideal place for those who want to get to know a region through its delicacies. The Altmühltal Nature Park is “home” to the famous Archaeopteryx fossils, the link in the evolutionary chain that connects reptiles to birds. Therefore, it is like an open window on the mysterious Jurassic world: here you can go back over the geologic history of Earth and search for fossils in some of the stone quarries of the region. The Altmühltal Nature Park can be easily reached both by car and by train; it is located in a central position among Nuremberg to the north, Munich to the south, the Roman-founded city of Augusta (today’s Augsburg) to the west and the magnificent Regensburg (today a UNESCO World Heritage Site) to the east.
Treasure chest in the heart of one of Germany’s most beautiful natural parks – centrally located between Munich and Nuremberg
Heavenly beauty with princely bishop’s buildings, sublime churches and sacred art treasures.
Eichstätt owes its beauty above all to the Catholic Church – shaped by time-honored monasteries and churches such as the cathedral and the pilgrimage church of the monastery of St. Walburg, the complex Altmühlstadt is still today.
The prince bishops of Eichstätt had their master builders build baroque splendid buildings here – the Residenzplatz is one of the most beautiful plaza ensembles in southern Germany. In the 20th century, it was the Eichstätt diocesan master builders who carefully inserted modern architecture of world fame into the historic fabric of the Catholic University.
The equal juxtaposition of old and new, city and university creates a lively Hot Spot of your trip, which can be experienced in top-class cultural events and imaginative guided tours.
It’s no wonder that Eichstätt and its district were named Germany’s most livable region in 2014.