- Regensburger Dom St. Peter
- The World Heritage SiteBecause of the city´s unique status as “the only authentically preserved large medieval city in Germany” the Old Town Regensburg with Stadtamhof” was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on July 13th, 2006. The Old Town of Regensburg is an excellent example of an inner-European medieval trading town whose historical stages of development are well-preserved. The development of the trade from the 11th up to the 14th century in particular is illustrated thereby extraordinarily well Regensburg is one of Germany’s oldest towns
A. Some history
- 179 A. D. The Roman fortress Castra Regina (fortress by the river Regen) is founded for the Third ltalic Legion during the reign of Emperor Marcus Aurelius.
- Regensburg becomes the seat of the Diet of the Holly Roman Empire or First German Reich
- The longest word in the German language: Donaudampfschiffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft.
- Regensburg, Ratisbon, Castra Regina the northern most point of the Danube is at the confluence of four rivers Laab, Naab, Regen, and Danube. This was the starting point of Christianization of the Czech people , and the diocese of Regensburg became the mother diocese of Prague
B. Famous residents
- Pope Benedict XVI, his brother Alois was the choir director and still lives in Regensburg
- Oskar Schindler Haus
- Albert the Great
- Carl Theodor von Dalberg
C. Things to do and see
- David and Goliath mural – don’t miss this one it’s your namesake
- Jakobkirche (St James or Scotts church) people come from all over the world to study this church
- When visiting Regensburg, going to the Alte Kapelle, which dates back to 875, is a must. While it has a modest exterior, this church has an ornate interior. Persons interesting in German history, art, religion, and architecture, will enjoy visiting this historic church. Used by Emperor Charlemagne
- Take a tour or walk around on your own and get lost-tours in English leave from the Stone Bridge at 1:30 in the summer
- Donauufer walk along the bank of the Danube river. actually a dark green not blue at all
- Steinererbruecke – Stone bridge used by crusaders
- Medieval patrician towers
- A historical interest is also attached to the Gasthof zum Golden en Kreuz (Golden Cross Inn), where Charles V made the acquaintance of Barbara Blomberg, the mother of Don Juan of Austria (born 1547).
- Art Forum East German Gallery Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie
- The Kunstforum is an excellent museum of modern art. It is dedicated to leading artistic personalities who grew up or worked in the German-influenced cultural regions of what is now eastern Europe. The collection of the Kunstforum consists of approximately 2,000 paintings, 500 sculptures, and 30,000 graphic pictures. 15 thermally regulated rooms display paintings that range from Classic Modern to east European present-day art.
- Town hall
Tourist information office
- City History Museum mostly in German
- Stone depicting the founding of Regensburg by Marcus Aurelius, oldest city for which date of which is documented
Museum This is a world class museum with an excellent exhibition depicting the history of Regensburg. The Roman history of the city is particularly well portrayed. Have a look at the models of the city as well as a model of Stone Bridge. It is however a shame that the curators did not provide more descriptions in English .
- Schlosspark Thurn und Taxis
- Maximillian Hotel
- Hotel Bischofshof
- Porta Praetoria Roman Arch
- Top 10 sites according to Tourist information office
- Dom St.Peter-Cathedral
- Altes Rathaus-old town hall
- Historisches Museum-history of the city of Regensburg Museum
- Steinerne Brücke-old stone bridge used by crusaders
- Schloss Thurn und Taxis-castle
- Helenentor-Helens’s gate
- BMW Werk- Werksführung-BMW factory tour
- Segway Tours
- Arnulfsplatz Kneitinger Kniepe doppelbock seasonal dark beer. Service is slow but worth it
- 4.42/5 rDev n/a
- look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.
- Color is dark brown to amber-red with hints of orange in the light. Aroma is typical Pils/Münchner malt, very sweet with caramel forward, a slight citrusy/lemony aroma… a hint of hops in the nose, too. It’s 6.5%.
