Regensburg and Nuremberg, Germany

After leaving Melk we travelled next to another small town, Passau, where we took in an organ recital and later that evening sailed to Regensburg in Germany…

Regensburg, Germany

Regensburg was a WWII Area Headquarters of Military District XIII (German: Wehrkreis XIII) commanded by Lieutenant General Bruno Edler von Kiesling auf Kieslingstein. The headquarters was in command of the military forces of Regensburg, Passau, Straubing, Weiden in der Oberpfalz and Amberg. Regensburg also had a Messerschmitt Bf 109 aircraft factory and an oil refinery, and was bombed on August 17, 1943, by the Schweinfurt-Regensburg mission and on February 5, 1945, during the Oil Campaign of World War II. Unlike most other major German cities, Regensburg had little damage from the Strategic bombing during World War II and the nearly intact medieval city center is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The most important cultural loss was the Romanesque church of Obermünster, which was destroyed in a March 1945 air raid and never rebuilt (the belfry survived). Also Regensburg’s slow economic recovery after the war ensured that historic buildings were not torn down to be replaced by newer buildings. When the upswing came to Regensburg in the late 1960s, the mindset had turned in favor of preserving the heritage.

Aside from the WWII stuff, Regensburg has excellent sauerkraut and sausages as you saw in the earlier blog. The other historical footnote is that the present Pope Benedict calls this home, even though in fact he was a professor here and his brother has a house there still. Strangely, the cathedral is being restored at great cost!

The architecture is wonderful, as are the frescoes on some of the buildings –

German Goliath?

After noshing in Revensburg, we set set off during the night for Nuremberg, our last stop on the cruise. While the city was beautiful, as I said before, I was not impressed with the attempts to restore the former Nazi parade grounds and stadium. The market was incredible –

Nuremburg Central Market

MMM...great cookies!

Next stop, historic Koln/Cologne by train…

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~ by reg45 on November 14, 2010.

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