Renting a motorhome in Regensburg
This town in Bavaria is an almost perfectly preserved medieval trading centre. It has over 1500 listed buildings and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But Regensburg is no stuffy, frozen-in-time tourism town - it is very much alive with the highest concentration of bars in Germany and famous Christmas markets. If you are exploring Germany with a rental campervan, you must add the cobbled streets of Regensburg to your itinerary.
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Where to next: A road trip from Regensburg
The nearest airport to Regensburg is at Nuremberg, about an hour’s drive, and the second largest city in Bavaria. Regensburg is at the northern-most point of the Danube River and is 170 kilometres by road to Munich.
Stuttgart and Frankfurt are nice excursion from the city.
Where to stay in Regensburg
Azur Camping is right on the banks of the Danube, and just two kilometres from the city centre, which you can reach via a riverside cycle path. It is next door to a Spa and Baths complex, with wave, thermal and mineral pools.
Food and Drink in Regensburg
If you are visiting around Christmas for the markets, you will find plenty of mulled wine, Nuremberg sausages and gingerbread on offer. Along the Danube, there are beer gardens for traditional German brews. The world’s oldest sausage kitchen is in Regensburg, where you can feast on little pork sausages, accompanied by sauerkraut, locally made sweet mustard and a caraway seed bread roll.
What to See and Do in Regensburg
Regensburg is almost an overkill of riches when it comes to historic structures, but the absolute stars of the town are the Stone Bridge and Domplatz, or Cathedral Square. The stone bridge is a 310m structure that spans the Danube and is a colossal feat of medieval engineering. The Bridge Tower Museum has exhibits and documents on display relating the construction of the bridge, in the last remaining of its three original Clock Towers. The Tower is relatively modern, build in the 17th century, and you can climb to the top for amazing views.
The 13th century Cathedral of St Peter is the finest Gothic church in Bavaria. It has two skyscraping 105-metre spires, and exquisite 14th century stained glass. It is famous for its boys’ choir, so time any visit to hear them sing. In the cathedral treasury, you can see gold and textiles from the 11th to the 20th centuries.
Christmas markets are a long-held tradition throughout Germany, and Regensburg has not one, but four famous venues for festive wares to be displayed and sold. The markets run for around a month, from late November to December 23. The traditional market in the old town has been voted the loveliest in Germany. Just around the corner is the Lucreziamarkt, with stalls from artists and crafters. In the courtyard of the Thurn and Taxis Palace is the Romantic Christmas Market, which is accompanied by cultural events. The Advent Market is over the Danube in the Spitalgarten. A great way to sample the atmosphere is to take a boat ride along the Danube.
Staying Safe: Driving Tips in Germany
It is only the Autobahn that has no speed limit in Germany, so around town stay under 50km per hour. On the Autobahn, authorities suggest an upper limit of 130km, but drivers of high- performance vehicles will travel much faster. Take care when about to overtake, as cars will appear behind you very suddenly.