Deggendorf

Deggendorf is a town in Lower Bavaria, lying on the river Danube and on the edge of the Bavarian Forest National Park.

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The regional district of Deggendorf covers an area of 77.21 km² and has a population of almost 35,000 when including towns such as Osterhofen and Plattling. The city itself is 314m above sea level.

The earliest traces of settlement in the area are found near the Danube, about 8,000 years ago. Both Bronze Age and Celtic era archeological finds indicate continuous habitation through the years. Henry II, Holy Roman Emperor established in 1002 his supremacy over the area.

Deggendorf was the site of a displaced persons camp for Jewish refugees after World War II. It housed approximately 2,000 refugees, who created a cultural center that included two newspapers, the Deggendorf Center Review and Cum Ojfboj, theater group, synagogue, mikvah, kosher kitchen, and more. The camp even issued its own currency known as the Deggendorf Dollar. Many of the camp's residents were survivors of the concentration camp at Theresienstadt near Terezín. The camp closed on June 15, 1949.

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By plane

Munich Airport is 110 km along the A92 from Deggendorf.

By train

  Plattling station is a major hub for the region. It is on the ICEs Frankfurt - Vienna line between Regensburg and Passau and on the region line via Landshut from Munich.

There is also the small Bavarian Forest Railway to Bayerisch Eisenstein / Železná Ruda-Alžbětín on the German-Czech boarder providing a route to Pilsen.

Direct trains from Munich Hbf to Plattling, change there for the shuttle service to Deggendorf (one train in each direction per hour).

By car

Deggendorf is on the intersection of the A3 (Wesel - Cologne - Frankfurt - Passau) and the A92 (Landshut - Munich) autobahns.

By boat

A few Danube cruise ships stop at the town (although many just pass by). There is also a commercial harbour.

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