Steinerne Brücke in Regensburg is a 12th-century bridge across the Danube linking the Old Town with Stadtamhof. For more than 800 years, until the 1930s, it was the city's only bridge across the river. It is a masterwork of medieval construction and an emblem of the city.

Charlemagne had a wooden bridge built at Regensburg, approximately 100 metres east of the present bridge, but it was inadequate for the traffic and vulnerable to floods, so it was decided to replace it with a stone bridge. The Stone Bridge was built in only eleven years, probably in 1135–46. Louis VII of France and his army used it to cross the Danube on their way to the Second Crusade. It served as a model for other stone bridges built in Europe in the 12th and 13th centuries. For centuries it was the only bridge over the river between Ulm and Vienna, making Regensburg into a major centre of trade and government.

The Stone Bridge is an arch bridge with 16 arches. At the south end, the first arch and first pier were incorporated into the Regensburg Salt Store when it was built in 1616–20, but remain in place under the approach road to the bridge. An archaeological investigation was performed in 2009, and revealed fire damage during the Middle Ages.

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Founded: 1135-1146
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Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)

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Farhana Ismail (8 months ago)
A must-go Regensburg's landmark. Ride a bicycle also recommended. You can rent one at a store near the train station (15euro per day).
Sebastian (9 months ago)
Beautiful view! We had a great day here
Pei Chuan Chang (9 months ago)
It was a Valentine’s Day afternoon with atmospheric sunset and romantic music. Everything was perfect!
Carlos Villalobos (11 months ago)
Beautiful bridge leading into the city. Freakin love it! And, it's roughly 800 years old.
Mauro C. (11 months ago)
A 12th Century bridge on the Danube in a beautiful historical town. What more can I say? Definitely worth walking on it and taking some photographs of it.
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