Regensburg Old Town

Regensburg, Germany

Located on the Danube River, the Old Town of Regensburg is an exceptional example of a central-European medieval trading centre, which illustrates an interchange of cultural and architectural influences. The property encompasses the city centre on the south side of the river, two long islands in the Danube, the so-called Wöhrde (from the old German word waird, meaning island or peninsula), and the area of the former charity hospital St Katharina in Stadtamhof, a district incorporated into the city of Regensburg only in 1924. A navigable canal, part of the European waterway of the Rhine-Main-Danube canal, forms the northern boundary of Stadtamhof.

A notable number of buildings of outstanding quality testify to its political, religious, and economic significance from the 9th century. The historic fabric reflects some two millennia of structural continuity and includes ancient Roman, Romanesque, and Gothic buildings. Regensburg's 11th to 13th century architecture still defines the character of the town marked by tall buildings, dark and narrow lanes, and strong fortifications. The buildings include medieval Patrician houses and towers, a large number of churches and monastic ensembles as well as the 12th century Stone Bridge.

The town is also remarkable as a meeting place of Imperial Assemblies and as the seat of the Perpetual Imperial Diet general assemblies until the 19th century. Numerous buildings testify to its history as one of the centres of the Holy Roman Empire, like the Patrician towers, large Romanesque and Gothic church buildings and monasteries – St Emmeram, Alte Kapelle, Niedermünster and St Jakob - as well as the cathedral St Peter and the late Gothic town hall.

The medieval centre of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a testimony of the city's status as cultural centre of southern Germany in the middle ages. Regensburg is among the top sights and travel attractions in Germany.

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Founded: 11th century
Category: Historic city squares, old towns and villages in Germany
Historical period: Salian Dynasty (Germany)

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M x (14 months ago)
Very friendly waiters and beautiful outdoor places. You can enjoy your meal while looking to the beautiful old town hall
Tiffany Qiu (14 months ago)
It's a nice building in the old town with restaurants and cafés around
Brendan Burke (16 months ago)
Beautiful old German architecture. In the heart of the old town. Plenty of good picture opportunities with load of coffee shops and eateries close by.
Debbie Cole (16 months ago)
Charming walk from where the river boats are docked to this old Town Hall. On the must do tourist list of sites to see.
Renadeim (16 months ago)
Definitely one spot you need to visit on vacation in Regensburg!!!
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