Today I am sharing the final two days of our Danube River Cruise. We spent them in the medieval city of Regensburg, Germany, and the Bavarian town of Nuremburg. The central square in Nuremburg is home of Germany’s most famous Christmas Market! Scroll down for photos of these beautiful towns, and for some of my favorite foods we found in Germany!! :)
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First we cruised into Regensburg (pronounced like “Reagan’s Burg”). Regensburg is one of Germany’s largest and best preserved medieval cities.
These unique measurements on the door to Old Town Hall indicated the average height, shoe size, and arm length of a resident of Regensburg.
The first settlements in Regensburg date all the way back to the Stone Age!! The stones pictured here are from the original construction of the Porta Pretoria, a gateway to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. They still stand after almost 2,000 years!
Regensburg was filled with hidden, colorful alleys and fun shops.
There were quiet courtyards for reading.
And gorgeous window boxes everywhere!!
This is the stained glass inside the Dom St. Peter.
That afternoon we were window shopping down the narrow, cobblestone streets and came across a bustling bakery. It smelled so good we had to go in. We picked out a popular German pastry called a “Streuseltaler”. It’s a sweet yeasted cake loaded with streusel and drizzled with sweet vanilla glaze. It was amazing!! Definitely one of my favorite things we had on the whole trip!
For lunch we went to the the historic Wurstkuchl, a 500 year old kitchen with a charcoal grill selling homemade sausages topped with sauerkraut and their famous sweet Wurstkuchl mustard.
The Bratwurst roll was SO good!! Another one of my favorite things we had on the trip.
The next day we arrived in Nuremburg, Germany.
We had the afternoon to explore this historic Bavarian town.
I loved walking up and down the Weißgerbergasse in Old Town Nuremberg.
Photo via Stephanie
It’s one of the few streets that survived the heavy air raids on Nuremburg during WWII, making the Weißgerbergasse one of the best preserved streets in all of Nuremburg.
Photo via Stephanie
With 22 half-timbered artisan townhouses along this cobblestone street, the Weißgerbergasse is home to the largest collection of historic homes in Nuremberg.
The Weißgerbergasse is also known as Tanner’s Lane. In the Middle Ages, this street was filled with skilled leather makers and tradesmen. The historic homes here testify to the affluence that could be attributed to the art of leather making. Today the Weißgerbergasse is populated with quiet cafés and boutiques.
I’m in love!
In the center of Nuremburg, on the bank of the river is the Hospital of the Holy Spirit. It was founded in 1332, and was one of the largest hospitals of the Middle Ages. Lepers were kept here away from the other patients.
Just down the street is the year-round Hauptmarkt, Nuremburg’s famous market for gingerbread, and home of Germany’s most famous Christmas market.
In the center of the market is the Frauenkirche (“Church of Our Lady”) built between 1352 and 1362. Numerous works of art from the Middle Ages are kept inside this church.
The star attraction of the market is the Gothic “Schöner Brunnen“, which literally translates to The Beautiful Fountain.
Nuremburg was such a beautiful, historic town. I loved every second we spent here.
Thank you so much for following along on our Danube River Cruise! After the cruise we went to Munich for Oktoberfest!! Stay tuned for our adventures in Munich. :)
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