route 1: Kelheim - Bad Abbach
Hiking along the southern rim of the Jura – from the Celts to Emperor Charles V
- 21,6 km
- 5,4 hrs.
- Kelheim, Donaudamm (Danube dam) between the ships' boarding platform on the Danube and the big parking lot
- Bad Abbach, Kurhaus (spa centre), Kaiser-Karl-V.-Allee 5
Ascent gradient: 465,6 m
Descent dradient: 469,2 m
The Wittelsbach Dukes founded the town of Kelheim, in which the first route of the Jurasteig starts at the ships' landing stage on the Danube. From there the route leads through the old town, and culturally interested hikers may make worthwhile excursions up to the "Hall of Liberation" (Befreiungshalle) of King Ludwig I or to the Archeological Museum.
North of the town, the Jurasteig leads up to the Goldberg, where shadowdy beech woods show typical signs of Jura landscape. Shortly before you reach Kapfelberg, there is a gorgeous view over the Danube valley with the "Devil's Rock" (Teufelsfelsen) near Bad Abbach, before the Jurasteig crosses the Danube near Poikam to the river's other side. The route follows a scenic pathway through an idyllic sloping forest directly into the spa "Bad Abbach's" park, where in former times Emperor Charles V bathed in the salubrious waters of Bad Abbach.