Weltenburger Enge

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  • European Diploma of Protected Areas (code DE940006)
  • Since 1978
  • Country: Germany
  • Administrative region: Not available
  • Surface area: 6 km2 (560.00 ha)
  • Marine area: Not available

Source and more information: Council of Europe


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Information Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Landesentwicklung und Umweltfragen Case postale 810140 D-81901 Munich Landratsamt Kelheim Schlossweg 3 D-93309 Kelheim
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General character of the site Weltenburger Enge is a gorge about 6 km in length, one of the most beautiful and striking landscapes of the upper Danube; it crosses one of the foothills of the Swabian and Franconian Jura 20 km south-west of Regensburg. It features 100m high rock faces and geological strata of considerable palaeontological interest, with reef facies. There are numerous important archaeological and historico-cultural remains. 
Vulnerability Construction and exploitation of the future Rhine-Main-Danube canal. Lining of a hydro-electric scheme 9 km upstream of the reserve; signs of fatigue in the forest. The grand firework display "The Danube on Fire" has not been authorised in recent years. 
Owner Much of the reserve is owned by the Land of Bavaria or the State Forest Service (Kelheim district). 
Documentation Council of Europe - European Diploma Series N° 17 (1978), Naturschutzgebiet Weltenburger Enge, Strasbourg, 24 p.. 
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Cultural heritage Neolithic caves; Bronze Age and Hallstein Age tumuli. Mounds and other relicts of ore extraction from the prehistoric Celtic iron industry; early mediaeval ramparts against Magyar invasions; Weltenburg Benedictine monastery founded in the early 7th century; Wipselsfurt Franciscan monastery. 
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