- In the initial drink you can taste the alcohol on the front of the tongue, a very slight burning sensation all over the tongue. It’s very caramel & malt forward in taste, slightly sour in the back with not a strong but noticeable bitterness from Noble hops – in the back and aftertaste only, though. The mouth feel is thick and süffig, inviting you to drink more. It comes across a little like a caramel and beer flavored brandy. On the sides of the tongue I get black or deeply roasted malt bitterness, too. Overall, very good, very süffig, like drinking a malt, caramel, alcohol induced candy. süffig=light and sweet
- Dampfnudel Uli this one is for Marian
- The dumplings are sweet and light, the crust is crispy all is served with light custard sauce, not sticky just a pleasure to eat. Uli himself has been making dumplings for a very long time and he still does it! The whole restaurant is worth to visit.
- Stella Eis cafe Regensburg Italian ice cream and crepes
- historische wuerst Kueche You’ve had Wiener, Frankfurter, and Hamburger so now try a Regensburger. Yes, it seems every town in Germany has its own sausage. There is even a Nurnburger. some people rave about this place if you like sausages oldest sausage kitchen in Germany. Worth a peak in the window even if you don’t eat anything.
- There are no set rules for tipping. In most cases a service charge is included in the price of meals in restaurants. Tipping can vary from place to place and, depending on the quality of service, can range from rounding up to the next euro to 10 percent of the total bill. Always tell the waiter or waitress how much you want to pay. If, say, the bill was €11.70, say “12 euros, please.” The practice of leaving money on the table is all but unknown. When it’s time to pay just say zahlen.bitte. They will never bring the check until you ask. If you want a receipt ask for ein Beleg, bitte.
E. Getting there
- One hour from Nurnberg two hours from Munich by train
- Donau-Isar-Express (DIEX)
- Note the Regensburg Hauptbahnhof (central station) is one of 85 DB Kategorie II stations all Kategorie I und II have facilities for luggage lockers and storage
- Walk out of the train station to Maximillian strasse. Head north. Leads directly to the old town on your left, about 15 minutes walking.
Something that I care about
If you know anything about me you know I went to high school in the 1970’s. So what’s it like to be stuck there?
- Oil Embargo
- Jimmy Carter
- Gas is 30 cents/ gal I noticed my keyboard doesn’t even have the cents sign anymore
- Nixon visits China
- The Brady Bunch-are you kidding?
- Peter Max
- Psychedelic art
- Bell Bottoms
b. 1696 Venice, d. 1770
Madrid I saw this painting at the royal palace in Madrid and fell in love with Tiepolo immediately Apotheosis of Spain. Below see his crucifixion from the St. Louis art museum. It has recently been removed from public view. Trained in Venice, Tiepolo also worked in Spain and Germany. His work is simply awe-inspiring.
Born into a wealthy and noble family in Venice, Giambattista Tiepolo was recognized by contemporaries throughout Europe as the greatest painter of large-scale decorative frescoes in the 1700s. He was admired for having brought fresco painting to new heights of technical virtuosity, illumination, and dramatic effect. Tiepolo possessed an imagination characterized by one of his contemporaries as “all spirit and fire.”
A gifted storyteller, Tiepolo painted walls and ceilings with large, expansive scenes of intoxicating enchantment. In breath-taking visions of mythology and religion, the gods and saints inhabit light-filled skies. His ability to assimilate his predecessor and compatriot Paolo Veronese’s use of color was so profound that his contemporaries named him Veronese redivio (a new Veronese). His style was also influenced by renaissance artist Tintoretto. He was the great eighteenth century painter of the baroque and rococo periods.
Tiepolo Crucifixion, Saint Louis Art Museum, SLAM
Tiepolo’s commissions came from the old-established families of Italy, religious orders, and the royal houses of Spain, Germany, Sweden, and Russia. His frescoes adorn palaces, churches, and villas, and his artistic legacy consists of some eight hundred paintings, 2,400 drawings, two sets of etchings, and acres of fresco. When Tiepolo died at the age of seventy-four, a Venetian diarist noted the “bitter loss” of “the most famous Venetian painter, truly the most renowned…well known in Europe and the most highly praised in his native land.”
Würzburg is a town on the romantic road in Germany. Also on the romantic road Castle Neuschwannstein and Rothenburg ob der Tauber.
