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Regensburg is one of the very rare examples of cities that have preserved a notable amount of authentic medieval architecture beyond the occasional church, wall and gate tower. It survived not only World War II mostly unharmed but also the wars prior and the various trends of modernization. Apart from the 12th century stone bridge and the cathedral, there is the ensemble of the old town and the river with the opposite suburb of Stadtamhof which earned Regensburg the status of UNESCO world heritage.

Dozens of medieval tower houses are preserved, which is unique North of the Alps. These are the homes of the well-to-do, of course, because they could afford building in stone. Not much is left of the poorer groups in society.

However, if you have the usual “timberframe and cobblestones” picture in your mind, you will be disappointed. This fairytale image is mostly based not on the real middle ages but on 19th century historism and the illustrations from the era of romanticism. These don’t have much in common with the real thing.

Despite the increasing number of visitors, luckily the city has not yet been overrun by mass tourism. It is a living city where locals have their daily lives and run their errands. The old town has some 14,000 inhabitants who have their permanent homes there. Souvenir shops are the minority. Only on and around the old bridge you feel the impacts of the recent river cruise boom. The rest of the city does not (yet?) have that theme park feel that has ruined other tourist hotspots. So far Regensburg digests the tour groups well, for which we can be glad.

  • Last visit to Regensburg: Dec 2012
  • Intro Updated Dec 31, 2012
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  • IreneMcKay's Profile Photo
    Mar 22, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    An excellent and very informative page. We are currently looking for somewhere in Bavaria to stay a couple of nights in the summer. This looks like a strong contender. All the best, Irene

    • Kathrin_E's Profile Photo
      Mar 23, 2014 at 2:55 AM

      Thank you for visiting my page! Yes, Regensburg is worth considering for a couple of days. It is also a good base for day trips in verious directions. Enjoy your planning!

  • christine.j's Profile Photo
    Feb 1, 2014 at 2:52 AM

    Prima Tipps, Kathrin, vielen Dank. Auch wenn's noch etliche Zeit dauert, bis ich hinkomme, lese ich jetzt schon gerne über Regensburg.

  • german_eagle's Profile Photo
    Jan 3, 2013 at 3:37 AM

    A fantastic page on a great city. Regensburg is high on my list. I see you mixed in some pictures of spring 2007, right? I still cannot believe you went to the rip-off Christmas market on the grounds of Gloria's palace :-)

    • Kathrin_E's Profile Photo
      Jan 3, 2013 at 6:12 AM

      I found it lame to turn around at the gate after walking all the way there!

    • german_eagle's Profile Photo
      Jan 3, 2013 at 7:41 AM

      Oh yeah, I forgot it's a bit outside the old town ...


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