After the Romans left the area during the Barbarian Invasions, the town became a civil settlement.Being granted one of the first seats of a bishopric on German territory in 739, Regensburg grew to strength and prosperity during the Middle Ages.Regensburg is located at the banks of the river Danube, that runs via Vienna (Austria), Belgrade (Serbia) and Budapest (Hungary) to the Black Sea.
For longer distances, Regensburg features a comprehensive public bus network, operated by RVV and RVB.
Buses are frequent (10 min intervals during peak hours) and run until around midnight every day.
Try some "Händlmaier's Senf", the typical sweet mustard that is usually served with white sausages.
If you need to kill some time at the train station, the footpath leading across the railway tracks also connects the train station to a shopping mall (Arcaden)).
The main attraction of Regensburg is its excellently preserved medieval city centre, with Regensburg Cathedral and the Stone Bridge being the highlights.
As one of the few cities in Germany mostly undamaged during World War II, Regensburg boasts the largest preserved medieval city centre in Germany.
It is sometimes called "the northernmost city of Italy" due to the lively places and streets with lovely outdoor cafes during summer, as well as the large number of Italian-style medieval merchant houses and towers.
The historic centre lies next to the river Danube (German: Donau), and crossing the medieval stone bridge into the town provides a perfect entrance to the city and a great view over the whole historic city centre.
Acting as capital of the district of Upper Palatinate and also its biggest settlement, Regensburg today is a thriving city of about 137,000 inhabitants, two universities and many landmarks and little chapels, most dating back to the Middle Ages (e.g. Peter, the Old City Hall and Imperial Diet, and the Stone Bridge).
According to legend there are so many chapels here, that there would always be at least one church bell ringing.
As the city center is reasonably compact, it's best explored by foot.