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21 Things to do while visiting Regensburg, Germany



  • 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
  • Keplerhaus
  • 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
  • Bruckmandl
  • 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

Kaisersaal diet of the holy roman empire
Torture chamber Tour was very informative. The building is virtually untouched since the 1600s including furnishings, clocks etc… Even a totally original torture chamber with all original apparatus intact and in its original position. It was quite chilling to see.
  • City History Museum mostly in German
  • Astrolabe
    • 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
  • Neupfahrrplatz
  • Top 10 sites according to Tourist information office
  1. Dom St.Peter-Cathedral
  2. Altes Rathaus-old town hall
  3. Historisches Museum-history of the city of Regensburg Museum
  4. Steinerne Brücke-old stone bridge used by crusaders
  5. Schloss Thurn und Taxis-castle
  6. Helenentor-Helens’s gate
  7. BMW Werk- Werksführung-BMW factory tour
  8. Segway Tours
  9. Radtouren-bicycling
  10. Wandern-hiking
  11. Schwimmen-swimming
D. Things to Eat
a restaurant serving game (Wild) I can’t remember the name but I think it was near the town hall it may not even be there any more. Besides German there are also some excellent Greek and Italian restaurants.
  • 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.
F. What others have said
I enjoyed the Dom St. Peter – a Gothic cathedral – large, dark, mysterious. It is interesting to contrast it to the interior of the Alte Kapelle (chapel) which was remodel to the rococo style. They are only a couple blocks apart.
Just walking through this town is pleasure. There are many squares connected by alleyways. You always turn the corner to something interesting. The Altes Rathaus (old town hall), the Danube river front and the Porta Praetoria (Roman ruin) are the places that I make sure to see along the way.
My wife took the tour of the Thurn and Taxis palace, formerly the famous St. Emmeran’s Abbey. It is still occupied by a German princess that allows it to be show as part of a tax settlement. My wife really liked it.
Regensburg is one of our favorite cities and we are returning there this December.
“A must ”
 Reviewed June 18, 2015 NEW
As a world heritage site it is unique, was the only town not bombed during the wars. It’s beautifully maintained and gorgeous to wander through. Great shops, coffee shops and the oldest sausage Restaurant in Germany. Highly recommend
“Germany’s UNESCO world heritage site on River Danube”
 Reviewed May 10, 2015
Regensburg’s charming Old Town was one of the few cities spared from the WWII destruction. Many original architectures had survived from the bombing thus makes it the best preserved Medieval city in Germany. Once a Free Imperial City of Roman Empire, its strategic position between Rivers Rhine and Danube made it a commercial and political power house from the Roman time onward. Old town is famous with its main Gothic Cathedral Dom (St. Peter) and many Evangelical churches. The arched Stone Bridge built across Danube to connect old town to the other side of the Danube was regarded as the eighth wonder of the world when was completed in 1146 and today is regarded as Germany’s oldest arched stone bridge with some sections are still in their original conditions. Touring of the old town is best by foot or bikes. There are morning farmer’s markets located in different Plätze of the town; offer fresh picked vegetables, flowers, pickles, honey, fruits and cheeses. As a solo traveler, I often take advantage of sampling local specialties at the markets. If you have energy and strength, take a visit to the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, pay 2 euros and 102 steps up you have panorama views of the red roofed old town beneath you. The Tourist Information center is next to the Rathaus. The Gothic Dom towers and façade were under renovations when I visited. The Old Chapel (Alte Kaeplle) a collegiate church of Our Dear Lady dated from Roman times. The Romanesque basilica was rebuilt in the Bavarian rococo style in 18th century. The new organ was dedicated by Pope Benedict XVI in 2006 during his visit to Regensburg. This is the only organ instrument has ever been blessed by the Pope in person. Chapel celebrated 1000 years in 2014. Inside the sanctuary is richly decorated with frescoes and the gilded ceiling. The town’s 900 years old restaurant Wurstkuchl and the oldest running fast food restaurant in the world is nearby the Danube hofen where cruises docked. Its famous bratwursts are stilled grilled in the same original kitchen exists since town’s Stone Bridge was under construction in 12th century. One white bratwurst sandwiched in a roll with stone ground mustard and sauerkraut was 2.40 euros. The stone bridge was also under renovation during my visit, but accessible. Nearby the bridge tower gate is the Salt Barn and the Regensburg’s UNESCO’s world heritage center with exhibits of UNESCO world heritages and Regensburg itself. Suggest 3-4 hours walking tour by yourself or join the city tour with fees and do not miss Wurstkuchl’s bratwurst roll, a must to have experience for every visitor to Regensburg.


Iron Curtain: eiserne Vorhang

Iron Curtain: eiserne Vorhang

1977 Supreme Soviet of the USSR declare the dictatorship of the proletariat fulfilled

University of Regensburg 1965

University of Regensburg 1965

Is Putin trying to revive the failed Soviet Union?images imgres imgresI was still in divided Germany in 1977 for the sixtieth anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution. Regensburg was less than an hour by car from the Czech border and the Iron Curtain. The outcome of the Cold War was far from clear.

How many more anniversaries would there be after that?
I could listen to their propaganda on my shortwave radio.
The Berlin wall crashes just twelve years later in 1989.

Boris Kustodiev and Nicholas Roerich



Travels in Germany 1978 map

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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

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  • Gummibären
  • Oktoberfest
  • Max Beckmann
  • Wasily Kandinsky-Bauhaus Desau
  • Universities
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  • Protestantism
  • Black Forest tort
  • Beer and hundreds of kinds of sausages
Kloster Prüfenig

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