A Perfect Day Spent in Regensburg, Germany

In the early morning, we glided past cobbled lanes, underpasses, and archways out of Passau and towards the Black Forest near the UNESCO world heritage city of Regensburg. We passed small villages with their modestly tiny boardwalks along the river’s edge.

A Perfect Day Spent in Regensburg, Germany

We marveled from our balcony of the Viking River’s Elgin ship at the mystical landscape in the Autumn sun as we were ready to enjoy Bavaria’s famous white sausages, honey mustard, and locally crafted beer.

A Perfect Day Spent in Regensburg, Germany

Upon arrival, my husband and I immediately hit the streets, ready for the day to begin with early morning shopping, photography, and simply spending more time with each other.

A Perfect Day Spent in Regensburg, Germany

A Perfect Day Spent in Regensburg, Germany

We walked through the narrow streets and navigated ourselves towards town before popping into a magical gift shop that was off the beaten path. Somehow it seemed to have everything we wanted. I bought 3 largish locally-crafted rings, a 12 set of switchblade knifes for our future Christmas table dinners made of varying shades of onyx blue stone.

A Perfect Day Spent in Regensburg, Germany

A Perfect Day Spent in Regensburg, Germany

Also, I bought a handmade woven pot holder and a jeweled golden heart with a majestic coat of arms emblem on the front.  He bought two pairs of European readers since he is more into style than I am, a golden Christmas Santa Claus figurine, and a flowing scarf for his Mother’s Christmas present. We spent hours picking out the perfect Bavarian gifts for ourselves and others.

A Perfect Day Spent in Regensburg, Germany

A Perfect Day Spent in Regensburg, Germany

A Perfect Day Spent in Regensburg, Germany

Later in the city, we would pop into my favorite German Mustard store, that I couldn’t wait to find again, buying over 28 “toothpaste-like” tubes of mustard in every flavor. We completely felt welcome in this oldest city on the Danube River, as behind us at the checkout, a local German man purchased us HIS favorite mustard as a gift. We felt comfortable in this town by his serendipitous gift that we received and later we gave away many tubes of that delicious mustard to fellow passengers on the Viking ship. When we eventually got home, it was the first thing we wanted to have, grilled sausages and that German mustard!

A Perfect Day Spent in Regensburg, Germany

A Perfect Day Spent in Regensburg, Germany

For lunch, we peeked into the recommended Altstadt Regensburg mit Stadtamholf, Restaurant and had those Bavarian white sausages we heard so much about, as well as, potato soup, and he had a Pilsner Beer, and me a European Sweeps Bitter Lemon, (no ice) with an additional slice of lemon. We chatted the hour away, enjoying our time alone together and having found a mutual love of this ancient city with its rich history.

A Perfect Day Spent in Regensburg, Germany

A Perfect Day Spent in Regensburg, Germany

Almost three hours later, we met up with friends for our microbrewery tour of Bavaria, where the guide led us among the gothic architecture cathedral and various alleyways to some of the finest brews in all the land.  We crossed the 16 arched Old Stone Bridge, constructed in the 12th century near the Sausage House, that has been there since 1298!

A Perfect Day Spent in Regensburg, Germany

The bridge is considered a medieval masterpiece and an example of engineering during that time. On the opposite side of the bridge, the Fall colors came alive, like something I have never experienced before in my life.  I could barely catch up with the group, as I had to stop every few seconds just to take a photograph. Its no wonder this city is a UNESCO world heritage city, as well as the best preserved medieval city in Europe. It was lucky enough to have escaped major damage during World War II and I have been lucky enough to visit it twice now with Viking River Cruises! Once for the Christmas markets in December and once again now, in the perfect shoulder season of October.

A Perfect Day Spent in Regensburg, Germany

Here is a toast to my rock star husband, whom I drag all over the world and who lets me drag myself all over the world in order to quench my everlasting desire to see what is out there.

Disclosure: As is common in the travel industry, I was provided with accommodations, meals and other compensation for the purposes of review by Viking River Cruises. While it has not influenced my review, PointsandTravel.com believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest. All Photos by the author.

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2 Comments

  1. Karol December 4, 2017 at 9:37 am - Reply

    Wow, I had no idea that in Germany it could be so beautiful and climatic 🙂

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