Regensburg (Regensburg) is one of the cities that suffered virtually nothing during World War II. Therefore, the atmosphere of the old town is very similar to that of the medieval period (obviously not 100%). I admit that this is not my favorite architectural style. I definitely prefer slightly newer styles like Renaissance or more modern Art Nouveau.
Stone Bridge in Regensburg (German: Steinerne Brücke)
This is one of the most famous sights in the Old Town of Regensburg. The bridge was built in the Middle Ages and since July 13, 2006 it is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. I admit that the view from the bridge is really nice. Although the bridge itself did not impress me electrifyingly. Perhaps I was expecting something else. Although the truth is that the Middle Ages is not my favorite era in architecture.
From what I found, the bridge was built for about 11 years (probably 1135-1146) and was modeled on the Roman bridge of Trajan.
At the time when the Duchy of Bavaria existed, the northern part of the bridge was the border between it and the Free City of Regensburg.
On the bridge there is the so-called Bruckmandl, it is a figure of a young man sitting on a high column and looking towards the Old Town. This figure is located approximately in the middle of the bridge. Its task was to symbolize that the city was independent of the authority of the bishop.
Brückturm-Museum and Bridge Gate
The stone bridge ends on the southern side with a bridge tower (Brückturm) it is part of the remnants of the medieval fortifications of Regensburg. Originally, there were 3 towers, but only one has survived. Next to the tower, on the left, there is a museum and on the right, there is a bridge gate leading to this part of the city.
Porta Praetoria and Roman traces in the city
In Roman times, the Danube River was the natural border of the Roman Empire. Therefore, in the area of present-day Regensburg, it is possible to find the remains of the presence of the Romans. Near the river on Unter den Schwibbögen street, you can see, for example, the remains of the Porta Praetoria gate leading to the Castra Regina fort. This name comes from the tributary of the Danube River Regen. The name of the cities also comes from its name – Regensburg.
Palace of the Thurn und Taxis family
One of the most interesting places in Regensburg is the estate / Palace of the Thurn und Taxis family. This place is open to tourists only when there are no owners in a given coin. The building is built in the Neo-Renaissance style and is quite impressive.
From the outside, it is also practically invisible that it was built on the basis of a former monastery building reduced in the 19th century. Thus, when visiting the interior of this palace, we can find corridors or rooms that largely resemble those typical of a monastery. Almost as if we went back in time.