Posted by: debrakolkka | July 2, 2011

I forgot Regensburg

Last year I went to visit my friend in Marloffstein in southern Germany. I saw beautiful Erlangen and wonderful Wurzburg and had a day in Regensburg. Somehow the post got lost and I forgot about it. Better late than never.

Regensburg is a beautiful medieval town on the Danube River in southern Germany.  It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is easy to see why.  It largely escaped the bombs of WWII and is wonderfully preserved.  Wandering through the Alstadt with its 13th – 15th century buildings is delightful.  There is a surprise at every turn.

beautiful buildings in Regensburg

horse riders on a metal grate

David and Goliath on a building - I wonder why

It was a former Roman settlement and became the capital of Bavaria’s first duchy in the 11th century.  It was a prosperous trading centre in the middle ages, which accounts for the grand old buildings.

Dom St Peter is considered one of Bavaria’s most important Gothic cathedrals.  It was built between 1275 and 1520.  It was cleaned in 1997, revealing a green sandstone and limestone facade.  The stained glass windows are incedibly detailed, amazing considering they were made in the 13th and 14th centuries.

Dom St Peter

the side of the church

the front door

detail on the front of the church

a heavy load

stained glass window

 We had lunch in Restaurant Beos, Untere Bachgasse 9, and ate Flammkuchen.  It has a very thin, pizza like base with delicous toppings.  We thought it was a speciality of the area, but it apparently comes from Alsace.  Not to worry,  it was very good and we left nothing on the plate.

inside the restaurant

flammkuchen

We went into the beautiful courtyard of the Bishop’s Hotel to see the interesting statue.

Bishop's Hotel

a good looking Bishop

The Art Nouveau bronze statue is of an innocent looking priest, but take a look behind for another side to this man of the cloth. 

the priest with the trusting geese

such an innocent face

but look behind

bad priest

The Romanesque Old Stone Bridge is the oldest in Germany.  The bridge opened major international trade routes between Northern Europe and Venice.  Now excursions on the river depart from the bridge, taking visitors along the Danube, one of the world’s great rivers.  There are also restaurants beside the bridge where you can sit on a sunny day, admire the view and eat a German sausage or two.

 

the old bridge

the approach to the bridge

the clock tower on the bridge

the waters of the Danube

have a sausage for me

 Regensburg is a beuatiful city, full of things to see and do. The shopping is excellent and the food very good. What more could you want?


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  1. So glad you didn’t loose this one, what a lovely place. I travelled there years ago and it is a jolt to my memory to see these pictures. Thank you.

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    • It is a beautiful place, I could easily go back to spend more time there.

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  2. What a charming Medieval town! So glad it wasn’t bombed in WW II. I love the architecture and the intricate stained glass windows. The statue of the priest took me by surprise – obviously he had a Dr Jeckyll/Mr Hyde reputation to have a statue made like that! Just shows that some men of the cloth are not above their posts. I love the pretty carved chairs in the cafe and the iron work. Thanks for sharing Regensburg with us – I’m glad you remembered. 🙂

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    • The priest was a big surprise. What a naughty fellow.

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  3. Google says the town’s name is Regensburg, not Regensberg.
    And I loved the tip!

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    • Thanks for that. I did call it Regensburg in the title, but made a mistake later on. I’ll fix it.

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  4. What an extraordinary statue. It surely must have caused some controversy – presumably his flock won the day.

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    • I’m sure it must have been very controversial in its day – a priest luring geese in only to be eaten.

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  5. Thank you for sharing this, Debra. The photos are superb, as always. We have been in Bavaria; however, we have not visited Regensburg before, so it will be on our “to do” list.
    You are right, Flammkuchen is always attributed to Alsatia…. but then, Alsatia was part of Germany at a time and most of the people who live there are of German origin. I understand that Flammkuchen is also eaten in other areas of Germany and the name itself is German, in French it would be “Tarte flambée”. Anyway, it is a delicious dish, very easy to make and here is my recipe for you:
    Preheat the oven to high (it must be very hot)
    Make a firm dough mixing about 1 cup of flour, 1/2 cup of water, 2 tablespoons of salt and a pinch of salt. The dough must be firm, so add extra flour as needed. Roll out the dough very thinly and put it on a tray (a pizza tray will do fine)
    Slice a couple of onions very thinly and cook them in some butter until they sweat and become transparent. Cut some thin slices of smoked bacon (about 5 slices).
    Spread a jar of sour cream (or crème fraîche) on top of the dough. Cover with the onions and bacon. Add some salt, pepper, ground cummin and chives on top. (Some people add Emmental cheese and even tomatoes and it also tastes great).
    Bake it for about 10-15 minutes.
    Enjoy with a nice white wine!

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    • This sounds delicious!!! I will certainly try it. Thanks for the recipe.

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  6. I’m so envious of your travels and adventures. This place looks amazing. 🙂

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    • Southern Germany is lovely. I am lucky to have a friend living there so can visit often.

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  7. Thanks for sharing you experience of Regensburg trip. I have been here many times and the city is close to my heart. There are various tourist activities to do and tourist attractions in Regensburg to visit. Walhall temple and Old stone bridge are really best of them. You article reminds memories of my Regensburg tour.

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    • Thank you for the tips. Regensburg is a wonderful place to visit. I hope I get back there one day soon.

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  8. Nice post . .. Much informative and useful as well.

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