Historic Regensburg

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July 25th 2014
Published: June 22nd 2017
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It was about a 15 minute walk from the ship along the river into the historic town of Regensburg. There has been a town here since Roman times but there is only a little evidence of a Roman gate. Most of the town is medieval and came to fame as it supplied salt to the surrounding areas. Salt was known as white gold as it was the only way of preserving fish and meat during the winter. The town also boasts a 900 year old stone bridge, which unfortunately was being restored when we visited so we only got a partial view. There are several rich merchant houses with towers- the higher the tower the richer the merchant. The tour ends up at the cathedral which has a huge organ inside- fortunately not playing! We stop for the inevitable beer in the sunny square and then as there are some very lovely shops in this town, shopping is a must even for those of us who don't like shopping! We decided to try the famous sausage in one of the oldest sausage restaurants in town. This establishment was flooded last year but as they knew the flood was coming, they emptied the building of equipment and then filled it with clean water. When the flood waters receded the restaurant was still nice and clean once it dried out. The sausages and sauerkraut however taste like chipolatas and cabbage so not much to boast about and at this restaurant they overcharge as it is a tourist attraction so do not bother

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