Walk in Straubing, Germany
Straubing is an independent city in Lower Bavaria, southern Germany. It is seat of the district of Straubing-Bogen.
The area of Straubing has been continuously settled since the Neolithic. The conquest by the Romans in 16–14 BC had a dramatic impact on the whole region.
After the fall of the Roman Empire, Straubing became a centre of settlement of the Bavarii, mostly around St. Peter’s Church (built in the 9th century) between Allachbach and Danube. According to the customs of the Bavarii the settlement was named after their leader Strupinga, which later evolved into the name Straubing.
In 1218 a new part of the city (called ‘new town’) was founded by Duke Ludwig I Wittelsbach of Bavaria.
Nowadays, this new town is the centre of Straubing with many shops, offices, restaurants and a pedestrian area. Most buildings there still have medieval style. The nightlife of Straubing, with many pubs and discothèques, is concentrated in this area.
The most important buildings are the beautiful Gothic cathedral-like Basilica of St. Jacob, the Romanesque St. Peter’s Church, the Carmelite monastery with its Baroque church and library, St. Vitus’s, where you can find a life-size personification of “state and church” joined in holy matrimony.
Straubing has many industrial areas and a port at the river Danube with access to the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal, a connection from the North Sea to the Black Sea. It is the centre of the Bavarian high tech offensive in biotechnology.
Annually in August the Gäubodenvolksfest, the second largest fair in Bavaria, is held.