Travelling through Bavaria, the landscape became a little less spectacular than the upper Danube valley, but there still were some scenic places to see every now and then.
We didn’t quite finish the part from Donauwörth to Kehlheim (118 km) because we first had to change a chain, then a saddle bolt broke and finally a sprocket cluster turned out to be less durable than expected. The large park in Ingolstadt was wonderfulthough.
We passed a field where potatoes were being harvested, so wepicked up the tiny ones that had been left and put them in our backpack. We also found a parsnip field (All organic farming). In the evening, we had a campfire at a wonderful place at the Danube river and made “Papas Bonitas” for dinner with pesto from the camp stove.
The next morning, we continued to the Weltenburg monastery and then went on a small boat to cross the Weltenburg strait. The Weltenburg monastery is really unspectacular compared to all the châteaux, churches and castles we had seen all across Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg all the time, but it had the most pricey restaurant we have seen so far. The boat ride wasn’t cheap either at 14€ for 10 min on the water.
Afterwards, we continued until about 1 km after Regensburg, where a fisherman showed us a great camping site. It had a bathing area, fireplace and was shielded by trees. This was the first night in the tent where neither of us felt cold.
On August 27th, we went via Straubing, Bogen and Deggendorf to Altmühlheim. All these towns look like one could live a really happy life there. There are plenty of shops in the centres, wonderful large new playgrounds, large pieces of property and still the towns are not too big.
Altmühlheim was a tiny village with a completely over-dimensioned giant church. Okay, maybe it’s not as big as the Ulm Minster, but next to the little houses of the village it appeared huge. This was one of the last parts of danube that was not diked, and there was a whole lot of wild campers in the danube meadows that are tolerated here. We met a couple from Munich that come there regularly with their Bulli and their dog to camp for a Weekend.
The next day we finished the remaining 50 km to Passau quickly and spent the rest of the day seeing the sights of the city of three rivers and repairing Jana’s bicycle stand.