Discovering Regensburg

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Steinerne Brücke in Regensburg
Steinerne Brücke in Regensburg

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Regensburg (Regensburg vacation rentals | Regensburg travel guide) is one of the gems of Bavaria and among the best well-preserved medieval towns in all of Europe. The city’s Alstadt, or old town, was made for wandering. Explore the city on foot or rent a bike, which will take you quickly where you want to go.

Regensburg boasts a large student population and the city is home to three local breweries, which makes for an entertaining nightlife. The city’s plazas fill, the restaurants and cafes are bustling, and one can see why Regensburg is so popular. Regensburg supposedly has more restaurants, cafes, and bars per capita than any other city in Germany. The city’s modern life contrasts with its long history; the Porta Praetoria is an arched gate that was constructed in AD 179.

Dom St. Peter is the main cathedral of Regensburg, and is one of Bavaria’s finest examples of Gothic architecture and a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site. Originally built to showcase the growing wealth of the city, the Dom is a must for any visit to Regensburg. If you’re interested in learning more, visit the Domschatzmuseum, a former bishop’s residence, or swing by the Diözesanmuseum St Ulrich to take in more religious artifacts. Regensburg hosts a traditional Christmas market, along with a handcraft market, in December. Summer events include jazz, opera, and classical music in July, and a bier festival similar to Oktoberfest that is held in late August.

Any visit to Regensburg must include a stroll along the Danube. The famous bridge, the Steinerne Brücke, was built in the mid 1100s. Not far from the bridge you’ll find a pleasant outdoor café and biergarten, which is the perfect place to cap off your tour of Regensburg, with a liter of Helles in hand and a plate of delicious apfelstrudel.

How to get there: You can take a train from Munich (Munich vacation rentals | Munich travel guide) (1.5 hours) or from Nuremberg (Nuremberg vacation rentals | Nuremberg travel guide) (1 hour). The main train station in Regensburg is a short walk from the city center. At 125km north of Munich, it takes about 1.5 hours to drive from city center to city center.

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Allison Stendardi-Deptolla

This travel guide has been written by Allison Stendardi-Deptolla.

Allison Stendardi-Deptolla is from the U.S. and has spent much of the past two years traveling the world. She currently lives in Munich and loves it. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and works as a freelance writer and editor.

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