Regensburg Off The Beaten Path

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    Birdwatching by the River

    by Kathrin_E Written Dec 31, 2012

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    The river banks along Stadtamhof and the islands are popular among winged inhabitants, too. This area is park-like with lots of trees, the perfect home for many birds who do not mind the vicinity of humans.

    I witnessed a verbal fight between two jaybirds there. I can't tell whether it was a marital quarrel among Mr. and Mrs. or a disagreement between neighbours about the exact border of the respective territory, as with these species both sexes look alike, but I tell you it was very noisy. They were so busy that they let me and the camera approach close enough for some fine snapshots.

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    The Poor Poet's Lane

    by Kathrin_E Updated Dec 30, 2012

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    This tiny street with the cute name Poetengäßchen (Poets' Lane) is located between Gesandtenstraße and Predigerkirche - it is so small that it is not even marked in town maps. The name is really the nicest aspect about it. The houses are in bad shape, and all in all this place looks as if it is the home address of the Poor Poet in Carl Spitzweg#s famous painting...

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    Stadtamhof, the Suburb beyond the River

    by Kathrin_E Written Dec 28, 2012

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    Stadtamhof, the suburb on the opposite bank of the Danube at the far end of Steinerne Brücke, was not part of the imperial city of Rgensburg – it was part of Bavaria. Crossing the river on the bridge meant crossing a state border. Stadtamhof was a town in itself, with parish church and market street and everything. Only in 1924 it became part of the city.

    The main street leads towards the Main-Donau-Kanal, now the main waterway for river barges, and a ridge with the yellow Trinity Church on top.

    Only the grounds of Katharinenspital, the medieval hospital, belonged to the imperial city. Founded in the early 13th century, it was a home for the sick, the poor, orphaned children and old people. Later it became an old people’s home for poor citizens of the city. In Advent its premises on the river bank are the site of a Christmas market, in summer there is a popular beer garden. The hospital has its own small brewery.

    Due to its location by the bridge, Stadtamhof was destroyed in about every war of the past. Hence most of its buildings date from the 19th century. The side streets around the parish church of St Mang are nevertheless atmospherical and worth exploring a bit. Most visitors don’t venture further than the end of the bridge, so these side streets are pleasantly quiet. If you want to go for a romantic walk, try the footpath by the river on the Stadtamhof side.

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    University

    by Kathrin_E Written Dec 25, 2012

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    Regensburg is a rather young university town. The university was founded only in 1967 – it is one of the many new universities of the 1960s. Its main campus is located far outside the city centre on a hill in the Southern suburbs.

    The buildings of the university are typical products of the 1960s when concrete was the favourite material and architects and engineers praised its alleged beauty.

    I had the ‘pleasure’ to be there for a large convention so I got to see several lecture halls including the Audimax from inside – better not search for atmosphere or comfort in there. The upper level around the large open courtyard, or forum, is actually not bad. Both by car and bus you arrive, however, in the basement which has the flair of a bunker and does not look inviting at all.

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    Church of St Oswald and the Iron Bridge

    by Kathrin_E Written Dec 25, 2012

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    The Iron Bridge (Eiserner Steg) is a narrow pedestrian bridge that connects the island of Oberer Wöhrd with the old town. The church of St Oswald impresses by its location on the river bank; when crossing the bridge you walk right towards the side façade of the church.The perspective is interesting.
    St Oswald used to be the abbey church of a small urban monastery, nowadays it is a protestant parish church.

    The big stone bridge has no railings but Eiserner Steg has… So here the notorious habit of attaching locks as symbol of everlasting love has arrived (ha, ha – I assume at least 50% of those couples have long broken up).

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    Auerhaus

    by Kathrin_E Written Dec 25, 2012

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    Hidden in a side lane off Haidplatz, this large house hardly reveals its full size. The architectural design, or lack thereof, rather tells of understatement. A part of the house was demolished in the 19th century, hence it isn’t even complete. In the middle ages it was the home of the powerful patrician family Auer.
    Like most wealthy houses it had its own chapel. The choir of this chapel extends into the street in a polygonal oriel.

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    Pfaffenstein hiking trails

    by dentremo Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    On the northern side of the Danube there is a hill that extends along the river to the west. There are a series of trails that you can bike, run, or stroll along providing spectacular views of Regensburg and the Danube river valley. (In the picture, the church on the hill is located at the eastern end of the trails - my other pictures show some views from Pfaffenstein).

    If you are on a bike and have a good map, you can ride to the north through the farm land either of two villages that are set on hills: Tremmelhausen and Adlersberg. Both have excellent beer gardens (the beer is brewed in Adlersberg) with great views and beer that is almost a euro cheaper than in Regensburg.

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    A hidden gem

    by leics Updated Jul 26, 2009

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    My guidebook made no mention of St Jacob's......pure chance that I came across it.

