Die Steinerne Brücke / The Stone Bridge
There is an old song: “Es geht über den Main eine Brücke von Stein” (Over the river Main there is a bridge of stone). – Well, in the case of Regensburg it is the Donau (Danube), and not the Main – only the Danube doesn’t rhyme with “Stein” (stone)! But still, the bridge is at least as impressive as the one over the Main. And there are dangerous swirls in the river! There is a delicious type of cake called “Donauwellen” (Danube Waves), similar to a marble cake (sponge cake), with some yellow and brown “waves” in it, and with cherries inside; it is supposed to look like the swirls in the Danube. Here is the recipe for you (in English).
You can now enjoy the panorama left and right of the bridge. Back into town, there stands the large building of the “Salzstadel”, in which you find the visitor center World Heritage, and in which you can visit the exhibition “Space and Bliss – Treasures of Himalayan Art”, from October 6-29, 2017. Walking over the bridge, you will be in the district “Stadtamhof”, formerly a town of its own. You can stroll around and then go back to the old town of Regensburg.
Tavern “Wurstkuchl” (Little Sausage Kitchen) at the Danube
Right next to the Stone Bridge there is a little house, in which two cooks fry sausages on a charcoal grill, just like in the old times. In the house, there is little space, but you should at least take a look inside. Outside you can sit just as well. You should order at least four sausages – they are pretty small! Note the markings with dates at the house, which show the height of the various floods.
Die Porta Praetoria (Arched Gate)
Regensburg was founded by the Romans – though the name “Regensburg” does not originate from Lat. Regina, but from the river Regen. The word derives from *reginos “the (river) with steep hillsides”. If you are interested in names and naming, go to the website of the Center of Onomastics at the University of Regensburg (in German only: Forschergruppe NAMEN). When marveling the impressive gate, we can get an idea of how enormous the Roman camp must have been in former times.
The Old Town Hall
The Old Town Hall originates from the time when Regensburg was a Free Imperial City. From the 17th – 19th century, the imperial hall was the meeting place of the “Everlasting Perpetual Diet” of the Roman Empire. You should definitely visit the Old Town Hall. Inside you can admire the legendary “Green Table”. This expression is the source of the German phrase: “decide something at the green table”. The green table was a consultation table of officials, at which quite a few decisions were made, which had little in common with reality.
The Red Heart Spot (Der rote Herzfleck)
If you walk from the Town Hall to the left, through an archway, you will arrive at the “Red Heart Spot”, a cosy little place, with a garden and a bench.
Opposite the Town Hall, you can also buy exquisite chocolates at the Prinzess Café.
The Statue of Don Juan de Austria
Don Juan was a famous knight. He was born in Regensburg in 1547. At that time, Emperor Karl (Charles) V. had an illegitimate son with the beautiful daughter of a metal worker, called Barbara Blomberg. This son would become very well-known because of his glorious deeds. As commander of the Spanish fleet and governor of the Habsburg Netherlands, he fought victoriously against the Ottomans in the sea battle of Lepanto in 1571, who were about to conquer the Mediterranean countries.
The statue of Don Juan de Austria stands at the “Zieroldsplatz”. If you walk from the Old Town Hall towards the Stone Bridge, you will pass the “Kohlenmarkt” (Coal Market). Here you have to turn left, and you will immediately face the statue.
If you try the sausages at the tavern “Wurstkuchl”, and if you visit the Old Town Hall as well, you will need about three hours for this short trip.