Although not as well known as it’s bigger neighbor, Munich, this former Roman city is a quiet respite from the crowds of tourists in the larger German cities. Situated at the confluence of the Danube, Regen and Naab rivers, Regensburg is easily reached by Autobahn or train from Munich and Nuremburg. I got to visit this wonderful city when I was working with a German company in 1995.
My colleague picked me from Munich Airport and drove to Regensburg on a sunny Saturday afternoon. It was also my first time riding on the famed Autobahn, and we were soon moving at 240km/h in the rental Audi. I didn’t know an estate Audi can go that fast and these German drivers are really crazy.
After checking into my hotel, it was time to explore the old town of Regensburg.
The old town is centered around the main cathedral, known to the locals as “The Dom”.
Outside of Regensburg, there are a couple of imposing buildings built by Ludwig I of Bavaria. I visited the Walhalla, an imposing replica of the Parthenon in Athens. It is built on a small hill about 10km out of Regensburg.
If you are interested in history and art, Regensburg will be a good stop for 2-3 days. And if you are not the culturally inclined type, there are numerous old breweries where you can get your Maß of locally brewed beer to pass away your time.