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Upper Palatinate

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Upper Palatinate

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Upper Palatinate (German: Oberpfalz) is a region in Bavaria, Germany.


Other destinations[edit]

  • Bavarian Forest — locals call it "Bayrisch Sibiria" for obvious reasons



Upper Palatinate is a very traditional region of Bavaria. People from here are very proud of their specific traditions and particularities. A common shared tradition for example relies on so called "House-Names". The meaning of home is hereby of special importance. Every house a family lives in has a certain name, which is mostly rooted in historic circumstances of the house builder. Other particularities are the special location of Upper Palatinate. People from outside Upper Palatinate often ironically call the region the "end of the world". This derives from the fact that Upper Palatinate is shaped by a big forest and was a so called "Grenzgebiet" in the years of the cold-war. Those times are long gone, but there are enough people left to recur on this stereotype, which is also ironically taken up by many artists from Upper Palatinate referring to their origin as "deep in the forests".


The dialect of Upper Palatinate is often referred to as "not to be understood". And there is quiet a lot of reason for this thesis. Nonetheless, people from the Upper Palatinate are quiet proud of their respective dialect, which outsiders often compare with the barking of a dog. This comparison is seen by people from the Upper Palatinate as an ironic underestimation of their true capabilities - and reality proves them right.

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Amberg [1] old city center, the new castle and the armoury (´Zeughaus´, ´Klösterl´ and ´Regierungskanzlei´seat of the government of ´Upper Palatinate´ till 1810), the town wall and gates (´Stadtbrille´, ´Nabburger Tor´), the gothic city hall, church (´St. Martin´, ´Schulkirche´), the pilgrimage church (´Mariahilfberg) and ´Bergfest´ late June, early July

Neumarkt [2] old city centre (´Marktplatz´), the old city hall, castle ´Burg Wolfenstein´, gothic castle ´Pfalzgrafenschloss´, church (´St. Johannes´), the town wall and towers (´Pulverturm´)

Regensburg [3] old city centre, patrician towered houses, the cathedral (Cathedral Boys' Choir Regensburger Domspatzen), old city hall (´Perpetual Imperial Diet´, 1663-1806), the Stone Bridge, the Porta Praetoria (Roman), the Scottish Church of St. James (portal), castle (Thurn und Taxis), ´Stadtamhof´

Schwandorf [4] old city centre (´Marktplatz´), the town towers (´Blasturm´), church (´Jakobskirche´), castle (´Fronberger Schloss´), ´Färberhaus´, historic cellars (´Historische Felsenkeller´), pilgrimage church (´Kreuzberg´)

Weiden [5] old city centre, ´Marktplatz´, the Old City Hall, the town wall and gates (´Oberes Tor´), Church of St. Michael, International Ceramics Museum (´Waldsassener Kasten´)

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The region of Upper Palatinate consists of 62 nature reserves. To go for a walk or undertake a hiking trip in the beautiful landscape of the "Waldnaab-Tal" for example is a pleasure in every season.

The most important cities in Upper Palatinate are Regensburg, Amberg, Weiden and Neumarkt. Especially Regensburg Regensburg has a downtown area consisting of medieval streets and buildings. Upper Palatinate as more than 600 Castles which are more or less open for tourists. The medieval history of Upper Palatinate was one of many wars so many castle are ruins and are situated in the forest reserves.

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Eichmühle Regenstauf [17], Zur Roten Amsel, Kallmünz [18]

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Café Zentral Amberg [19], Gasthaus Kneitinger Regensburg[20]

Stay safe[edit]

Hotel Bischofshof Regensburg[21], Hotel-Orphee Regensburg [22] Hotel [23]

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