Today we visit Regensberg. Regensberg is one of Germany’s best preserved cities. This town has its roots as a Roman town dating back 2000 years. Apparently some of the Roman city walls were erected by Marcus Aurelius upon its founding. Marcus Aurelius gets a big mention in the film Gladiator. All through the town there are indications of Roman arches.
Once again this town has a Dome in the form of Gothic St Peter’s Cathedral. This Cathedral took 800 years to build up to the 19 century. To get to the old part of the town we cross over a 16 arch bridge that is a marvel of medieval engineering built in the 12 century.
There is a festival on in town and so lots of people are dressed in traditional Bavarian costumes. The women are quite fetching in their dirndls and the men very handsome in their lederhosen, it really provides character and brightens up the place. Along with the shops there are stalls with all types of goods and produce. We see the famous Alte Wurstkuche (Old Sausage Kitchen) which is Germany’s oldest restaurant, but we are more interested in getting an ice cream. Besides the folk in traditional dress there are actors that out of the blue do a street performance of some historic event. The atmosphere is electric. We have a great time.
All too soon we must get back to the boat. Our boat is behind schedule because of problems with the locks so our free time is limited. Back on the boat we are able to relax and still enjoy the scenery. Amazingly we see a Parthenon replica called Walhalla on a hillside overlooking the river which honours illustrious Germans. I’ll check out the criteria for entry when we get the Internet again.
It is important for us that the boat is on time by tomorrow otherwise it could jeopardise our private tour organised to Cesky Krumlov. Here’s hoping that all goes well for tomorrow.
Today we are visiting Nuremberg. Although nearly destroyed during the war the remaining 13th century medieval walls stretch 5 kilometres and feature original gateways and 80 watchtowers. During the tour one of our group members mistakenly lingers with another tour group. I go back to escort her back to our group and we both lose our group when they sidetrack. Luckily Judy comes to the rescue and is able to guide us back to our group. We make it back to the square with a minute to spare before a daily church glockenspiel starts. After our organised tour we have about 5 hours free time to wander the city. We have the local fare for a lovely lunch and then begin window shoping in earnest. Nuremburg is the second largest city in Bavaria and so there are lots of different types of shops around. We end up spending way too much money.
So I’ll finish off by saying: Having a great time please send more money.
Today we visit Bamberg. Our guide assures us that this is much nicer city than Rothenburg, but he lives here so we’re going to have to find out for ourselves. We find out that Bamberg’s claim to fame is that they have a smoked beer. This was referred to as liquid bacon by the American servicemen when they were here. In Bamberg we have the bicycle lanes back again and as a fifth of the population are young uni students who know no fear, we keep out of the bike lanes. Our guide himself is a uni student and tells us that one theory of how the “dark ages” was named so is because nobody washed, but really it is because there were too many knights (nights – get it). Our guide promises that the jokes will get worse and believe or not they do. This guy will really make a great dad.
We have a drama where Judy has lost a filling and we need to see a dentist. The boat organises for us to see a dentist at Bamberg. Luckily the tooth is just chipped and the dentist is able to fix it.
After the dentist we go to a plaza, sit down at a cafe and order a smoked beer and pretzels. Our restaurantuer says that he does not have any pretzels, but he’ll see what he can do. When he serves us our beers, it is with pretzels. He has gone off and bought us pretzels from another shop??? Amazingly even Judy has a beer??? When we sample the beer we are not sure about the liquid bacon part but the beer is quite nice.
It is a toss up about which town is better but the smoky beer definitely drags Bamberg over the line.