Only a short bus ride from Regensburg, this impressive Neoclassical building offers fantastic views over the river Danube.
We visited in early May 2017.
The Walhalla occupies a prominent location towering above the Danube, but it’s quite easy to get to by public transport. It takes around 25 minutes to get from Regensburg Hauptbahnhof to Walhallastrasse, with a 15-20 minute walk up a gentle incline to reach the monument.
From Regensburg Hauptbahnhof, exit the station in the direction of the buses. You’ll be greeted with a large road filled with bus stops. Walk to the right hand side of the station and cross the road, keeping Maximillianstrasse on your left. Continue forwards past a patch of greenery to the next street. This is Albertstrasse and you’ll find bus number 5 located here. It heads towards Wörth a. d. Donau and is the bus we used to get to Walhalla.
Happily, if you traveled to Regensburg by train on a Bayern Ticket, this will also cover the local transport here. Once you’ve arrived at Walhallastrasse, just follow the signs to walk up the road to the monument. On a nice day, you’ll get a view like the one above!
This Neoclassical building in the form of a temple surrounded by a portico with columns represents one of the most important German national monuments of the 19th century. | Walhalla
Taking twelve years to build, the Walhalla opened its doors on the 18th October 1842. As you’ve probably noticed, the building’s design is based on the Parthenon, the famous fifth century BC temple that sits on the Acropolis at Athens. Even if you didn’t know it’s name, the shape of the building probably rang a bell!
This impressive, marble clad building operates as a German hall of fame. It’s filled with busts of important and notable German people, offering inspiration for the nation. And if you’d thought the building’s name sounded familiar, well, you’d be right… It’s named after Valhalla, the mythological resting place of Germanic heroes.
Originally housing 96 busts, the collection grows every five or seven years with new additions as selected by the Bavarian Council of Ministers. Access to the outside of the monument is entirely free, though a charge of €4 is required to visit the internal space.
I’ll let you decide whether it’s worth exploring the interior or not – as for me, the winner really is the views. Standing tall over the Danube, regular boat trips make the journey along the river from Regensburg, offering a unique vantage point. If that’s something that interests you, be sure to check out both Donauschiffahrt.de and Schifffahrtklinger.de.
Given the very nature of the building, do be sure to keep any children close by. There are faded white markings on the ground, intended to act as a boundary signal… As you can see from the pictures, there’s no railings to prevent a fall! There’s also a large warning sign at the entrance to the grounds, explaining that serious accidents have occurred here. Take note – the Bavarian Government will not be held liable for any injuries on account of ignoring the warnings!
Outside of the monument, we found a small concession stand open for business. On our visit it was serving light, pre-prepared snacks, both hot and cold drinks plus ice creams. Why not pick something up, perch yourself in the sunshine and enjoy the view? That’s what we did (though I’ll spare you the picture of my Lemon Cornetto!). I’d highly recommend taking a good few minutes to relax and enjoy the quiet, before heading back to the city of Regensburg.
If you’re looking for some ideas on how to spend your time in Regensburg, don’t forget to check out my other post on the city! There’s extra suggestions at the bottom of the post to help you explore further.
Location | Walhallastraße 48, 93093 Donaustauf
Opening Times | Varies by Season | April-October: 9 am-6 pm | November-March:
10 am-noon and 1 pm-4 pm | Closed on specific holidays
Admission | €4 Adults
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