Patrician towerhouses in the Italianate style, the narrow, rambling lanes in the almost fully preserved medieval old town and a near mediterranean ambience have earned Regensburg – a UNESCO World Heritage site – its nickname as “the northernmost city in Italy”. 21st century living, old-established traditions and a distinct joie de vivre go hand in hand in Regensburg. Architectural history in the city goes back 2,000 years, and its magnificent buildings now house trendy bars, boutique stores and familyrun businesses, such as the oldest pewter foundry in Germany and Europe’s only master hatmaker for both gentlemen and ladies. A long list of architectural monuments including St Peter’s Cathedral, the Old Town Hall and the Thurn and Taxis Royal Palace are within walking distance of each other in the traffic-calmed old town.
UNESCO World Heritage Site Regensburg
UNESCO World Heritage since 2006 - The Old Town including Stadtamhof with over 1,000 authentic buildings of outstanding quality bear witness to the town´s signifance during the Middle Ages. The UNESCO world heritage Regensburg is known as the best preserved medieval town of Germany.
Old Stone Bridge
The oldest preserved bridge of its kind in Germany built in the 12th century. The Stone Bridge was model of the Charles Bridge in Prague.
The Porta Praetoria was built in the 2nd century by Emperor Marcus Aurelius as the north gate to the Roman camp Castra Regina.
Document Old Town Hall - Imperial Assembly Museum with torture chamber A place of European history, where the Perpetual Imperial Assembly (Reichstag) was established as a large „congress of envoys“ for some 350 years. Regensburg made history in the Old Town Hall. From 1663 to 1806 the Perpetual Imperial Assembly met here, brought a lot of wealth and power to Regensburg and constituted the beginnings of Europa and Parliamentism. Visit the imperial assembly hall and the torture chamber in the basement where persons charged with an offense were „questioned“. Access only with guided tour.
Historic Sausage Kitchen
Historic sausage kitchen – the oldest sausage kitchen of the world, with homemade sausages, sauerkraut and sweet mustard.
St. Peter´s cathedral, the only example of French Gothic architecture in South Germany. It is the heart of the diocese and Regensburg´s best known landmark. After admiring the impressive front you can feel the grandeur of the building when you enter it and tsee the marvelous light created by the glass windows. The world´s largest hanging organ with 5871 pipes, hanging on four ropes, accompanies the famous boys´ choir Regensburger Domspatzen.
Regensburger Domspatzen boy´s choir
In Regensburg you can listen to an exceptional boys` choir: the Regensburger Domspatzen. The choir has over 1000 years of tradition and is therefor considered tob e the oldest boys´choir in the world. Every Sunday at 10am (except during Bavarian summer vacation times from beginning of August until mid of September) the can be heard in the famous St. Peter´s Cathedral accompanying the mass.
Thurn and Taxis Palace
In the middle of the 18th century the princess of Thurn and Taxis, founders of the first large-scale postal service in Europe (15th century) turned the former monastery into a magnificent castle residence. The palace is a must-see and it is said to have more rooms than the Buckingham Palace in London. Accessible only with a guided tour.
Dokument: Snuff Factory
Ever tried snuffing tobacco? The former buildings of the bernard Snuff Factory were comprehensively restored after having been vacated. Three large rooms were intentionally left unchanged in the original condition and show what happened with the tobacco brought over from the New World. Accessible only with guided tour.
The largest number of dynasty towers (patrician towers) north of the Alps.