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Regensburg Medieaval metropolis on the banks of the Bavarian Danube

30 April 2021

7 days from £2,450pp

This tour focuses on the riches and often hidden treasures of medieval art and architecture in Regensburg, some of which are only accessible by special appointment. Travelling by coach and by boat we will discover this less well-known, yet culturally rich part of Bavaria.
The origins of Regensburg, situated on the northernmost point of the Bavarian Danube, lie behind the sturdy Roman walls of Castra Regina. Built to intimidate and ward off Germanic tribes these walls did not only defy fierce attacks but also the disintegration of the empire itself. As a mighty fortress it served the Bavarian dukes as residence and first capital of the Duchy of Bavaria. Since the 8th-century Ratisbona was favoured by visits of Frankish kings and emperors as well as by the establishment of an Episcopal see. Its citizens developed into undaunted and enterprising merchants dealing in luxury goods from all over the then known world. Regensburg’s political significance and economic prosperity soon precipitated in major ecclesiastical and secular building projects. An exceptionally large number of these outstanding architectural treasures from a Carolingian ring crypt to a grand Gothic cathedral have survived the ravages of time. Furthermore, the virtually intact mediaeval townscape, listed as UNESCO World Heritage, makes Regensburg so memorable. This tour focuses on the riches and often hidden treasures of medieval art and architecture in Regensburg, some of which are only accessible by special appointment. The region’s other towns may be less well-known but are just as attractive: Straubing and Landshut are mediaeval towns founded by the Bavarian dukes brimming with art and architecture from late-Gothic to Renaissance and Mannerism. The surrounding countryside invites exploration of an unspoilt landscape of cliffs, rivers and forests, which inspired Albrecht Altdorfer and the painters of the Danube School in the early 16th-century to “invent” landscape painting. Travelling by coach and by boat we will discover this less well-known, yet culturally rich part of Bavaria.

Your Accommodation

Hotel Goliath am Dom

★★★★
Overview
A 4-minute walk from Haidplatz (a historic city square), this quirky hotel is 7 minutes' walk from Regensburg Museum of History and 1.1 km from Regensburg railway station. Individually designed, colorful rooms have natural stone en suite bathrooms, plus free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minibars. Upgraded rooms add living areas with pull-out sofas, plus designer toiletries. Room service is offered.
Room Facilities & Amenities
  • Flatscreen cable TV
  • Air conditioning
  • Minibar 
  • Safe
  • Bathrobes