Thursday, September 22, 2016

Regensburg in Bavaria: A UNESCO Medieval Gem

A Roman settlement completed under Emperor Marcus Aurelius, Regensburg was the first capital of Bavaria and is the best preserved Medieval city in Germany. Strolling along the atmospheric narrow lanes and crossing the historical squares, it's easy to imagine what life was like centuries ago in this beautiful city on the Danube. Two thousand years of history has granted the region with a rich cultural and architectural heritage, a fact recognised by Unesco in 2006. Known as “Germany’s medieval miracle”, many buildings testify to its history as a thriving trading centre and to its influence on the region from the 9th century, including a number of ancient Roman, Romanesque and Gothic buildings. Regensburg’s 11th to 13th-century architecture, including the market, city hall and cathedral, still defines the character of the town marked by dark and narrow lanes, strong fortifications, medieval patrician houses and towers, a large number of churches and monasteries as well as the historic 12th-century Old Bridge. With a number of quaint beer gardens nestled in quite courtyards in old Regensburg, one of the more picturesque is Bischofshof am Dom, the ideal place to enjoy a Bavarian lunch under a shady canopy of leafy green trees and gurgling fountain. Equally popular for those wanting to sample traditional Bavarian sausages is the historic Sausage Kitchen overlooking the water beside the old Stone Bridge and the oldest continuously open public restaurant in the world, serving 6,000 sausages to guests daily, including renowned Bavarian dishes such as Franconian Saure Zipfl, Krautwickerl and Sauerbraten — prost!

The 16th-century clock tower sits at the foot of Regensburg's12th-century old Stone Bridge

One of Regensburg's Medieval cobblestone streets

The town was enjoying a festival of local street performers the weekend we visited Regensburg

German beer and sausages were all part of the weekend festival, 
with some residents fully enjoying the Bavarian fare

A market stall on the main square selling local straw basketry

Another scenic cobbled street, many with small cafés and tourist shops

A Gothic architectural balcony detail 

The Imperial symbol of Regensburg - the Eagle - in the Cathedral Square

The pretty Bischofshof am Dom Bavarian beer garden in Regensburg


The menu features local Bavarian cuisine

All of the servers were dressed in traditional dirndls and some of the men sporting lederhosen

One of the charismatic older waiters

Our server arriving with our tray of cold Bavarian beers

A large cold Bavarian beer

A basket of warm and addictivley delicious salty pretzels

Liver Paté in a small earthenware pot served with rye bread

Homemade Goulash Soup served with rye bread

House-Marinated Organic Salmon with Dill Mustard sauce, Potato Fritters and 
Boiled Egg garnished with Salmon Roe Caviar

Vienne Veal Schnitzel fried in butter with roast potatoes and lemon

Grilled King Prawns with mixed vegetables, lemon and dill

The dirndl is worn by young and old in rue Bavarian style

The Regensburg Sausage Kitchen, serving over 6000 sausages a day!

Sausages hot off the grill

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