Today we had the option of having a “Taste of Christmas” Frankfurt walking tour (as per the original schedule) or an additional option of a walking tour of Regensberg. I chose the Regensburg walking tour.
Regensburg sits on the Danube river which I had not
expected to see on this cruise. It is
the fourth-largest city in the State of Bavaria after Munich, Nuremberg and
Augsburg. Regensburg was founded as an
imperial Roman river fort. The medieval
centre of the city was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2006 because of its
well-preserved architecture, being the biggest medieval city site north of the
Alps, and the city's historical importance for assemblies during the Holy Roman
Empire. Regensburg was also fortunate
not to be particularly damaged during WWII.
We entered Regensburg by the Stone Bridge which is a 12th-century bridge across the Danube taking us into the Old Town. Until the 1930s, the Stone Bridge was the city's only bridge across the river.
We were led by a guide through the old centre of Regensburg. Thankfully this meant I had little chance to shop. It was also great to see some sunshine for the first time on the cruise.
Regensburg Cathedral, also known as St. Peter's
Cathedral, is an example of important Gothic architecture within the German
state of Bavaria.
Parcel vehicle delivery vehicles are a little different in Rotherburg.
Although it was really chilly in Regensburg we found a sheltered courtyard where a tree had come into blossom.
After doing a little shopping I ended my visit to Regensburg sitting next to the Stone Bridge at the Wurstkϋche Regensburg which has been serving up sausages to dockworkers and now tourists for hundreds of years. It is the oldest continually operating restaurant in Germany. I sat there drinking a beer by the Danube watching people queuing for sausages in a bun.
The River Princess finally moved today along a canal up to Roth and
back to Nuremberg. The
river levels were still too high for the ship to travel beneath the bridges.