Day 9 – Regensburg, Germany

On Thursday, we docked in Regensburg, Germany. With over 140,000 people, Regensburg is the fourth-largest city in the State of Bavaria after Munich, Nuremberg and Augsburg.

Regensburg owns the largest medieval old town north of the Alps with over 1,000 historic buildings. Its most famous sights are located mainly in the Old Town.

The iconic, Stone Bridge
The iconic Stone Bridge

In approximately 1100 AD, the Stone Bridge was build across the Danube River. It is an amazing example of medieval engineering and construction. The renovation is expected to be complete by 2017.

Kari, Peggy and Mikaela inside the Cathedral
Kari, Peggy and Mikaela inside the Cathedral

Fearing damage from the bombings taking place during World War II, the town residents removed the stained glass windows of Regensburg Cathederal. Their concern was warranted as an explosion during the war blew out many of the remaining windows. Fortunately, Regensburg itself suffered little damage and its historical buildings largely remained intact.

While I knew Pope Benedict IVI, was from Germany, I did not know that he is from this area. It turns out that he has a house less then 1 kilometer from Regensburg and taught theology at the University of Regensburg from 1969 to 1977.

For lunch, we went to Historische Wurstkuchl in Old Town. While many people ate on the picnic benches outside, Peggy opted for some warmth because she was concerned about my cold. We didn’t realize this, but located caddy-corner to the historic building is their modern restaurant.

Unfortunately, the Christmas Market in Regensburg closed the day before we arrived. Since it was Christmas Eve, most businesses closed by the early afternoon.

Sunset in Regensburg
Sunset in Regensburg
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