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“Soak up the History”
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Old Stone Bridge
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Regensburg Rail Day Trip from Munich
Ranked #4 of 67 things to do in Regensburg
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Owner description: This 12th-century bridge still stands, a tribute to medieval engineering technology.
Reviewed January 29, 2013

Standing on a 12th century stone bridge, looking across the Danube to the beautiful medieval architecture of Regensburg on a clear September day....does it get any better than this? We only spent a day here and there is so much more to see, but our starting point on this bridge set the scene for a memorable visit. The historic sausage kitchen is nearby, plus great shopping, coffee and pastries at Cafe Prinzess, St Peter's Cathedral with its magnificent silver altar and Gothic windows, Town Hall clock tower, cobbled streets, crooked buildings....the list goes on. Would love to return to see more.

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Reviewed January 21, 2013

This bridge is excellent as well as the buildings along it. I have been on many times and hope to see it again soon.

Thank Edward S
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Reviewed January 16, 2013

Regensburg’s history is tied up in its Roman founding. The old stone bridge, built by the Romans, was for centuries the only crossing of the Danube River, denoting the one absolute connection between southern and Russia, or anywhere else north or east for that matter. It is this same stone bridge that required building of the canal and lock system allowing passenger riverboats to bypass this otherwise impregnable obstacle.

Befitting an ancient town, Regensburg is built to human scale. It also had the good fortune of not being bombed during World War II, save for a couple of spans of the stone bridge. So what you see is medieval reality, save for the modern restrooms!

Regensburg stood in stark contrast to Melk and Passau in that the town’s cathedral is no longer part of the Roman Catholic diocese there, but instead has been turned over to the city. The city in turn administers it as a museum. I’m still uneasy visiting de-sanctified churches (unless its Brew Works in Pittsburgh!). Imagining a restaurant inhabiting the Regensburg cathedral would require one heck of investment.

This leads to the high point of the visit to Regensburg: a visit to the oldest fast food restaurant in the West. Right near the Stone Bridge is a Wurst Shop. It is the best wurst shop ever! [We’ll avoid any Abbott & Costello routine stemming from this seeming oxymoron.] It is a little stone building that has been making and selling sausages for centuries.

While you can order a frankfurter to go, we decided to splurge. Splurge means an order of six wursts, each one a third the size of a standard ballpark frank. Rolls come separately (and are charged separately), but sauerkraut is required, as is the sweet mustard for which the region is known. These were by far the best wursts I have ever eaten.

[Costello: “Abbott, how can these be the best worsts?” Abbott: “Lou, why would you want a worst wurst?” Costello: “At least then it would make sense!”]

I am well aware that my most recent recollections of this incredible European Danube River cruise encompass gummy bears and hot dogs, interspersed with descriptions of great cathedrals. In other words, I am standing on the ground floor of the Baroque cathedral looking upwards. How little things have changed in five hundred years.

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Reviewed January 7, 2013

Nice old stone bridge on the Danube River. One of the most striking location in the town of Regensburg

Thank Sandra L
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

You have to vist the tourist information centre and take a walk across the bridge. It's just brilliant

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