Regensburg Bavaria

Regensburg Bavaria, Germany

I’m a fan of stone bridges as many of you know. Like the wooden doors we looked at in the previous blog, stone bridges always share a wealth of history because of the boots, the wheels, the armies, the families, the animals, the laborers, the politicians, and the merchants who once-upon-a-time crossed the bridge. Stone also suggests permanence and that’s exactly what we have in Regensburg.

Between 1135 and 1146, Regensburg built a stone bridge across the Danube that altered its fortunes forever. Once opened for traffic, this bridge became a major international artery that connected northern Europe with Venice. Wealth arrived and Regensburg became a cultural center celebrated for its gold-work and fabrics. You can read more of its history here.

There were Stone Age settlements in this area and the Celts called it Radisbona. The Romans built a fort here in 179 A.D. called Castra Regina, which means ‘fortress by the River Regen’ and there are Roman structures to be see today in this city. Regensburg is situated at the confluence of the River Danube and the River Regen. To read more about the latter, go here

Despite bombing in WWII, most of the medieval part of the city survived the war and is now a UNESCO World Heritage SiteHere’s a quote from Wiki-travel: The main attraction of Regensburg is its excellently preserved medieval city centre with the cathedral and the stone bridge being the highlights. As one of the few cities in Germany largely undamaged during the Second World War, Regensburg boasts the largest preserved medieval city centre in Germany. It is sometimes called “the northernmost city of Italy” due to the lively places and streets with lovely outdoor cafes during summer, as well as the large number of Italian-style medieval merchant houses and towers. The historic centre lies next to the river Danube (Donau), and crossing the medieval stone bridge into the town provides a perfect entrance to the city.

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28 thoughts on “Regensburg Bavaria

  1. My first thought when I saw the heading was the company that make the most incredible jigsaw puzzles – Ravensburger. Not the same obviously but any one of these glorious pictures would make a beautiful puzzle.

  2. I am familiar with Regensburg because a religious order I am associated with has its origins there. The pictures are gorgeous and I find them very moving. It is almost hard to believe that they are the work of human hands, but they are undeniably real. I like to believe that their creation was inspired by God and an abounding faith. I live in Queens, which is a borough of New York City. Thank you for choosing this subject today.

    • Donna,
      It feels like such a small world that I would have blogged about a place that has such meaningful associations for you. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

      Caris, from Buckeye, Arizona, USA

  3. You find the most beautiful pictures of the most interesting places. I have never heard of Regensburg. I will have to do some further checking. Thanks for the beautiful scenery shots.

  4. I am not familiar with Regensburg. The photos seem to indicate that they build up and out The buildings were typically 3 or more stories each and somewhat long. I would imagine they have a large population of people. Thanks for the photos.

  5. The photos are lovely. I love old buildings and those in Europe, especially the old cities are magnificent! Built of stones, these buildings really last hundreds of years compared to the steel and concrete modern buildings.

  6. I’ve never heard of Regensburg. When you mentioned stone bridges, I always wondered how they were built and the people that made them.

  7. Hello 😀 I think the second and fourth pictures are my favorites. Beautiful pictures, all of them, though. I would love to travel the world. I am hoping to start within the next few years, getting out and about in the world. Germany is on my to-do list of traveling. I would love to see some of the smaller less densely populated areas in Europe and the outlaying areas.

  8. Like nearly everyone else, I wasn’t aware of this place.
    The photos are beautiful and reflect a deep feeling of tranquility, for me anyhooo.

    As one member said, anyone of the photos would be a gorgeous subject for a puzzle.

    As long as it isn’t over 750 pieces.

    • Judy,
      I hear you. I wish I could hop on a plane, but it’s not in the cards, at least not right now. Apparently, though, I’m building an itinerary: Giethoorn, Bruges, Tuscany and now Regensburg.

      Caris, from Buckeye, Arizona, USA

  9. Love the pictures. I love the history that is found when traveling through Europe. I’ve never been to Regensburg but I think I just might add it to my wish list. It does remind me of several cities I’ve visited in the Czech Republic though. And all this talk of puzzles makes me want to go out and buy some!

    • Tamara,
      You’re not far off about the city resembling the Czech Republic. The River Regen flows through there as well, so they’ve got to be relatively close! And yes, I suspect we’ll all be pulling jigsaw puzzles out of the closet, lol!

      Caris from Buckeye, Arizona, USA

  10. I can’t pick just one picture, would have to say all of them are just fantastic. I haven’t heard of that town nor seen any of it. Those gorgeous buildings & cathedral-just magnificent! I love Europe for their old castles and buildings and unusual styles of all of them.

  11. I love old bridges. They just don’t make them like they used to anymore. I have never heard of this bridge, but certainly enjoyed the photos! The arches in the bridge makes me want to rent a gondola and cruise right through a few times lol! Thanks for the info and the beautiful pictures.

  12. I have never been to Germany but love to read historicals that take place over there. My favorite picture is the night one with the lights highlighting the beautiful spire.

  13. Beautiful! Too bad I did not know about this city when I lived in Germany. It would have been a fascinating place to visit. Although, looking at these picture did remind me of many of the places I did see. Yes, I was in Bavaria for a while, just not to Regensburg.

    It is no wonder that you are a writer. I do love how your mind works – wondering who crossed a stone bridge. I will agree though, it is a wondrous piece of architecture.

  14. I’ve never been to Germany, but my brother was stationed there a long time with an engineering company in the Army. His company built a bridge across the Sava under IFOR.

    Denise from Maryland

  15. I love any kind of stone work. My husband is a mason and it is, I believe, a dying art form. He can create marvelous structures with hand tools that are now being formed by machinery.

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