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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.

Stuck in the ’70’s

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?

  • Disco
  • Oil Embargo
  • Jimmy Carter
  • Inflation
  • 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
Osaka Daimaru 1979

Osaka Daimaru 1979


Giovanni Battista Tiepolo


Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

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.

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo - Apollo and the Con...

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo – Apollo and the Continents – WGA22323 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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.”

2nd third of 16th century

2nd third of 16th century (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.



Last supper


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.”

David Teniers, younger

Würzburg Residence

Würzburg is a town on the romantic road in Germany. Also on the romantic road Castle Neuschwannstein and Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

Wuerzburg Residenz

Wuerzburg Residenz

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.

Mid-18th century
Mid-18th century (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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?

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The Ancient Near East (Ancient Near Eastern Studies) 2014

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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.



  • 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
Map of the Ancient Near East during the Amarna...

Map of the Ancient Near East during the Amarna period (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Ancient Near East.

Ishtar Gate

Ishtar Gate

Tel asmar statuette

Tel asmar statuette

Katie’s Blog: Rossman School visit September 2014

This is a guest blog by Katie Gast

Rossman School is an independent school in St. Louis County, Missouri.Unlike Ted, who blogs about the past. I am blogging about the future.

I am getting ready to start an EXCITING NEW ADVENTURE!

I am getting ready for my first school visit. I will visit a kindergarten and first grade class to read my new iBook: Police Hens.

Police Hens iBook

Police Hens iBook

Police Hens is the story of three rather silly hens who get a job on the police force. They investigate a robbery on the farm. They have unique and funny problems because they are, after all, chickens.

I am using the book as a fun way to start a conversation about Community Helpers.  And the classes I am visiting have just begun to discuss community helpers. So there you go.

They said that I can use their smart board. I have never used a smart board and had to google what it is. It looks good. I hope I can connect my iPad to it. I googled that too, but then decided to ask the school if they had the connectors. I am waiting to hear back from the technology person.

So hopefully, I will read my story with my pictures up on the smart board. And then what???  I have been looking for good community helper activities. I have taken a few pages from the book and made them into pages to be colored. Here is one of them:


I have also  made a maze, but I’m not sure what type mazes this age likes. Still more work to be done on google.  Here is what I have so far:


Have you done a Community Helper activity at a school? 

What works best with Kindergarten and First Graders? 

I am a bit nervous. Is there an emoticon for that?

This is what I found



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

My travels

My travels



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

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

Kloster Prüfening


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