A July 2001 trip
to Regensburg by Barb B
Quote: The medieval town of Regensburg will transport you "back in time" -- without a time machine! Relics of the Stone age and Celtic times reside beside early Bavarian and Carolingian remains. Roman masonry can be found beside the road and splendid buildings in all styles : Romanesque to Classical - bear witness to its fantastic two-thousand-year old history.
The medieval town of Regensburg will transport you back in time -- without a time machine! Relics of the Stone age and Celtic times reside beside early Bavarian and Carolingian remains. Roman masonry can be found beside the road, just below street - level and splendid buildings in all styles: Romanesque, to Classical - bear witness to its fantastic two-thousand-year old past.
A walk around Regensburg, capital of the former free "Imperial City" proves to be a chance to travel back-in-time without a time machine!
Located on the Eastern side of the River Danube, just beyond the Bavarian Forest, the Medieval Metropolis of Regensburg awaits your sightseeing pleasure and enjoyment.
The imposing Porta Pratetoria, built of massive blocks of stone, was the northern-most gate of the city’s Roman fortress.
Almost inconspicuous, in comparison, the Memorial tablet to Sarmannina, a simple Roman matron, marks the first record of Christianity north of the Alps.
Squares abound, each flanked by palaces of the first Bavarian dukes and Carolingian kings.
The town Hall, with its great assembly room which later became the meeting place for the Perpetual Imperial Diet.
The churches, the most fabulous structures, and above all --the Gothic cathedral.
Patrician mansions set in quiet palestial sites with "almost Italian" qualities.
Regensburg's ancient stone bridge, now nearly 900 years old.
A courtyard of outdoor tables, surrounded by walls of cascading flowers swamp the walkway leading to the restaurant‘s entry. An elegant, yet unpretentious atmosphere greets you as you enter the dark wood and fresco decorated interior. Our table that evening was located beneath a tall window exquisitely decorated with flowing bouquets of dried flowers.
Waitresses clad in traditional green dirndl dresses delivered our menus and asked for our drink orders. Since the menu is written in three languages, (German, English and Italian) even my sister, who speaks absolutely no German OR no Italian knew exactly what to select!
A surprisingly creative wine list included several local, as well as non-regional wines by the glass or bottle. We selected local white wines by the glass (more accurately, Huge mugs). The crisp local wines, with good color and marvelous bouquet, accompanied our salad--a delightful mélange of greens, cucumbers and tomatoes.
Shortly thereafter, the main course was delivered. Our waitress spoke little English, but she set out our plates with a welcome smile and wished us "Good Appetite!" We each received a huge portion of crisply roasted duck --well seasoned, with excellent flavor and not at all fatty. Side items included the ever-present buttered green and red cabbage and a "surprisingly light" dumpling. When I asked the hostess how they created this "wonderfully light" dumpling, she replied simply,--"with love"! Several other main course possibilities were available, but this seemed the most popular and authentic combination of local foods.
Service was courteous and attentive without being intrusive. We finished our meal with glasses of an exquisite cream sherry accompanied by the house specialty-dessert, a walnut, apple and raisin laden strudel-- beyond compare. We took a moment to compliment our host and hostess on their fine establishment before returning to our hotel to thank our concierge for his wonderful recommendation.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 3, 2001
The Bischofshof Restaurant
Alter Korn Market
Attraction | "What's Happenin' at Haidplatz"
Such dramatic exhibitions don’t normally happen today but you will find jugglers, fire-eaters and stilt-men at the summer festival in Haidplatz square. One of Regensburg’s oldest squares, it originated as a triangular meadow just west of the Roman fortress. Today it is still a focal point -- with a variety of cafes, shops and pubs surrounding the square. We sat at a sidewalk table of the Café Boldenes Kreuz (# 7 Haidplatz) sipping a soft mosel wine (3.5 DM or about $1.75 US) as we studied everyday life in Regensburg.
Click-Click, clackity click, click-click -- the sound of a schoolboy riding his razor scooter over cobblestones.
"Shawarman" A huge piece of meat being roasted, in Arab traditional manner on an open spit in the center of the square
Animated groups of Japanese tourists, cameras ever "at the ready" following a Japanese-German tour guide.
Across the way, on the north side of Haidplatz stands the hotel "Zum Goldenen Kreuz". This was where Kaiser Karl V would stay while attending sessions of Parliament. On his last visit to the city he fell madly in love with the beautiful Barbara Blomberg. The end product of this affair, was Don Juan of Austria, who later achieved fame by defeating the Turks in the Battle of Lepanto.
At the turn of the last millennium when Regensburg was threatened by the heathen Knight Krako, his threat was diffused by Regensburg’s Knight--Dollinger. A spectacular duel was staged and this story is re-enacted every summer in the square. Throughout the year, artisans display hand-made pottery, jewelry and metal crafts for sale. Summer Cultural Events and A Summer Jazz-Weekend ensure that Haidplatz will remain as an important part of center city life.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 31, 2001
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