Valhalla View From The Danube © Stefan Gruber

Valhalla: The German Hall of Fame

Valhalla: The German Hall of Fame

Bavarian-Hellenic raptures

Churches, castles and monasteries: Many of the historical buildings along the Road of Emperors and Kings are truly unique. Inaugurated 155 years ago as the "Hall of Fame of the Germans," the Valhalla near Donaustauf, however, occupies a special position among them - and incidentally recalls the time when Bavaria provided the Greek king.

On the Bräuberg near Donaustauf, not far from Regenburg, many a traveler has had to hold on to the massive facade to make sure that the temple towering over the Danube landscape, which is not at all Mediterranean, is not a mirage reaching from Athens to Bavaria. But since so much limestone weighing tons is not deceptive, Valhalla is actually built reality. Even if it seems - depending on the perspective - grotesque or fantastic.
However, the neoantique magnificent building of classical Greek construction and thinking is perhaps less out of time than it might seem at first glance.

Valhalla sunrise © Andreas Beiderbeck Photography
Valhalla sunrise © Andreas Beiderbeck Photography
For the love of heroes
A heart for antiquity
Therapy for national pride
Good things take time
Otto, King of Greece
Bavarocracy with purity law
A colossal legacy
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