Old Town of Regensburg and Stadtamhof
Regensburg, the town of emperors and kings, offers impressive perspectives of around 2,000 years of history. The centre has over 1,500 listed buildings; of these, 984 form the ‘Old Town with Stadtamhof’ ensemble, which became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2006.
The only example of French Gothic cathedral architecture east of the Rhine, Regensburg Cathedral has a wealth of medieval stained glass that is unparalleled in Germany. However, it is just one of many architectural monuments that make Regensburg in Bavaria the best-preserved medieval city in Germany. Other fascinating places to visit include the Cathedral Treasury Museum, Krauterermarkt square with the Collegiate Church of St. John, the former Cathedral deanery, the squares Dachauplatz, Neupfarrplatz, Alter Kornmarkt, Kohlenmarkt, Rathausplatz and Haidplatz, Porta Praetoria and the patrician towers.
Then there is the Stone Bridge, which connects the old town to the Amhof district on the other side of the Danube. This was regarded as the eighth wonder of the world on its completion in 1146 and is Germany’s oldest arched stone bridge with some sections still in their original state.
For a fantastic insight into the buildings and history of the city, go to the interactive exhibition at the World Heritage Visitor Centre in the former salt storehouse (Salzstadel) at the Stone Bridge, which vividly tells the story of Regensburg’s journey from a free imperial city to UNESCO World Heritage site.
Events such as the Festival of Early Music in June, which features atmospheric concerts in historical venues, and the Thurn & Taxis Palace Theatre Festival in July are excellent opportunities to soak up the flair and ambience of the city. And the fact that Regensburg has the highest concentration of bars in Germany will ensure your enthusiasm is not dampened in any way!
Old town ensemble with Stadtamhof
UNESCO World Heritage since 2006
From the selection criteria
The Old Town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof is an exceptional example of a central-European medieval trading centre, which illustrates an interchange of
cultural and architectural influences.
The historic fabric reflects some two millennia of structural continuity and includes ancient Roman, Romanesque, and Gothic buildings.