Upper Palatinate

Regional Overview

The Wittelsbach Frontier

The Upper Palatinate changed hands numerous times throughout its history, though never leaving the Wittelsbach domain. Never at any point, though, did the region attain self-rule, and its development remains stunted. Today it is a land of castles, forests, and walled towns. The main sights here are the city of Regensburg and the Danube valley.

Regional Identity

What to Lookout For

  • The Gothic monuments of Regensburg and Amberg, represent a unique combination of styles.
  • The Renaissance and Baroque urban architecture reflect both Franconian and Bavarian traditions.
  • One of the most castle-dense regions in Germany





Justin Bunch | CityscapeTravel

What is the Upper-Palatinate?

The Upper Palatinate is a borderland on the Czech border primarily known for the city of Regensburg. The region is ethnically Bavarian but only came under the control of Bavaria in the 17th century. For most of its history, it was ruled from Heidelberg, far away in the Rhineland. The Imperial City of Regensburg was an independent city-state until the demise of the Holy Roman Empire. The contrast between the highly urban Imperial City and the rural undeveloped region demonstrates the weakness of rule from afar.

While the region is best known for the UNESCO Protected old town of Regensburg, the entire region offers a rich heritage collection. The old town of Amberg also has a remarkable collection of Gothic and Baroque monuments. The rural backcountry has much to offer with its countless castles and hidden forest vales. A trip through the Upper Palatinate might wander between isolated castle ruins and the tourist center of Regensburg.

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My Quantitative Travel Rankings

To understand where the categories come from, see this article here.

Social Score

4.6 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Hype: 1.4
  • Growth: 3.1
  • Wealth: 7.1
  • Recognition: 4.6
Ease of Travel

4.7 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Accommodation: 3.1
  • Transportation: 2.0
  • Ease of Planning: 8.1
  • Infrastructure: 4.9
  • Interactivity: 4.6
  • Airport: No
Historical Immersion

3.9 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Historical Context: 2.3
  • Monuments: 1.4
  • Quality*: 7.0
  • Landscape: 7.9
  • Vineyards: 0

4.1 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Undiscovered: 2.5
  • Cultural Immersion: 6.9
  • Tradition*: 2.0



The glories of a pan-European dynasty

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