Best things to do in UNESCO listed Regensburg

Regensburg might be one of the best places to visit in Germany, but you should see and decide that for yourself. The first capital of Bavaria, included in UNESCO world heritage list it is famous for stunning Regensburg Cathedral, Thurn and Taxis Palace, patrician towers and stone bridge but there is much more to it than that. Regensburg, located at the confluence of the Danube, Naab and Regen rivers, is a seat of the Upper Palatinate (German: Oberpfalz), one of the seven administrative districts of Bavaria. Founded by the Romans more than 2000 years ago as Casta Regina (meaning Fortress by the River Regen), it is one of Germany's oldest towns.23regensburg stone bridge 1520121

Regensburg suffered little damage from bombing in World War two, and its well preserved medieval old town with almost 1000 listed buildings is on UNESCO World Heritage list since 2006. Colourful houses bring a touch of Mediterranean flair; it’s why Regensburg is also known as "Italy's northernmost town". Here are top things to do there for your travel inspiration.

Feel the heart of Regensburg at Old Cornmarket

The heart of Regensburg's wonderful Old Town can be found around the Alter Kornmarkt or Old Cornmarket. It's where you see the oldest part of the town. You can admire the three-section building complex dating from the 13th century. It consists of the Town Hall tower, the Gothic Imperial Chamber building and the baroque Town Hall, dating from the 14th - 18th centuries. Visit the tourist information centre located there to get some insights of the best places to visit.10regensburg cornmarket 1520144Address: Rathausplatz 4.

Look for patrician towers

Regensburg is famous for its medieval patrician towers – symbols of the prosperity and power of their inhabitants. In many cases, the towers were empty from the third floor up, so they were there to show off the owner’s wealth rather than serve a practical purpose. Many of these houses are still standing today. The pink tower at Watmarkt 4 that is pictured here also houses Dampfnudel Uli cafe, offering some of the best dampfnudels in Bavaria. Dampfnudel is a steamed, often sweet but sometimes savoury, tasty and filling dumpling.77pink tower regensburg 1520141

Admire the painting of the Goliath House

Goliath house was built in the late 13th century, and its end of 16th century painting of the fight between David and Goliath is one of the landmarks of Regensburg. The Goliath House is located directly in the historic centre of the Old Town. When you walk from the Danube up to the Brückstrasse, the impressive painting on the facade of the house tower will be directly in front of you. The Michelin starred restaurant “Storstad” is located on the top floor where you can enjoy the highest quality dishes and stunning views of the Old Town.17regensburg goliath house 1520109Address: Goliathstraße 10.

Walk the Stone Bridge

The view of the Danube from Regensburg's old town is dominated by the Stone Bridge. Built in the middle of the 12th century, the bridge was once considered the eighth wonder of the world and it was the largest of its kind. For more than 800 years, it was the only stone bridge over the Danube from Ulm to Vienna. Now the pedestrian bridge offers great views of the Danube for visitors.20regensburg stone bridge 152011021regensburg stone bridge 152011622regensburg stone bridge 152011823regensburg stone bridge 152012126regensburg stone bridge 1520133Check the Sausage Kitchen near the bridge, selling its excellent dishes there since the 12th century, therefore being oldest in the world.25regensburg stone bridge 1520129

Soak in the magnificence of St. Peter's Cathedral

If you come on foot from the railway station, as you get closer to the old town, the Regensburg Cathedral immediately catches your attention with its magnificence and size, with its two 105 meter high spires. It is one of southern Germany's finest examples of Gothic architecture. The current building was erected between the 13th and 16th century, and it is an extraordinary example of Bavarian Gothic architecture. Walking around the cathedral, you will see a number of exquisite treasures, including the five original Gothic altars and the stained glass windows dating from the 13th to 14th century.30regensburg dome cathedral 152003834regensburg dome cathedral 152010231regensburg dome cathedral 152008132regensburg dome cathedral 152009133regensburg dome cathedral 1520096Address: Domplatz 1.

Admire the baroque richness of St. Emmeram basilica

St. Emmeram basilica was built in the 8th century and acquired baroque features by the Asam brothers in the 18th century. The former Benedictine abbey was one of the most important monasteries in Bavaria and today is one of the main churches in Regensburg. This Romanesque basilica is based on an original church building from the second half of the 8th century. The oldest existing part of the building is the ring crypt under the choir of the northern aisle. The altar dates from the second half of 17th century.40regensburg emmeram basilica 152017341regensburg emmeram basilica 152017544regensburg emmeram basilica 152018345regensburg emmeram basilica 152018945regensburg emmeram basilica 1520264Address: Emmeramsplatz 3.

Learn about the history of Thurn and Taxis dynasty visiting their Palace

The magnificent St. Emmeram palace was built enlarging the former Benedictine monastery of St. Emmeram at the beginning of the 19th century by one of the wealthiest German noble families Thurn and Taxis. With its more than 500 rooms, it is considered one of Germany's finest examples of historicist architecture.50regensburg emmeram schloss 152017752regensburg emmeram schloss 152018155regensburg emmeram schloss 152019959regensburg emmeram schloss 152025260regensburg emmeram schloss 152025361regensburg emmeram schloss 152025662regensburg emmeram schloss 1520259By the 16th century, Thurn and Taxis had a monopoly on postal services in many European countries. At the peak of their operations, they employed about 20,000 messengers. The family was raised to princely status by the Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I at the end of the 17th century. Today, they are one of the wealthiest families in Europe. Albert von Thurn und Taxis, the 12th prince in his family line, has impressive assets including real estate, art and 36,000 hectares of woodland in Germany. You can only get into the palace as part of a guided tour. Find out the tour times at the palace ticket office or Tourist information centre. The Compact tour I joined was in German but I was provided with an English audio guide and the tour guide also made some brief comments in English.54regensburg emmeram schloss 1520195We had an opportunity to visit several magnificently furnished chambers and the cloisters in the oldest part of the monastery. Taking pictures inside is not allowed.

Practical information

Regensburg is about 120 kilometres away from Munich and 110 kilometres from Nuremberg, easily accessible by train.60regensburg railway station 1520283So it makes that a great day trip from both of these cities. You can easily explore Regensburg on foot. If you want to visit the St. Emmeram palace, learn about the guided tours times first, and build your town visit around it.

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Want to explore more? Read about places to visit in Germany in Autumn. What did you think? Have you been to Regensburg? Or perhaps you’re thinking of visiting there in the near future? Either way, I’d love to hear from you so please add your comments below.

  • Published by Anita on September 1, 2018

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    travelling mostly solo for more than 15 years. She is a skilled travel planner who plans and executes her travels by herself. Anita wants to show you how to travel the world and open your mind to new experiences. Follow her on FacebookInstagramPinterestTwitter and Bloglovin.


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    I live here!! So glad you enjoyed our beautiful city! I can tell you recently visited because the bridge is almost complete! Been under construction since before I moved here in 2012! I'm eagerly waiting for its completion! Found on Mapping Monday!
    Wonderful post! Love your photos, and enjoyed learning more about this beautiful town.
    I love your posts and your photography is stunning thank you
    Looks like the place is oozing with rich culture and history..walking around these quaint buildings would have been a real pleasure
    The cathedral looks beautiful. Never heard of Regensburg but I might have to go beaucse of your post.

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