Regensburg, Germany

Situated 100 kilometres north east of Munich, on the Danube River, Regensburg is the only medieval city in Germany to be almost completely untouched by World War II bombings. The Old Town (or Aldstadt) has more than 1,500 heritage-listed buildings from Roman times to the present. Known as a city of kings and emperors, Regensburg is a beautiful jumble of eras. Wide stone bridges, palaces, churches and cathedrals nestle amongst more humble half-timbered houses perched above narrow cobblestone lanes. Rather than fortifications, you’ll find a green belt, including scenic parks and ornate botanical gardens, completely encircling the Old Town.

Settlement in Regensburg has been traced back to the Stone Age. Two millennia of history (including Celtic, Roman and Medieval periods) are celebrated in 20 museums across the city. Regensburg is also a great place to take in the cultural arts. Its cultural centre, called Alte Mälzerei, holds theatre productions and concerts. The city also has several independent theatres, including The Regensburg Theatre, which hosts operas, musicals and ballet.

With its prime river location and so much to see and experience, Regensburg is commonly seen on cruise ship itineraries travelling through Germany and Europe at large.

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Port Facilities

The port is located in the centre of Regensburg on the Danube River, right by the Old Stone Bridge.

Facilities near the port in Regensburg include:

  • Restaurants
  • Bank and ATMs
  • Shops
  • Internet cafés
  • Supermarkets.

How To Get Around

On weekdays, a bus service runs through the narrow streets of Regensburg between the Old Town and the central train station (Hauptbahnhof) every 10 minutes. The bus transfer point is one block north of the station. Bikes are available for hire near the station, and are a convenient way to navigate the city. Much of the Old Town and the Old Stone Bridge are closed to vehicles, but there is plenty of paid parking in the centre of Regensburg.

Travel times from the port:

On foot:

  • It is a 17 minute journey to the Hauptbahnhof
  • It is a 6 minute journey to Historische Wurstküche
  • It is a 10 minute journey to Altes Rathaus
  • It is an 8 minute journey to Dom St. Peter’s. 

By car/taxi:

  • It is a 15 minute journey to the Hauptbahnhof
  • It is a 34 minute journey to Straubing Wallmuhle Airport.

By bus:

It is a 17 minute journey to the Hauptbahnhof.

General Information

  • Currency – The currency in Regensburg is the Euro (€). Notes come in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, and €500 denominations. Coins come in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent and €1 and €2 denominations.

  • Time Zone – Regensburg follows Central European Time (CET), which is 1 hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC); daylight savings comes into effect between the months of March and October, moving Regensburg to 2 hours ahead of UTC.

  • Weather – Regensburg enjoys a humid continental climate, with mild summers and winters for Western Europe. Late autumn and early winter are the rainy season in Regensburg, and snow is not common due to the mild winters. July is the hottest month in Regensburg, with temperatures reaching an average of 18.45 degrees Celsius. January is the coldest month, with an average high of only -1.2 degrees Celsius.

Highlights

  • Historische Wurstküche – Next to the Old Stone Bridge and the Danube River, you’ll find Germany’s oldest fast-food joint. This historic, rustic restaurant is 860 years old. The shared indoor and outdoor tables are filled with tourists and locals alike ordering themselves a piece of Regensburg’s history. The speciality is six small Regensburger sausages (which are cooked over Beechwood fires in the tiny, 12th century kitchen) served with Sauerkraut, mustard and fresh bread or a pretzel. The restaurant is open every day of the week from April to October, and only on Sundays from November to March.

  • Altes Rathaus – Construction of this gothic town hall began in the 13th century. The Holy Roman Emperors used this hall to discuss affairs of state, summoning princes and bishops before them. Highlights include the imposing Imperial Hall, where the Perpetual Diet (the legislative assembly) sat from 1663 to 1806, and the Rathaus basement, a gruesome sight with dungeons and a perfectly preserved torture chamber.

  • Dom St. Peter's – The construction of this Regensburg cathedral dates back to the 13th century, although the two massive spires were added in the 19th century. The dramatic, carved French Gothic edifice requires constant restoration due to its porous limestone surface. The stained glass windows and silver-coated altar are spectacular, and the cathedral houses numerous tapestries, paintings and sculptures from the Medieval Era. The famous boys’ choir ‘Chor Domspatzen’ has been performing at the cathedral for more than 1,000 years. Anyone is welcome to hear the choir perform each Sunday at the 10am Mass. 

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