Located at the confluence of the Regen and the Danube rivers, Regensburg, a Bavarian city, is surrounded to its East by the Bavarian forest. It is also the capital of the Bavarian administrative region, Upper Palatinate. The huge medieval center of this city is a UNESCO world heritage site. Wander casually along the streets with its well preserved 13th and 15th century houses and you will comprehend how it got its title of `Germany’s best preserved medieval city.’
Strict laws protect the city center since the 1970s. The laws are so strict that they even dictate which pigments should be used when it is time to repair the façade of a building. Regensburg is one of the few German cities that escaped from bombardment during the Second World War, hence the Roman walls, the churches, towers, and the patrician mansions that tourists view are all authentic, making it an architectural delight.
Some of the artifacts of this city date back by more than 2,000 years. However, this does not mean that this city is just an architectural delight. Many other interesting spots make up the limbs of this city.
The Dom: Do not miss out on the famous cathedral, locally called as the Dom. It is a prime example of Gothic architecture in Bavaria. This cathedral was founded in the year 1275 and was completed, apart from the towers, in the year 1634. The towers were completed in the year 1869. The interiors of this cathedral contain a number of fascinating monuments that also include one of the masterpieces of Peter Vischer.
The Stone Bridge: Another important tourist destination, the stone bridge was built between 1135 and 1146 and showcases an example of medieval bridge building. According to history, it was used by the knights of the second and third crusade to cross the Danube River on their journey towards the Holy Land.
Church of St. James: This church derives its name from the monastery of Scoti (Irish Benedictines) to which it was linked. Examine the doorway carefully for its amazing grotesque carvings of deities, animals, and saints.
Benedictine Monastery of St. Emmeram: This is both a chapel of the Thurn and Taxis family and also a Parish church. Check out the sanctuary carefully. It is a mixture of gilding and Baroque plaster that has been layered over a pre-Romanesque building.
Apart from the above, some more churches and cathedrals are worth visiting. What grabs the attention of the tourists the most is the way all these buildings have been preserved. The fact that this city had not been ravaged during the second world war helps, but then there are other cities too that have had this advantage, but few of them can boast of the levels of preservation of artifacts like Regensburg does.
Do not miss out on the festivals that are unique to this city while visiting it. Regensburger Dult is a famous public festival that takes place two times a year in May and August. Then there is the Bürgerfest that is celebrated every alternate year. The latter festival attracts more than 100,000 visitors.