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Sitting outside a café in the Altstadt on a balmy summer evening, barbecuing with friends on the banks of the river Danube or spending the day at an outdoor swimming pool – Regensburg is definitely at its best in the summer. In the winter, visitors are enchanted by the town's many Christmas markets.
Regensburg is one of Germany’s oldest cities, and many buildings in the medieval Altstadt are still very well preserved. A prime example is the Gothic Cathedral of St. Peter. Historical squares and architecture can be found all over town.
You’ll also discover traces of the Romans and Middle Ages in Regensburg. Behind the historical facades are modern stores and some of the old vaulted buildings are now home to bars and restaurants. Regensburg is a town that successfully preserves its heritage but also keeps up with the times.
The town’s most famous square is Neupfarrplatz in the city centre. This is the site of the Neupfarrkirche, a tiny church with an interesting background. In the 16th century, a Jewish synagogue existed here before the Neupfarr church was built. Market stands around the church regularly sell regional products such as strawberries and asparagus. Many of the squares in the old part of town, like Neupfarrplatz, are connected by a network of small alleys. You might get lost when you first arrive in town. But it’s these little streets and squares that give the town its appealing and distinctive character.
Close to the town centre is Steinerne Brücke. The bridge is the town’s most famous landmark, and something the people of Regensburg are especially proud of. It has been a permanent fixture in Regensburg since the Middle Ages, and links downtown Regensburg with the Stadtamhof district. Both districts were declared UNESCO World Heritage sites in 2006 and are visited by thousands of tourists every year.
Stadtamhof is separated from the old part of town by the river Danube and for many locals is the most beautiful part of town. The mix of shops, restaurants and cafés in the many colourful little houses gives the district an especially attractive character: you sometimes feel like you’re on holiday in the Mediterranean.
On your way over the bridge, watch out for the „Bruckmandl“ (bridge people). The statue has become a city emblem, hence Bruckmandl guesthouses, Bruckmandl schnitzel (served with mustard and horseradish) and Bruckmandl beer.
Not far from Regensburg is another important landmark, the hall of fame. The hall houses busts of 130 distinguished people from German and European history, most notably writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and reformer Martin Luther. From the Walhalla, you have a magnificent view of the city, the surrounding area and the river Danube.
Numerous special events and festivals (all dates are listed in Regensburg’s calendar of events) define leisure time and everyday life in Regensburg throughout the year. Students traditionally like to spend the afternoons or evenings in local cafés or bars. One of the most popular meeting places is the „Neue Filmbühne“ right on Bismarckplatz. One special thing about this bar: you’re allowed to take drinks outside and sit on the square in front of the „Neue Filmbühne“.
The Jahninsel is a popular place for barbecues. The island is in the middle of the Danube between Altstadt and Stadtamhof and attracts both students and locals who like to hang out, relax and enjoy barbecues with friends. The island also becomes music venue for one weekend in the summer. All kinds of bands perform at the Jahninselfest, and you can attend concerts for only about 20 euros– festival atmosphere right in the middle of Regensburg.
In terms of food, too, Regensburg offers a mix of traditional and modern. The old part of town is full of cafés and restaurants where you can start the day with breakfast and finish it with a cocktail. The Hemingway’s on the Obere Bachgasse with outdoor tables right on the square is ideal for both. Two authentic Regensburg venues are the Wurstkuchl, right next to Steinerne Brücke, and Kneitinger, a typical Bavarian tavern which has several branches in town. Orkan (Holzländestrasse on the banks of the Danube) is particularly popular among students. The food here is slightly more extravagant but none of the dishes costs more than 10 euros.
The highlight of every winter are the Christmas markets. The Romantic Christmas Market in the courtyard of the Thurn and Taxis palace is especially atmospheric. Sipping a glass of „Feuerzangenbowle“, a kind of rum punch which is prepared on an open fire, you really start to get in the Christmas spirit.
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