“One of the most beautiful cities in the world”
Lord Norman Foster, Architect, England
Welcome to Germany’s best-preserved larger medieval city! Regensburg has been a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2006. Founded by the Romans, the city developed into a prospering European commercial centre during the Middle Ages and became a centre of the Holy Roman Empire. You can encounter this history at every turn when walking through the picturesque alleys or magnificent squares of the historic town centre.
The most important sights bear witness to this grandiose history. Dating back to the 12th century, the Steinerne Brücke was the first stone bridge to cross the Danube River along its entire course. At the time the bridge represented a masterpiece of engineering.
Dominating the city skyline, St. Peter Cathedral can be seen from afar. It is the only Gothic cathedral in all of Bavaria. The majestic building with its magnificent stained-glass windows, some of them going back to the 13th and 14th century, still impresses visitors today.
Formerly the centre of civic life in Regensburg, the Alte Rathaus (Old Town Hall) is the most important secular building of the city. The wealthy citizens built it as a dance hall for themselves in the 13th century. Numerous Imperial Diets, later on the Perpetual Diet, brought the emperor and princes to the building. Today, with its tourist information centre, it is among other things an important starting point for visitors in the city.
Larger than Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s residence in London, Thurn & Taxis Castle is located at the southern edge of the historic town centre. Some of the magnificent rooms are open to the public. In other parts of the castle the Thurn and Taxis family lives to this day.
Further information: www.regensburg.de/welterbe