Regensburg is at the confluence of the rivers Danube and Regen. This German city of 136,000 is located in Bavaria. The city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city had its beginnings as an important Roman camp which was built in 179 A.D. at the northernmost point of the Danube River. Despite its rich history, the town now enjoys a modern economy and some of the companies found here include BMW, Siemens and Toshiba. Amazon located its first German customer service centre here.
Hire a car in Regensburg and visit the many attractions. Almost a thousand examples of its rich history are to be found in the city centre alone. During World War 2, the city had an aircraft factory and an oil refinery which were the targets of the Allies. The old town remained largely unscathed and is the biggest and most well preserved medieval city in Germany. The prime example of Gothic architecture to be found in Bavaria is the Regensburg Dom (Cathedral). Work begun on this in 1275 and was finished in 1634 except for its towers which was completed in 1869. The renowned Regensburger Domspatzen, made up of boys and young men, is the official choir for the St. Peter’s Cathedral.
History buffs will also want to see the Steineme Brucke (Stone Bridge). This was built between 1135 and 1146 and is a major example of a medieval bridge. During the 2nd and 3rd Crusades, knights would use this bridge to cross the Danube en route to the Holy Land. Near the Bridge is the Wurstkuchl which is believed to be one of the oldest and most original fast food outlets worldwide!
Regensburg claims to have the highest concentration of restaurants in the country. Not only can you savour Bavarian specialties, but the cosmopolitan nature of its economy has eating establishments serving food from around the world. Why not take the time to eat at one of the traditional pubs which serve food and drinks in a historical and interesting setting?
Rent a car in Regensburg and you can drive to Munich, Passau, Landshut, Ingolstadt and Straubing. The autobahns within reach are the A3, A93/A9 and the A93/A6 while the federal motorways include the B8, B15 and B16. Be warned that if you do a car rental in Regensburg, the city centre is difficult to navigate due to the fact that the streets and buildings were built in a different time and do not cater to modern vehicular traffic but there is no problem outside the old town itself, and the newer roads are typical of the efficient German roads.
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