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Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Regensburg December 22nd 2016

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas (northern hemisphere style). Don't really expect to see much snow until we get to Austria & Switzerland but this is pretty nice anyway (apparently it is frost, not snow.). Temps down to about -3 degrees. Our daily programme was changed around today as we were supposed to disembark from the ship and go into Regensburg however we ended up cruising past and disembarked further down the canal and caught a bus back to Regensburg where we visited the Thurn und Taxis Castle. Franz von Taxis was the first to establish a well-organized courier service in Italy and at the turn of the 16th century laid the foundation for the development of an international postal system. A letter could be transported between Innsbruck and Brussels in 5½ days. In ... read more
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Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Regensburg December 5th 2016

Regensburg is the best preserved medieval city in Germany, and the old town is a UNESCO World heritage site. We bundled up and had a 2 hour walking tour of old town. The names and history of all the wonderful old buildings were pointed out to us, and I promptly forgot them all. But they are impressive examples of Gothic architecture, so were still interesting to see. Plus the streets are so narrow that pedestrians have to glue themselves to the side of a building to not get squashed when a car drove by. That was amusing for the first one or two times. After that, not so much. All of the streets and sidewalks are cobblestone, which is harder to walk on for extended periods of time than you would think. Especially when the streets ... read more

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Regensburg August 22nd 2016

This morning we were up early and had breakfast before we met our local guide for a tour of the city of Regensburg. As our guide talked we meandered through the narrow streets of this beautiful city. At the end of the pier we came to the Historic Sausage Kitchen of Regensburg. This is perhaps the oldest continuously open public restaurant in the world (14th century). If you wanted takeaway, you could go in and order but you couldn't sit down at the tables outside unless you wanted to be waited on and had a bigger order. We were encouraged to stop after the tour, which we did. We saw the Dom St. Peter Cathedral (which took 250 years to build). Across the street from the Sausage Kitchen we watched a cuckoo clock presentation. After the ... read more

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Regensburg August 21st 2016

Today we leave the beautiful city of Prague and travel to Regensburg, Germany to board the new Monarch Empress to begin our Danube River Cruise. We left at 12:45 for the 3-1/2 hour drive. It was an uneventful drive with commentary by Soma and time for a nap. We arrived at the ship, checked in right away and had a chance to unpack before our orientation meeting and then dinner afterwards. Three different groups came together for the cruise portion of the trip for a total of 129 people. The ship is very comfortable and although our room is small we were able to.find a place for everything. Tomorrow is a walking tour of Regensburg. The Internet went down and could be spotty from here on out. I am doing this on my phone, thus the ... read more

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Regensburg August 12th 2016

here are the photos for the last post.... read more
Sausage kitchen
17,000-pipe organ

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Regensburg June 25th 2016

Since we left Dillingen we've had another pleasant couple of days cycling beside the Danube. The route changes between following the bank of the river and passing through woods and fields. There are many picturesque villages along the way, and we stayed in one (Marxheim) two nights ago, then, last night, in a larger town (Ingoldstadt) full of 18th century buildings. All week the forecast has predicted sun until Friday, then furious thunderstorms on Saturday. Based on this we decided to take the train from Ingolstadt to Regensburg today. Well, there was a bit of rain overnight but when we woke up the sun was shining! We took the train anyway - having paid for it already - so that would have lots of time to explore the town, which has lots of amazing churches and ... read more

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Regensburg January 11th 2016

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Regensburg July 25th 2015

My time in Regensburg has been nothing less than amazing. Having been here for only five weeks I have had so much and fun and life changing experiences that I must say I need to stay longer. It is true when they say that time fly by when you’re having fun. Although it has been five weeks it still only feels like five days. Arriving here I had no idea what to expect. The language was strange, the people looked at me like I was an alien, and I moved into a small hotel with 8 strangers that were as wide eyed and nervous as me. The first thought I had was thank goodness that I am taking German classes here so that it will not be too much of an Ausländer. I would soon find ... read more

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Regensburg July 22nd 2015

St. Peters cathedral Regensburg Walhalla & castle ruins Donaustauf views etc...... read more

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Regensburg June 27th 2015

Saturday 27 June 2015 Today we say goodbye to our host in Weissbach and leave the Alps. We are heading north to Regensburg, an historic city in Northern Bavaria. Just as we pack the car and get ready to leave the first drops of rain start to fall. It looks like a wet drive north. Our friend Polly is determined to have us racing along the autobahn at some incredible speed through Munich to Regensburg. We notice a highway that takes a more direct route through some interesting countryside but at a much slower pace. So we confuse Polly and plot some rather insignificant places into the GPS so that we stay on B15 all the way. The first part of the trip along the autobahn goes quickly. We notice heavy traffic going the other way ... read more

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