Tiepolo was active in Italy, Germany, and Spain.
This ceiling and staircase made quite an impression on me the first time I saw it 36 years ago.
Margaret Lewis told me the first time she saw the his ceiling frescoes in Venice it left her in tears, also Rembrandt and Venus de Milo.
What artist has influenced you?
What trip or city have you visited that has had a particular influence on you?
Do you have a favorite painting in your home city?
Do you know of another artist with as far reaching a range as Tiepolo?
- Würzburg, a Baroque town – Wurzburg, Germany (travelpod.com)
- The fresco-filled Würzburg Residence (thelocal.de)
- Can an Imitation beat the real thing? (savoo.co.uk)
- Gemaldegalerie Berlin guide: Director favourites (telegraph.co.uk)
- Lucas Day 16: Sunday the 21st (berleniceart.wordpress.com)
- Veni[ce], Vidi, Vici: Going for Baroque in La Serenissima with Olivier Cavé (operachic.typepad.com)
- Day 6 – Wurzburg and its Magnificent Residenz (kidazzleink.com)
Ancient Near East
I know things are a little hot there right now, but if you ever get the chance I recommend a visit to the cradle of ancient civilization. Mesopotamia. Including the ancient states of Sumer, Akkad and Babylon. Modern Iraq. Significant expeditions have been led over the years by various institutions and artifacts are on display at major art museums throughout the world. A good alternative given the political situation there now.
- University Museum.Philadelphia. http://www.penn.museum/long-term-exhibits/iraq-s-ancient-past.html date accessed 11/12/13
- University of Cincinnati. Department of Classics
- University of Chicago. Oriental Institute. http://oi.uchicago.edu/research/pubs/catalog/as/as6.html date accessed 11/12/13
- Louvre, Paris: Standard of Ur, Stele of Narum-sin, Law code of Hamurabi, Sargon of Akkad
- Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: Ashurnasirpal II
- British Museum, London: Layard excevator of Nineveh and Nimrud, Assysia, Leonard Woolley
- Berlin Museum: Ishtar Gate of Babylon
- Ancient Near East 101: Akkadian (jdbeltz.wordpress.com)
- Ancient Near East 101: Ancient Egyptian (jdbeltz.wordpress.com)
- http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/meru/hd_meru.htm date accessed 9/18/14
- http://oi.uchicago.edu/research/projects/diyala-project date accessed 9/18/4
Kallmunz was a village north of Regensburg on the Naab river a left bank tributary of the Danube, where Kandinsky lived a short time in 1904 during his formative period.
Napoleon was hospitalized at the Karthauspruell abbey after being wounded at Regensburg in 1809.
Kloster Pruefening west of Regensburg has the largest Roman cemetery in Germany.
Things about Germany that are German
- Max Beckmann
- Wasily Kandinsky-Bauhaus Desau
- German Expressionism
- Black Forest tort
- Beer and hundreds of kinds of sausages
The twentieth century
Four Popes and two Saints
April 27, 2014. Sunday
800,000 people pack St Peters square.
The terms liberal and conservative don’t really apply. They are both Radical in their own way. Two men of courage.
Popes of the twentieth century.
I’ve seen two Saints and four popes. This was a very special week. an unprecedented double canonization.
An Argentine pope, a German pope, a Polish pope, and an Italian pope.
Pope Francis the first pope from the western hemisphere.
Pope Benedict XVI from Regensburg, the first German pope in 800 years and the first pope to witness the conclave and election of his successor.
Saint John Paul II
The first Polish Pope. A man of unprecedented popularity. He visited 129 countries.
My family was one of a select few to met the holy father during his trip to Saint Louis in 1999.
Saint John XXIII
At my Grandmother’s 90th Birthday her first, cousin not a catholic, told me in 2000
I don’t think people today understand the love people felt for John XXIII.
Who you gonna call–Ghostbusters
As I travel the roads and highways of Missouri, I encounter many abandoned buildings such as this. As a boy at camp every building had a story.
Tom Dooley, even Tarzan.