Viking River Cruise-Apr./May 2013 (13)

Friday, May 03, 2013

The Idun docked at Regensberg, Germany this morning at around 8.30. The skies were grey, we’d had some rain the previous evening and the temperature had dropped considerably from our lovely day yesterday in Passau. However, conditions were ideal for getting around on foot. After breakfast Don and Lynore joined the scheduled walking tour of this beautiful city, but Cynthia and I decided that we’d go exploring on our own a  little later in the day.

I did a little reading about the city and discovered that like many other cities in the region, it had been founded by the Celts who called it Ratisbon. Later, the Romans renamed it Ratisbona. the city is at the confluence of the Regen river and the Danube and is part of Bavaria. In fact Regensberg is the capital of the Bavarian administrative region. The old medieval centre of the city has been declared a Unesco World heritage Site.  I also found out that Oskar Schindler lived in Regensburg for years, and now one of his houses bears a plaque to his achievements commemorated in the Spielberg epic Schindler’s List.

About 10.45 am Cynthia and I set off gently along the quayside where the Idun was moored. We wandered along to the ancient sausage and sauerkraut restaurant, (Alt Wurstkuche) where you can buy those delicacies for about 2 euro.

The Wurstkuche, The Ancient Sausage Kitchen, Regensberg.

The Wurstkuche, The Ancient Sausage Kitchen, Regensberg.

Just along from the restaurant is the old stone bridge (Steinerne Brucke) which was built between 1135 and 1146 and for more than 800 years was the only solid crossing along the Danube.

The Stone Bridge, Regensberg.

The Stone Bridge, Regensberg.

We turned away from the river and climbed slowly and gently up to the cathedral square through narrow streets. The twin spires of the massive St. Peter’s cathedral towered above us.

Twin Spires Of St Peter's Cathedral Overlook The Square

Twin Spires Of St Peter’s Cathedral Overlook The Square

We entered and immediately the sounds of the outside were left behind. Inside, the only sound was the shuffling of feet on the stone floors and the whispering of the visitors. You could almost feel the prayers of the ages hanging from the walls. It was an amazing structure. We sat and allowed ourselves some peace and quiet, then offered some prayers for those we love and left.

Interior Of This Massive Cathedral

Interior Of This Massive Cathedral

As we gradually made our way back to the ship, we came across Don and Lynore, who were also going our way. The four of us, along with two Aussie ladies from another ship anchored her, chatted as we walked the riverbank back to the ships. It’s just so easy to make friends on these riverboats.

Other Craft Moored At Regensberg.

Other Craft Moored At Regensberg.

We also passed excavations of Roman ruins. The site had been planned for a new hotel, but I guess the owners of the hotel must now be looking elsewhere.

Excavation Site Of Roman Ruins Near The River

Excavation Site Of Roman Ruins Near The River

Lunch for the four of us followed, with Amy and Steven from California as our table-mates. We headed for the cabins afterwards. Cynthia and I had a nap…tough eh….and then spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing on the deck of the ship, watchingthe river traffic and the pedestrians make their way along the river.

The ship left Regensberg around  5.00, heading for Nuremberg. It had been a great visit to this lovely place. Goodbye for now and God bless.

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10 comments on “Viking River Cruise-Apr./May 2013 (13)

  1. Looks beautiful Dad. I trust you two are having a wonderful time. All of us are fine and enjoying some beautiful weather of our own. 25 degrees today! Love to you both Tim.

    • Hi Tim,
      Thanks for the note…much appreciated.
      Glad to know the weather is great with you. Cloudy start to the day here but ended up as being a partly cloudy 19C…perfect for tourism.
      Arrived at Nuremberg today. Beautiful city with fab castle. Our tour lasted 4 hours the last hour free time to wander the market in the central square.
      Back on ship now.
      Love to all. Tried to Skype you at about 08.45 your time.

  2. Hi Martin! So wonderful to read what we are doing!!!! Aren’t we enjoying all this trip has to offer? So glad that you are our official scribe – you do such a great job – many thanks! Love Lynore

    • Hi Lynore,
      I hope you two slept well last night.
      Looking forward to breakfasting with you this a.m.
      Thanks for your encouragement, for taking the time to comment.
      Hope my trip is the same as yours…loving it.

  3. Hey mate, building up a fan club on the boat! Your fame is spreading. I’m enjoying the unbelievable architecture on this trip, which your photos bring to life. Might be a job for you at the Gazette if you ever moved back to Aber! Don’t think you will somehow. As you glide through Europe in style, I’m doing more mundane things like taking Fiona shopping for Mother’s Day, and being the bodyguard as I drop her off to work the night shift at Kularoo. Thanks yet again for your efforts……love to Cynth……………..Regards Ralph

  4. Fantastic pictures! I’m glad to see you enjoyed your visit to Regensburg. I’m an American living in Regensburg for a few years, and it’s always fascinating to me to see other people’s impressions of my adopted hometown.

    Regarding the Roman ruins at the construction site- that happens here incredibly often. Whenever they find ruins, construction grinds to a halt until the historical people can assess whatever’s been unearthed. There’s a parking garage not far from the cathedral that has a long section of Roman fortress wall embedded inside, and protected, with the parking garage built up around it. There’s an entire section of Roman fortress wall fifty paces from one of the McDonald’s in town- Roman ruins are just a fact of life here.

    • Hi Steven,
      Thanks for the comment on the post. It’s good to know that it may have interested you. We, along with another couple of friends from Canada, were on a river cruise. I would have liked to have spent more time in each place, but of course, that’s not possible. However, my wife and I decided that we liked the travel along the river so much, we think we may tour that area by car some time in the future.
      Thanks for taking the time to write and best wishes to you.

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