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Donau river, Germany

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Regensburg, Germany


Of the many museums in Regensburg, the Schiffahrts Museum is probably of most interest for those traveling down the Donau. Located on the Donau Sudarm between the Steinerne and Eisener bridges onboard the steam tugboat Ruthof/Érsekcsanád and the diesel tug Freudenau, a tour offers a great insight into the everyday work of the boatmen, the technology and the history of navigation on the German Danube.



Thousands of photos taken on two trips down the Danube (first trip starting at Calais, France and the second trip from Vlissingen, Netherlands, both all the way to the Black Sea) have been used to create the EuroCanals PhotoNav Guides for the Danube. They include the photos shown on this website.

In full-page format they display the details of landmarks along the route, in a km-by-km sequence. The photos are identified by kilometer post; they include ports, bridges, locks as well as sites worth noting. Examples are described on this page:

Passau, Germany

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Regensburg in Bavaria is a top destination to be visited.The signature feature of Regensburg is the Steinerne Brücke (stone bridge). Its 16 arches stretch 308.7 metres (1,013 ft) across two islands and three channels of the Donau. The bridge was built between 1135–46; it served as a model for other stone bridges built in Europe in the 12th and 13th centuries (London Bridge, Pont d’Avignon and the Judith/Charles Bridge in Prague.) It remained the only bridge across the Danube at Regensburg for 800 years; for centuries it was the only bridge over the river between Ulm and Vienna.The Brücke Museum is located in the last remaining tower and gate, the clock tower at the southern end of the bridge. Here, the visitor has a magnificent view of the bridge, the river Danube and over the rooftops of the old town.

The very beautiful and historic city of Passau is often called the 3-rivers city, as it is located on a peninsula in the junction of the Donau, Ilz and Inn rivers. The Altstadt (old town) was severely flooded on June 2, 2013 as a result of several days of rain in the watershed of the three rivers. Peak heights of floods as early as 1501 are displayed on a wall at the Altes Rathaus (old city hall, below.) The level in 2013 was well above the 1501 mark in the photo. Flood water reaches the base of the wall on average once every 5 years, inundating the cruise ship quay.

On the Donau there is current, with a different look and feel from the previous waterways. On the Donau one must watch the water level carefully; it can change by one meter overnight. You can be in a comfortable slip or anchorage in the evening and aground or trapped in a harbor in the morning. You will need to know the levels to determine which harbors suit your vessel’s draft. On the German Donau, there are plenty of pegels (water level index) to inform you of the water level.

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