Regensburg’s old town is characterised by many narrow and often winding alleys. We strolled through the streets and discovered some interesting things.
I find the names of some of the streets in the old town particularly interesting. For example, there is a “Happy Turks Street”, the “Red Cocks Lane” or the “Blue Lilies Lane” („Fröhliche Türken Strasse“, die „Roten-Hahnen-Gasse“ oder die „Blaue Lilien Gasse“). Many of the streets were named after inns that used to stand there. Or they were given the name, such as Bachgasse, because there really used to be a stream flowing there, which today only exists underground.
If you not only look into the shops, some of which are really beautiful, you will discover one or two pictures on the walls. Whether it’s something historical, like on the Goliath House. Here, the north side of the façade shows a painting from 1573. The picture, in the last revised version from 1900, by Franz Rinner shows the battle of David against Goliath.
Or modern images like the Coke can angler. One of many street art images in the old town, which are not sprayed by the artist, but applied with a removable film. After a while, the picture disappears and is replaced by a new work.
Window-Shopping in Regensburg
Strolling through Glockengasse, we come across “Bürsten Ernst”. Here you can buy handmade brushes in a traditional business. The business was founded in 1894 by Peter Ernst and has been run as a family business ever since.
Right next door is the Whisky Brothers shop. Here you can buy everything from whisky to port that tastes good. Good thing we didn’t have much time, it would have been very expensive!
In Tändlergasse, I couldn’t resist shopping and went to Einseifer. Here you can buy soaps directly from a soap maker. It really smelled like all the scents of the world in the little shop.
Probably the most famous confectionery in Regensburg can be bought at Café Prinzess on Rathausplatz. Here you can get the famous Reichstagspralienen. The Reichstagspralienen got their name in reference to the Perpetual Diet, which met in Regensburg. The princes took advantage of every opportunity to help themselves to the confectionery tables in the town hall. The café was one of the first coffee houses to exist in Germany. It opened in 1686 after French merchants brought coffee to the city. In the shop window you can see the famous chocolates and treat yourself to something sweet with a cup of coffee.
The Hutkönig is known far beyond Regensburg. The hatter is located directly at the cathedral and sells hats from its own manufactory here. The family business makes hats for men and women that are handmade according to old methods. Many a celebrity has found their hat here.
Eating and drinking in the alleys of Regensburg’s old town
Still in the mood for a beer in the evening? We ended up at the Brauhaus am Schloss during an evening stroll. The weather was pleasant and so we could make ourselves comfortable on the large terrace with a freshly tapped beer. A glance at the menu told us that we could have eaten anything from hearty to vegan here. But we limited ourselves to a St.Emmeram Hell and a Marstall Dunkel and let the evening end quietly.
DiBa Chocolat in Roten-Hahnen-Gasse has the best ice cream in town and in the same street you can have a good meal at Café Lila.
The restaurant “Dicker Mann” is located in Krebsgasse. The house has existed since the Middle Ages and the gastronomic tradition of the Middle Ages is still carried on in this house today. The “Dicke Mann” is the oldest inn in the city.
Dampfnudel Uli is actually one of the “must visits” when you are in Regensburg. We walked past the small restaurant in Regensburg’s old town several times and it was always so crowded that we kept walking. But not without taking a look at the balcony that is above the restaurant. In the German-TV Saturday thriller, which is set in Regensburg, this is the balcony of Inspector Lucas, on which she can be seen in some scenes.
Our recommendation – even though tourists from all over the world meet here – is the Wurstkuchl directly on the banks of the Danube. In addition to local beer, you can get fresh grilled sausages with homemade sauerkraut and mustard. We enjoyed it!
Overnight stay in Regensburg
Our hotel was located directly in the alleys of Regensburg’s old town.
Getting to the Hotel Rosi proved to be a bit tricky due to the many one-way streets. But our navigation device finally brought us to our destination. There are no parking spaces directly in front of the hotel, but you can park in a multi-storey car park in the immediate vicinity at special rates. Just let the hotel reception know and you will receive special voucher cards for the automatic pay station.
We received a very friendly welcome at the hotel and were able to move into our room straight away. The size of the room is sufficient for a visit to the city, but due to the location it was not very quiet in our room. The street and the surrounding restaurants were busy for a long time and even with the windows closed you could hear almost everything.
On the other hand, you have the decisive advantage of being able to explore the old town easily on foot.
The great breakfast the next morning and the good coffee quickly revived my spirits after a rather restless night.
Fröhliche Türken Straße 11
Disclosure: The overnight stay in Regensburg and the visit to the Wurstkuchl were made possible for us free of charge as part of a blogger trip. The report on this is independent and corresponds to our opinion.