Regardless of being based mostly in Europe for years and years, Germany was a rustic I saved overlooking. It simply felt so shut and fairly straightforward, main me to favour elsewhere in Europe as a substitute. However this additionally meant that I saved delaying visiting my pals, Lori and her husband from the California Globetrotter of their adopted house, Regensburg. So once I lastly selected a giant Germany journey, I knew I needed to go to Regensburg and see them.
Regensburg is among the largest cities and vacationer locations within the state of Bavaria. A lot of that has to do with the Danube River which flows via it. Town is a well-liked cease for river cruises and it’s straightforward to see why with its atmospheric medieval centre. Visiting alone I’m positive I’d have loved the town rather a lot. However even higher, my pals had been type sufficient to indicate me across the metropolis they name house and take me via most of the greatest issues to do in Regensburg.
Sightseeing in Regensburg
Whereas catching up with my pals was one purpose for visiting Regensburg, seeing their house metropolis was the opposite. I’d solely ever handed via the town on a bus in the midst of the night time, so I used to be fairly eager to discover. Regensburg is probably not probably the most fashionable locations in Bavaria, nevertheless it’s no slouch both. There’s actually no scarcity of issues to see in Regensburg, particularly via Regensburg metropolis centre.
Not like say Munich, Regensburg has splendidly preserved and UNESCO-recognised medieval Previous City ready to be explored. Passing via its slim streets and open squares, there’s an terrible lot to taken in. One second you’re a 16th century portray of David and Goliath on the facet of the home. The following, you’re standing by the stays of historic Roman gate. There are literally fairly a couple of bits of Roman ruins via Regensburg that my host knew I’d be eager to see.
As for main landmarks on the town, we ran the gamut. In all probability probably the most iconic sight in Regensburg is the town’s Previous Stone Bridge. The bridge dates from the 12th century and has loads of native legends surrounding it. On the finish of it, you then have the charming Brückturm. Delve into the Previous City and also you’ll quickly discover the gorgeous Previous City Corridor, which was being labored on (naturally).
Realise that that is only a transient breakdown of what to see in Regensburg. For a extra detailed concept of the town, I extremely advocate Lori’s information to Regensburg.
Church buildings of Regensburg
Being Europe, we will’t overlook the church buildings of Regensburg. The massive one is Regensburg Cathedral, the only real Gothic cathedral in Bavaria, that’s fairly arduous to overlook. It too was below renovation work, which is why we didn’t spend too lengthy there. As a substitute, it was the Basilica of the Nativity of Our Woman beneath and St. Emmeram’s Abbey which can be brisker in my thoughts. That’s the basilica above so you possibly can see why.
Discovering Stunning Spots
One beauty of having native assist see Regensburg is being proven all its most scenic spots. And it’s honest to say that Regensburg has rather a lot to select from. Some, like the town’s fantastic riverfront, are locations to go to in Regensburg that I may have discovered myself. But it surely’s usually these tougher to seek out locations which can be probably the most worthwhile.
Take the Allee of the Giants as an illustration. This twisty path via large bushes is discovered on the Oberer Wöhrd island within the Danube. It’s in an space you’d not discover accidentally and I used to be completely transfixed once I was proven it. Positively an important spot for taking pictures that’s for positive.
Sightseeing with a neighborhood additionally means being proven one of the best viewpoints round Regensburg. Although the town is thought for its patrician towers, I used to be proven some much less apparent lookout factors. One was up on the hills north of city, by the Dreifaltigkeitskirche. From there you possibly can see proper throughout Regensburg, with simply the Regensburg dom protruding. We additionally acquired a a lot nearer metropolis view because of the rooftop views from the GALERIA shopping center on Neupfarrplatz.
Native Eating places
Discovering good typical eating places in an unfamiliar metropolis is all the time a little bit of a problem. I additionally need to admit that I could be a bit lazy on the meals entrance once I journey. Which is why it was so good to not need to make choices about meals whereas Regensburg.
We went to some totally different locations throughout my go to, beginning with Wurstkuchl by the waterfront. In spite of everything, I had the native bratwurst whereas in Bamberg and needed to evaluate them with Regensburg’s providing. Unsure I may choose a favorite – each had been nice.
Probably the most anticipated meal right here was dinner at Weltenburger am Dom. This restaurant is linked with the Weltenburg Abbey, whose beer could be the oldest monastic brewery on the planet. So in fact I had the bockbierschnitzel, a schnitzel served with a beer sauce. Doesn’t get rather more German than that.
It wasn’t all beer and hearty meals although, because of some espresso and cake at Konditorei Opera. It’s slightly out from the town centre and fairly cosy inside, however the cake choice was spectacular and fairly inventive.
Locations Round Regensburg
Moreover being proven round Regensburg, the opposite perk of getting native pals is that they know the town’s environment as effectively. What’s extra, they’ve a automobile so it was straightforward to zip round to locations I’d by no means see in any other case. Over a day and a half, they confirmed me a number of locations round Regensburg which can be effectively value a glance. Protected to say, this a part of Bavaria is blessed with lots to see.
One other is the Kuchlbauer Brewery in Abensberg, which is particular because of its unimaginable tower designed by famed architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Whereas I’ve seen a number of buildings designed by Hundertwasser in Vienna, it was cool to see considered one of his designs in Germany. Different locations we visited embrace the riverside Weltenburg Abbey and its busy beer backyard, and the attractive village of Kallmünz.
Dropping in on Dult
The timing of my go to to Regensburg was attention-grabbing because it coincided with the native pageant of Dult. Just like Oktoberfest in Munich, it’s a giant beer pageant that sees individuals costume up in dirndl and lederhosen. Nonetheless Dult is definitely held twice a yr, as soon as in spring and as soon as in autumn. And whereas we weren’t feeling like a giant night time on the pageant, we did drop in so I may see what Dult was like.
What was fairly cool was that we had been capable of briefly pop into the primary tent and see what it was like. Not that the pageant stalls and amusement park weren’t entertaining. However rapidly seeing the primary tent isn’t one thing you possibly can actually do at Oktoberfest. And having seen Wiesnfest in Vienna, it was good to witness one other beer pageant and see what it’s like. Should you’re inquisitive about Dult, be sure to take a look at Lori’s information to Regensburg’s Dult pageant.
Journey Suggestions for Visiting Regensburg
Except you even have a neighborhood buddy to depend on, you’ll most likely need some recommendation on visiting Regensburg. The excellent news is that Regensburg couldn’t be simpler to succeed in with public transport. You’ll haven’t any hassle getting the prepare to and from close by cities like Munich and Nuremberg, with the latter below an hour away. Though it could be cheaper should you attempt Flixbus. I used to be even capable of get from Regensburg to Vienna direct with them.
As for someplace to remain in Regensburg, I can’t make it easier to a lot there. My pals’ spare room isn’t on Reserving.com in spite of everything. Nonetheless, you will see there’s a first rate choice of lodging within the metropolis should you keep in a single day.
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