Germany's highlight: Regensburg
Germany's highlight: Regensburg
The charming medieval city of Regensburg is the ideal location for anyone looking to have the quintessential Bavarian experience. It is located at the confluence of the Danube, Naab and Regen rivers. The medieval city center, which remained intact after World War II, boasts a UNESCO World Heritage Site title. Regensburg is home to the largest medieval old town north of the Alps and is the perfect place to wander the cobblestone streets and admire the ancient churches and imposing aristocratic houses.
There is so much to see in Regensburg without ever leaving the old town. St. Peter’s Cathedral is sure to immediately catch your eye. It is an exemplary Gothic building and a landmark for the city. Its twin spires tower at 345 feet. Inside, look up at the massive hanging organ and stunning stained-glass windows. Next, wander towards St. Emmeram’s Basilica for a look around at over 1,000 years of architectural styles. The 11th-century Romanesque basilica is part of the larger Thurn and Taxis Palace. Many of the rooms are lavishly furnished and amazing to see as part of a guided tour. Highlights include the ballroom, silver room and conservatory.
If you get hungry while exploring, be sure to stop at Regensburger Weissbrauhaus for some traditional Bavarian cuisine. Think Nürnberger sausages with mustard and rye bread or delicious “weisswurst,” which is white sausage. You can also get pumpkin soup, a Bavarian staple. Don’t forget to order a beer or two while here. After all, you are in Germany!
Once you’ve satisfied your hunger, continue exploring the old town. The bright yellow Old Town Hall, which dates back to the 14th century, has rooms that were once occupied by the Holy Roman Imperial Diet. The Adler-Apotheke, dating back to 1610, is one of the oldest pharmacies in the city. Visit the University of Regensburg campus to stop and smell the roses and admire their modern botanical garden. For a look at an interesting work of art, head to Goliathstraße. Here you’ll find a medieval house with a massive mural of David and Goliath painted on it. The mural dates back to 1573 and there is now a restaurant named David that overlooks the city’s rooftops.
No trip to Regensburg is complete without stopping to admire the Old Stone Bridge, which stretches for just over 1,000 feet. This 12th-century bridge crosses the Danube River and links the Old Town with Stadtamhof and was once the city’s only bridge. Today it functions as only a pedestrian bridge. When you cross the bridge, take a look at the vibrantly colored buildings down the street, but veer left to grab lunch at Brauereigaststätte Spitalgarten. Here you’ll find an ideal spot to sit outside next to the river, have a beer and enjoy the cityscape.
Regensburg makes the perfect day trip or even two-day adventure. This city is dripping with culture, history and fascinating sights. Whether the ancient religious buildings or tasty food draw you in, you are sure to be absolutely charmed with Regensburg by the time you leave.
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