Americans are shorter on vacation time than, say, Europeans, or pretty much most people…I recently read that Americans have the same amount of vacation as medieval peasants did. So we tend to dash all over on a trip in our quest to see the maximum we can before being thrust back into our workaday lives. Heck, we saw Normandy , Chartres , and the Dordogne among other places during out 16 days in France. In fact, in a travel forum recently, I noted an American woman looking for recommendations on an upcoming trip to Europe. Regensburg is one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. While Steve was at work, I worked too.
Regensburg | Bavarian towns and cities
Anyone charmed by medieval history will be in dreamland in the UNESCO city of Regensburg, where 1, listed monuments have stood the test of centuries. Patrician families tried to outdo each other by making their home the tallest in the city, leaving the townscape a Romantic sea of towers, while the city was a ecclesiastical centre and has more churches than you could possibly manage in one trip. Regensburg balances its weighty culture with the highest concentration of bars of any German city, and an easy-going, almost-Mediterranean ambience on its squares. Seen as the pinnacle of southern German Gothic art, Regensburg cathedral is the kind of monument that can keep you enthralled for hours. Also look out for the silver high altar from the 17th and 18th century and the tomb of Margareta Tucherin, sculpted by the early Renaissance master Peter Vischer the Elder. A triangular square in the centre of the old town, Haidplatz was the scene of jousting tournaments in the middle ages. The dominant building is the fortress-like Goldenes Kreuz Golden Cross , a patrician house, the oldest elements of which date to the 13th century.
We had a few days to explore and enjoy all the best things to do in Regensburg, Germany which stole our hearts. We were in awe of the incredible stone medieval buildings and winding passages full of independent shops and merchants, a gorgeous stone bridge, the Danube River flowing through the city, incredible cathedral, and historical restaurants and breweries. You can see traces of Roman history here in Regensburg, Germany as well as a majority of its medieval past. In the 13 th century, Regensburg was considered one of the largest cities not only in Germany but in all of Europe.
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