This walking tour through Neuburg an der Donau explores the famous castle and small Old Town, with an option to walk around the old city walls.
This walk starts from the bridge across the Donau River in the centre of Neuburg an der Donau. The train station is about 1 km south of town (for some reason trains here aren’t on google maps, check the Deutsch Bahn website instead). Spitalplatz Bus Terminal is the centre of local buses – it’s €1.50 per one-way ticket or €4.50 for a day pass.
There are several parking areas in Neuburg an der Donau. Near the centre, they’re free for 45 minutes on weekdays, or for 3 hours on Saturdays, and then €1.50 per hour. Sundays are free parking. Fürstgarten is a conveniently located underground parking garage at the southern edge of Neuburg’s old town. For free parking, head to Schlösslwiese on the north side of the Donau.
Neuburg an der Donau Walking Tour Map
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Top Sights in Neuburg an der Donau
On this self-guided walking tour you’ll see the main sights and attractions of Neuburg an der Donau. Half a day is the perfect amount of time to spend in Neuburg an der Donau.
- Neuburg Castle
- Church of the Virgin Mary
- Neuburg City Museum
- Sternschanzen Walk
- Neuburg Castle Viewpoint
Neuburg an der Donau Walking Tour Route
This walking tour starts from the bridge across the Donau River in the centre of Neuburg an der Donau.
Directions: From the bridge, head underneath the tunnel below and up the small street through a rather grand old tunnel up to the Altstadt. The castle is at the top on your left.
1. Neuburg Castle (Schloss Neuburg)
Key Information: Open Apr-Sept 9-18, Oct-Mar 10-16. Tickets cost €6/5.
Neuburg Castle* (also known as the Pfalz-Neuburger Residenzschloss) was built between 1530 and 1545. You can enter the castle courtyard for free to admire the decoration on the walls. On the inside, you can see several exhibits, including the history of the family in the former staterooms, an archaeological museum, and many paintings by Flemish artists, including Rubens. Throughout the castle, the descriptions are almost entirely in German, but you can still look at the objects and admire the paintings and historic rooms.
Directions: Leave the castle courtyard to the left and walk a loop through the Altstadt, heading right and right again. This walk goes via the Tourist Information (open Mon-Thu 9am-noon and 1pm-4pm, Fri 9am-1pm, closed weekends) and the Cafe am Theatre, a cafe with really delicious cakes.
2. Church of the Virgin Mary
Key Information: Open 9am-6pm every day, free to enter.
The Church of the Virgin Mary is the large, yellow church on Karlsplatz square. It’s perhaps more impressive from the outside than on the inside, though it’s worth popping in.
The large square that the church is on is called Karlsplatz. There are often events here, including a Christmas Market in December. Surrounding the square are many nice buildings, including the Provincial Library, a peachy-pink rococo building that can only be visited as part of a guided tour. The Rathaus (City Hall) is also on this square, as are a few cafes.
Directions: Leave the square on the opposite side from the yellow church, and you’ll soon see the Museum.
4. Neuburg City Museum
Key Information: Open Tue-Sun 10am-6pm, closed from January to mid-March. Tickets cost €3/2, or €7 in combination with the castle.
The Neuburg City Museum is in a nice old building and has similar exhibits to those in the castle. There are no English captions, so it’s not that interesting if you don’t speak German.
Directions: Continue walking along the street, past the Parish Church of St Peter on your right. Around the corner, you’ll pass underneath the red Obere Tor, or Upper Gate.
From the Obere Tor, you have the option of walking along the Sternschanzen (5.), or more directly to the viewpoint of the castle by the river (6.). If you choose the Sternschanzen Walk, it’s 4.5km, while the other route is about 1km.
Directions: To head directly to Neuburg Castle Viewpoint, head left into the gardens by the castle walls just after the red city gate.
Walk upwards to reach a city viewpoint at the corner, then turn left towards the tourist information and back down through the Hofgarten. Make your way through the lower town to the river, and turn right.
5. Sternschanzen Walk
The Sternschanzen Walk follows the old defensive city walls. Sometimes the walls have entirely disappeared, and sometimes you can see them. The nicest section is through a park near the Ottheinrichturm, a small white tower you can climb up. There’s a little grotto in this park and also a geology trail with lots of rocks. The rest of the walk is along quiet roads through the suburbs of Neuburg.
6. Neuburg Castle Viewpoint
This viewpoint by the river allows you to see the large castle rising up on a hill behind the river. This view is nice at any time of day, but in the evening when it gets dark, the view is particularly magical.
Directions: This is the last stop on the Neuburg an der Donau Walking Tour. From here, walk back along the river to where you started.