Regensburg Cruise Port

Port of Regensburg: An Overview

The largest medieval city in Germany and a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2006, Regensburg was founded in 179 A.D. by the Romans. It eventually became the second-richest city in the Holy Roman Empire, prized for its trade of "White Gold," otherwise known as salt. It was even once the capital of Germany until it was moved to Munich.

Fortunately, most of the city was spared destruction during World War II. With Romanesque and Gothic structures, courtyards, squares and a stone bridge, the city of roughly 150,000 residents makes you feel as if you're stepping straight into a storybook setting.

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Your ship will dock right at the city's edge, just minutes from the Stone Bridge, which was completed in 1146 and is arguably one of Regensburg's most famous attractions. Another important site is St. Peter, a Gothic cathedral built between 1274 and 1520. If you're a BMW fan, you might also know Regensburg as home to the production facility for several of its models. Ask if your ship offers excursions to BMW's factory.

Most of your time, though, could easily be spent wandering the narrow lanes that are lined by merchants' and craftsmen's houses. There, you'll find spices, pralines, handicrafts and jewelry. You should also visit one of the many beer gardens in the city, many of which feature hidden patios in the back. Enjoy a cold brew, perhaps accompanied by a Regensburg sausage.

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  • Regensburg: Viking Tor
    We did the Weltenburg Abbey and narrows tour. The boat ride to the Abbey was pretty but because it was WhitSunday the church was closed for services and the brewery also was closed. We went to the Abbey and watched a 15 minute video and that was it. ... Read more
  • Regensburg: Viking Gullveig
    This was probably our favorite city. We loved the medieval atmosphere, and the guide was a very gifted story-teller. We loved it! ... Read more
  • Regensburg: Viking Gefjon
    Deborah Rhoads
    Our guide gave us great history and also gave excellent directions and tips for getting around on our own. ... Read more
  • Regensburg: River Duchess
    I did a hike across the river and enjoyed the afternoon. The tour of the BMW factory was incredible!!!! Recommend anyone to take this excursion if you are interested in how cars are assembled. This was wonderful. The we all had dinner at a local ... Read more
  • Regensburg: AmaCerto
    Loved the old bridge and figuring out how they built it so long ago. Thankful it survived WWII. Loved eating in the old canteen that served the bridge workers that is still open. ... Read more
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