    It's very old.......a monastery and church founded by Irish monks in the 1100s.

    and it has the most wonderful northern doorway, with complex and detailed sculptures and carvings whose meanings are still not fully understood.

    Celtic knotwork on the columns, strange figures doing strange things, the antichrist, a crocodile, a man with a fiddle, odd symbols........all (happily) protected from weather and pollution by a fully-enclosed glass porch.

    And inside you can find capitals carved with more strange creatures, fierce men with the classic plaited beards of the Celts, beautiful painted stonework and lovely Medieval carvings all set in a calm, plain and gorgeously arched space.

    A hidden gem indeed, and one well worth seeking out.

    Schottenkirche St Jakob on Jakobstrasse.

    Follow Gesandtenstrasse from the middle of the Altstadt, cross the road and Jakobstrasse is slightly to the left.

    More photos in my Regensburg travelogue.

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    Ort der Begugnung

    by leics Written Jul 24, 2009

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    A white marble (?) monument by an Israeli artist, Dani Karavan, is placed where the old Regegensburg synagogue once stood.

    It was thought that the Neupfarrkirche had been built on the site when it was destroyed ....but it stands some metres away.

    So the Ort der Begugnung covers the same area as the synagogue, its truncated white columns standing where once columns stood.

    But it's easy to miss as you walk across Neupfarrplatz......and even easier to miss what it signifies.

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    Interesting...and easily missed

    by leics Written Jul 24, 2009

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    Unless you enter the Dom by the small door on the South side you will probably miss the sculpture on one of the arches to its right, and the information plaque near the door.

    Its old, of course....no doubt from when the cathedral was built (between 1273 and 1320).

    The sculpture points towards where the Medieval Jewish ghetto lay, to the south-west of the cathedral.

    The sculpture shows two Jews, their heads long gone, suckling a female pig.

    The plaque makes clear that the sculpture must be seen in the context of its own time, even though it is 'disconcerting' for the modern viewer.

    It certainly underlines Medieval attitudes towards the local Jewish community.

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    monastic voyage

    by richiecdisc Updated Sep 10, 2005

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    This is a bit of a sad story in more than one way. I have wanted to visit this monastic beer paradise for many years but it’s not the easiest place to get to. It’s on a narrow bend of the Danube River that is most easily (and scenically) reached via a cruise from Kelheim, a city most Germans visit while biking in the Altmuhltal region. With a car it’s also not hard to get to but if you are without one you’re only option is by bus, at least from Regensburg. The boat trip is fantastic and worth the excursion in and of itself, passing through narrow gorges that in autumn were aglow with fall foliage. I must excuse my use of a scanned magazine photo but I have good reason. The week after our trip, I met Lou Bess at a Munich beer garden with camera in tow. I guess we had one too many as we left the camera (with the film from the boat trip!) there. We never got it back so not only the camera but the photos are history. I do have great memories and guess that will have to suffice as the recent floods in Bavaria have left the monastery in ruin. I’m sure they will restore it but it will take some time. It’s worth checking to see the progress and making the trip if you can. Though you can see how easily the area might flood, on a nice day, you can also understand why the monks settled there in the 7th century. It’s just a beautiful spot. There is evidence that brewing was performed here as early as 1050. Most people come to see the Baroque chapel from the Asam brothers, notorious for their outlandish and extreme décor in the 18th century. Sadly, they were finishing up restoration while I was there. I guess they will have to start all over again. For those less religiously inclined, there is a fantastic beer hall/garden that serves up Bavarian specialties and house brewed beer.

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    Narrow streets

    by Gili_S Written Oct 16, 2004

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    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.

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    Around Town in the Parks ...

    by timdowd Updated Dec 29, 2003
    Start Herzogs park, end Stadtpark

    Starting somewhere on the Danube (maybe Herzogs park in the west. walk east until you reach Villapark, then go through the park and exit at Ostentor. Now you can walk all around town in the "green" (see map).

    At the end of the walk (about 2-3 hours) stop in the Stadtpark for a Bier and Obatz'da (see restaurant tip)

    I am writing a Travelogue about this, should be finished this week.

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    The old commercal quarter

    by MEdelmann Updated Jun 18, 2003

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    The Golden Tower

    It is located in the centre of the old part of the town and it is characterized by the towers of the whealthy merchants and patricians. The Goldene Turm (Golden Tower) in Wahlenstrasse is the most impressive example. It was erected in about 1260 and boasts the highest tower built on a private residence in the whole of Germany.

    Just click on the picture to see the great houses and the tower!

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    Netta

    by Gili_S Written Oct 16, 2004

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    Netta is taken a rest while we walked by the river, after all, for a 4 years old it is a bit difficult to catch up with 1000 years of history so quick.

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