|Coordinates: 49°01′44″N 12°12′29″E / 49.02889°N 12.20806°ECoordinates: 49°01′44″N 12°12′29″E / 49.02889°N 12.20806°E|
|• Mayor||Hans Lauberger (CSU)|
|• Total||9.72 km2 (3.75 sq mi)|
|• Density||410/km2 (1,100/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Donaustauf is a market town in Bavaria, 5 km (3 mi) east of Regensburg at the foothills of the Bavarian Forest. The ruins of a medieval castle, presumably erected between 914 and 930, tower above the small town. Situated nearby on a hill rising from the Danube is the imposing Teutonic temple of fame, Walhalla, a costly reproduction of the Parthenon in Athens which was commissioned by Bavarian King Ludwig I and inaugurated on 18 October 1842.
In 1810, the territory of Donaustauf, with restriction of the sovereignty, was given to the Princes of Thurn and Taxis as an indemnity for the imperial posts, which had been retired by the Kingdom of Bavaria.
Maximilian Karl, Prince of Thurn and Taxis and his family, who liked the romantic scenery of Donaustauf, moved to the newly constructed princely Castle Donaustauf in 1843, which, however, was completely destroyed during a blaze on 4 March 1880.
- "Fortschreibung des Bevölkerungsstandes". Bayerisches Landesamt für Statistik und Datenverarbeitung (in German). June 2016.
- Adalbert Müller, 1847. Donaustauf and Walhalla. Published by G. J. Manz, Regensburg.
- http://www.feuerwehr-donaustauf.de/page.php?mid=129 Der große Brand von Donaustauf am 4. März 1880