A trip to Regensburg just wouldn’t be complete without some Regen to add to the charm of this tiny medieval town! With the Danube river flowing through the city that made it a popular trading centre in the past, it has retained much of its medieval buildings with most of it left (thankfully) undestroyed by the Second World War. Apparently the city lost its significance after the trade industry went down, so much that it wasn’t worth being set as a target for the bombings.
Our lovely tour guide first led us down a street called the Happy Turkey Street apparently named after an inn owned by a really happy guy called Turk.Pretty easy huh? Be happy, make others happy and have an entire street named after ya!Das gefällt mir auch!I mean….who wouldn’t want to have a street named after you? Our tour guide showed us the many ways Italy influenced the city, such as a tower that’s typically found in Tuscany but can be seen towering overhead along a row of houses. Apparently the tower is a symbol of power and the higher the tower, the more power it symbolised since it reflects the wealth of the rich merchants who could afford the expensive stones used to build the tower. But now the tower and the courtyard around it is used as…a student hostel haha. Our tour ended with the Stone Bridge that was supposed to be the highlight of the tour. You know how you should always save the best for the last?
But unlucky us, the bridge was still under renovation and we saw the bridge enveloped with such ugly steel frames…We had 4 hours of free time after the tour and we immediately went for the Bratwurst restaurant recommended by our guide. If it did’t cost 2.50 euros for the sausage and bread, i’d definitely go for a second round. I have to say this is probably the best sausage I’ve tasted in Germany so far! The sausage went so well with the sauerkraut and sweet mustard!Sehr Sehr Lecker.
With our tummies half full but really satisfied, we went on the stone bridge to do a little exploring and the view surely didn’t disappoint! Everything looked so picturesque and idyllic, with the river banks covered with green grass and trees, and medieval houses that added to the already gorgeous landscape! We stopped by for some ice cream at the end of the bridge before making our way back to the Altstadt since there wasn’t much to see after crossing the bridge. We entered the gothic styled Saint Peter’s Cathedral, named after the saint with the keys to heaven!We managed to find a stained glass painting in the church of Saint Peter with his magical keys too! Didn’t think it was possible with so many paintings inside but yeah we found it (After some searching of course). We had plenty of time to spare so we strolled along the alleys and settled for dessert Round 2 at a cafe! The chocolate Spaghetti Eis was enough for four of us to share and was completely satisfying with the ice cream pretty much submerged in runny chocolate sauce and cream.
It started drizzling slightly, as the surprisingly accurate weather forecast had predicted, in the late afternoon, but we had a peaceful stroll in the park near the Hauptbahnhof in the rain that ended the trip really nicely:) To end off the post with something new I’ve learned today: Ich muss schiebe etwas nicht auf die lange Bank!
-Regensburg, Germany (23 April, 2016)