Velburg is a town in the district of Neumarkt in Bavaria, Germany. It is situated 17 km southeast of Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, and 39 km northwest of Regensburg.

Velburg
Town hall
Town hall
Coat of arms of Velburg
Coat of arms
Location of Velburg
Velburg is located in Germany
Velburg
Velburg
Velburg is located in Bavaria
Velburg
Velburg
Coordinates: 49°13′58″N 11°40′19″E / 49.23278°N 11.67194°E / 49.23278; 11.67194Coordinates: 49°13′58″N 11°40′19″E / 49.23278°N 11.67194°E / 49.23278; 11.67194
CountryGermany
StateBavaria
Admin. regionOberpfalz
DistrictNeumarkt in der Oberpfalz
Subdivisions7 Ortsteile
Government
 • MayorBernhard Kraus (CSU)
Area
 • Total175.65 km2 (67.82 sq mi)
Elevation
492 m (1,614 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
 • Total5,312
 • Density30/km2 (78/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
92355
Dialling codes09182
Vehicle registrationNM
Websitewww.velburg.de

CastleEdit

The town of Velburg has a castle ruin which occupies the highest point of land. The castle is triangular in outline, with a central keep which is nearly intact, having been partly restored. The castle stands at a height of 621.5 metres above sea level and was initially constructed in 1129. The castle was captured and damaged in 1633 during the Thirty Years War after which it was abandoned. The town bought the castle in 1793, and many attempts were made to restore it, with the most successful attempt being in 1986, which was the last restoration to date.[2]

TrailsEdit

Velburg is located in a scenic area with many walking trails, including the eastern portion of the Main-Danube Trail.[3]

AccommodationEdit

Accommodation in the Velburg village include the historic Hotel zur Post.

Culture and sightsEdit

  • Ruins of Velburg Castle
  • Ruins of Helfenberg Castle
  • Ruins of Adelburg Castle near Hollerstetten
  • Pilgrimage church of Habsberg, St. Mary, Health of the Sick (Maria Heil der Kranken)
  • Parish church of the Birth of the Virgin Mary (St. Mariä Geburt) in Oberweiling
  • Town church of St. John the Baptist, three-aisled church whose oldest elements date to the 13th century.
  • Pilgrimage church of St. Wolfgang, late Gothic church and formerly an important pilgrimage site for the Regensburg bishop St. Wolfgang
  • Pilgrimage church of the Sacred Heart (1770/1792) with hermitage, the only Sacred Heart pilgrimage church in Bavaria

Nature reservesEdit

GeotopesEdit

  • the King Otto Dripstone Cave near St. Colomann (373H001)
  • the Hohlloch near St. Wolfgang (373H002)
  • the Hohenberg Cave west of Velburg (373H005)
  • the Mantlach Doline (373R001)
  • the Schwammerl Rocks west of St. Colomann (373R002)
  • the Hohllochberg near Velburg (373R003)
  • the Dolomite on the castle hill of Velburg Castle (373R004)

Natural monumentsEdit

  • King Otto Cave with its advent hall, open from 1 April to 31 October.
  • Hohlloch is a grotto and cave complex. In the largest grotto festivals take place.

Leisure facilitiesEdit

  • Open air swimming pool in Altenveldorf
  • Adventure park and climbing garden in Sankt Colomann (6 different courses, 1 baby course)
  • Woodland education path
  • Cycleways and footpaths

Sons and daughters of the townEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Fortschreibung des Bevölkerungsstandes". Bayerisches Landesamt für Statistik und Datenverarbeitung (in German). July 2019.
  2. ^ History, Stadt Velburg [1]
  3. ^ Hikehopper Ostlinie Main-Donau Weg [2]