Regensburg is located at the northernmost point of the River Danube. The city of Regensburg was the capital of Bavaria from the 6th to the 13th century. Regensburg has a long history. It was founded by the Celtic tribes about 1000 years ago before the Romans arrived. The city went on to become a centre of trade and religion in the Holy Roman Empire.
The architecture of Regensburg represents the city’s role as a medieval trading centre. Therefore influencing in the region north of the Alps. Unlike many other German cities, Regensburg suffered little damage during World War II. Now the historic city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The impressive 12-century old bridge (Steinerne Brucke) was the only bridge across the Danube river. As a result, the city became a centre for long-distance trade.
Fun things to do in Regensburg
This beautiful medieval town is an easy one and a half-hour drive from Munich. The heart of the old town and one of the most important sights of Regensburg is St. Peter’s Cathedral. I would rather say one day is enough to wander around this small ancient town. We first visited The Walhalla monument in Donaustauf. The interior of the temple was built on the model of the pantheon on the acropolis. You will see the bust sculptures of famous people in German history.
Important personalities such as King Ludwig, Barbarossa, Goethe, Schiller and many more. If not for the hall of fame, visit Walhalla for the fantastic view of Danube River and all the way to Regensburg. You can also reach on foot over 358 steps or comfortably by car or bicycle.
After spending a couple of hours visiting the Walhalla we drove to Regensburg which was approximately 20 mins. I remember it was a lovely warm day the beginning of spring. the sky was beautiful perfect for pictures.
A walk to the Old Town
The moment we arrived in the city, we couldn’t avoid but to see the magnificent two towers of the cathedral. Regensburg Cathedral of St. Peter is in the heart of the old town. It is one of the most important churches in Bavaria. The construction of the Gothic cathedral began in 1275. The cathedral is of baroque architecture and a fine example of the style with particularly impressive stained glass.
I like how the church has such so many intricate carvings and statues. Among several notable sights in the interior is the “Smiling Angel” on the southwest pillar in the crossing. What is so fascinating is how the church is light up the marvelous light created by the glass window. Another enthralling part is the Regensburg Domspatzen a Cathedral choir that has been existing for more than a thousand years. The Cathedral School was founded by Bishop Wolfgang in 975 A.D. Not only they perform on Sunday mass but they also tour all over the world to give concerts.
Old Stone Bridge
Walking the narrow lanes, there was no doubt that Regensburg had a rich history. An impressive 12th century stone offering unparallel view of the old town and many towers. With narrow streets, medieval architecture, shops, cafes give you a feeling of stepping back in history. Yet another landmark and symbol of the city are the old Stone Bridge. It connects the Old Town with Stadtamhof. The 310-meter long bridge is great for a nice walk, and enjoy wonderful views of the River Danube. We took many pictures. We spent a good amount of time just lingering by the river.
In this central market “Altes Rathaus” built in the 1200s stands stunningly beautiful and a nice backdrop for taking pictures. The Rathaus itself is very nice, the surrounding area, full of shops, restaurants. The Altes Rathaus is a three-part building consisting of the town hall tower, Palais, and the baroque town hall Reichssaalbau. Although I did not explore the Rathaus from inside I would highly recommend you should visit.
Right next to the Stone Bridge is Regensburg’s historic sausage kitchen, Wurstkuchl. This was the best sausage I’ve had ever. The sausages are traditionally made and authentic. The Wurstkuchl has been serving up their delicious sausages for nearly 900 years.
One of the many interesting historical attractions to see in Regensburg is Porta Praetoria just to the north of St. Peter’s Cathedral. This is the fragment remains of a gateway of the Roman legionary camp called Castra Regina, which was built here in 179 A.D. In later centuries much of the walls of the Roman camps were demolished. Today the old Roman city gate is visible and can be view “Unter den Schwibbögen”.
The other side of the Danube
Stadtamhof is on the other side of the Danube, connected to the old town of Regensburg via the Stone Bridge. It is a UNESCO’s WORLD HERITAGE SITE.
Haidplatz in the centre of Regensburg is one of the oldest and most historic places in the city. The three buildings are connected to Haidplatz. The buildings of the “Neue Waag” with a view of the cathedral towers, the Thon-Dittmer-Palais and the inn “Zum Goldenen Kreuz”. Knight tournaments were held here in the Middle Ages. Today Haidplatz attracts tourists and locals alike in summer.
We were totally impressed with our one day trip to Regensburg. Although we could not visit other attraction sites, however, we had a wonderful day. I loved every detail of the historic medieval buildings, the clock tower the walk on the Old Stone Bridge. The view was breathtaking especially when the sun was setting. I would definitely go back to Regensburg and spend more time in this charming little city.
What else to see in Regensburg if you have time
Alte Kapelle- Our Lady of the Old Chapel in Regensburg –
The Old Chapel is not far from St. Peter’s Cathedral in Regensburg. In white and gold – the old chapel is truly magnificent. Difficult to describe, but I believe a must-visit! This amazing portal is fascinating for the variety of its carvings which are also very unusual.
Basilica of St. Emmeram – The Royal residence for Thurn and Taxis Dynasty
The basilica was the main church of the Benedictine monastery of St. Emmeram. A beautiful example of lavish, baroque design. I highly recommend a visit here.
This church, Schottenkirche St. Jacob) founded by Irish Monks about 1100 (therefore the name) is the oldest in the region. The monastery was originally named as St. James Abbey. The interior has a very ancient feeling and was a unique opportunity to see and feel the religious world of the1200’s.
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