Regensburg is in Bavaria. With its about 150 000 inhabitants it is the 4th biggest town in Bavaria. It is upon the Danube. It belongs to a part of Bavaria which is called Oberpfalz.
If you want to have a look on Regensburg on Google Earth, this might help you:
Regensburg is as well an university town with about 21000 students.
This is just of an example of one of the nice narrow streets around the old city. I was here with my little daughter which is used to walk, but not as much as I would like to, so, never mind, she is only 4 and getting bigger and stronger, we will visit here again one day.
just a short boat trip away
This gem of a beer haven is not in Regensburg but well worth the pilgrimage to get here. Actually, many people make a pilgrimage out here and don’t even drink beer. The monastery is quite a draw amongst older Germans but those in the know are quite aware that the monks make some divine beer too. The stone vaulted beer hall is atmospheric but we were there in summer so the beer garden was the place to sit. With the monastery as its backdrop, I was in beery heaven. Before we toured the monastery, we sat down at a table beneath the chestnut trees and ordered a schweinebraten (roast pork) with knodel (dumpling) that went very well with their Barock Dunkle beer. This ruby brown treat has a frothy tan head and low carbonation, making it quite drinkable. The full bodied brew has a roast malt palate that becomes bittersweet in the finish. After checking out the monastery and before hoping on the boat back, we enjoyed the monks’ special klosterkase (a spicy white cheese) that complimented their Asam Bock quite well. This very dark beauty has reddish highlights and a creamy dense tan head. There is licorice in the nose and the palate is full of dried fruit and malt but finishes with some roast in the surprisingly dry for the strength finish.
The Sweedes destroyed this medieval castle during the 30-years war. There’s not much left of it except for a number of walls and a large cylindrical storage chamber; however, the is no entrance fee and there is a good chance that you will be all alone to explore the overgrown ruins. The picture is of the view through a hole in one of its walls toward the Danube River.
Medieval architecture, English weather.
Another wet and gloomy day for my Regensburg visit.
It's a superb place for fans of late Medieval architecture, because it suffered very little damage in the Second World War and, clearly, was not much changed before that. The narrow winding alleyways in the Aldstadt retain their Medieval layout, vast tower houses built by the wealthy merchants loom overhead, there are wood-framed houses and Gothic twiddles aplenty.
A Unesco World Heritage site since 2006, there is supposedly an Italianate feel to this place. I suppose it's the tower houses.........but there was no feel of Italy for me on such a wet and gloomy day!
Regensburg was a very wealthy town in Medieval times, lying on routes to Italy, Russia...even Byzantium... and full of traders and merchants whose demonstrations of power and wealth (via the houses they had built for themselves) are still clearly visible.
The Altstadt retains much of its Medieval layout, some of its alleyways barely wide enough for two people to pass, and the 13th centruy Dom is beautiful..........especially its enormously twiddly west front (and yes, I found a 'Green Man' there!). Sadly, a new organ was being installed when I visited, so the whole of the north aisle was cordoned off and filled with boxes and none of the lovely monuments and altars visible. Another reason to re-visit ..........
The Romans were there as well. Regensburg lies on the Limes Germanicus, the frontier between the Roman Empire and the unconquered northen Germanic tribes. There was a substantial fort, which became an even more substantial legionary fortress in later Roman times. You can still see a tiny part of Castra Regina near the Dom.....a bit of the wall, and part of the impressive gateway.
But it is the Medieval which both dominates and fascinates.........so many wonderful houses, the narrrow streets still laid out as they were in the 14th century, the superb Dom........and, not in my guide book but fortuitously found.......a 13th-century Iro-Celtic monastery church with a truly wonderful and mysterious doorway. Unmissable....do seek it out.
I found Regensburg to be a fascinating place in many ways, despite the awful weather and the hordes of tour groups (it seems to be on the tour-group route quite as much as, say, Rothenbug-ob-der-Tauber). On a better day I'd have spent longer exploring, most definitely...........so maybe I'll return another time (perhaps if I use Munich as a base).