Cities & Culture

Regensburg: a magical combination of stone and charm

Regensburg: Alte Brücke bridge and the old town ©DZT (Francesco Carovillano)

Anyone thinking a Medieval city with a 2,000-year-old history and World Heritage status might be slightly on the quiet side is greatly mistaken in this instance. With the highest concentration of bars in Germany, the people of Regensburg know many ways to have fun.

Few other cities in central Europe can offer legacies of more than 2,000 years of history whichever way you look. Regensburg has 1,500 listed buildings, 984 of which comprise the UNESCO World Heritage 'Old Town with Stadtamhof' ensemble. The Stone Bridge, the cathedral and the Krauterermarkt square with the Collegiate Church of St. John, the Cathedral Treasury Museum, the patrician town house and the historical Adler Pharmacy count among Regensburg's most significant architectural monuments, but represent just a few of the vast number of outstanding sights.

Regensburg's cultural scene is just as diverse as the treasures of its Old Town. The Domspatzen, for example, is one of the world's oldest boys' choirs. And in the narrow alleyways of the Old Town, any number of restaurants, bars and pubs are a great place to spend the evening. Regensburg is also one of only a handful of cities that offer a modern shopping experience in amongst their architectural heritage. In the Händlmaier shop, for example, you can buy the brand's famous sweet mustard. There is absolutely no doubt that this is the best mustard in the world – at least if you ask fans of this traditional family-owned brand. Another thing is for sure: Regensburg is one of the world's best travel destinations. Maybe even the best one ever – but perhaps you should go and decide for yourself.

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