The 2,000-year old Roman town of Regensburg at the northern end of the Danube is known for the many Romanesque and Gothic buildings in its historical old quarter, which survived the Second World War largely unscathed.
No other town in Central Europe has architecture that so vibrantly reflects the major political, economic and religious developments of the High Middle Ages. A walk through the winding lanes of the old quarter – a restricted trafficzone – takes visitors to the most important architectural monuments, including the cathedral, the town hall, the court yards and private chapels of the medieval patrician houses, the palace of the princes of Thurn and Taxis, and the Romanesque and Gothic churches. The centuries-old Stone Bridge is a masterpiece of medieval European bridge building and provides a pictures que backdrop for a stroll through the town. A number of towers that have survived from the Middle Ages, colourful buildings and numerous pavement cafés give the Old Town a mediterranean feel, and it is clear to see why Regensburg is also known as ‘Italy’s northern most town’.