Regensburg Hauptbahnhof (Regensburg Main Station) is connected to the ICE-track Vienna-Hamburg and is accessible easily from all over Germany. It is situated at the southern limit of the historic city center. Do a 10 minutes walk or take the bus no. 1 and exit at "Dachauplatz".
From eastern or western direction take the highway A3, from southern or northern direction the A93. Follow the signposts to the city center ("Innenstadt"). The parking garages "Dachauplatz", "Donaumarkt", "Castra-Regina-Center" and "St.-Georgen-Platz" are nearby.
Between late November and Christmas
Recently, the Regensburg "Christkindlmarkt" was chosen one of the most beautiful christmas markets in the entire german speaking area by an independent jury.
Around the 500 years old "Neupfarrkirche" the entire squere is illuminated in christmassy brightness, up to the pediments of the old patrician buildings. All kinds of craftwork can be purchased here: hand-carved crib-figurines, glittering christmas-tree decoration or toys. There's a historic merry-go-round for the children, with wooden horses and beautifully decorated princess-coaches - the kids will have starry eyes for sure! During the day you will probably listen to the clear vocals of the world-famous "Regensburger Domsingspatzen" or the christmassy tunes of a trombone choir. Each Wednesday, Santa Clause will appear - with his knapsack full of candies for the kids.
All over the entire Neupfarrplatz around the Neupfarrkirche and in front of the neo-classical pillars of the "Alte Wache" (Old guard) there are delicious smells of Bratwurst, roasted almonds, hot spiced wine, gingerbread or spices. Particularly the local specialities "Original Regensburger Bratwürste" and "Regensburger vom Grill" (the latter are served with sweet mustard, horseradish and cukes) are the culinary highlights. Additionally, regional specialities, such as hot spiced wine made of huckleberries from the Bavarian Fores or hot spiced wine made of apples from traditional orchards in the Oberpfalz region.
Passing little alleys, one arrives at the Haidmarkt. Here especially handmade products are offered, and furthermore the visitors have the opportunity to have a look over the shoulders of different craftspeople. What's more, on the Haidplatz stage there is a huge Advent calendar, and each day a new door is opened. On a regular base one can listen to music or theater performances.
An exceptional highlight is the "Romantischer Weihnachtsmarkt mit traditionellem Handwerkstreiben" (Romantic christmas market with traditional craftworking) in the Thurn und Taxis castle in Regensburg. This one counts to the most beautiful christmas markets of the world and even the Regensburg citizens enjoy it year by year. The St. Emmeran Castle - which is larger than Buckingham Palace in London - offers the perfect scenery with its spacious parks and its impressing architecture. The visitors let relocate themselves year by year into another era - the era of diligences, court ladies and noblemen. Traditional craftspeople, such as wood turner, blacksmith or hat maker are manufacturing their handmade products and uniques and offer them for purchase.
Here the entrance fee is 6,00 Euro (Saturday and Sunday: 7,00 Euro) for Adults; children up to 6 years old are free, childdren between 6 and 16 years as well as disabled people pay 2,00 Euro. Status: 2013. These entrance fees apply for the "Thurn und Taxis market" only, the "normal" christmas market is free.
Escape Address: Neupfarrplatz, 93047 Regensburg, Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany
The Regensburg Cathedral belongs to the bishopric Regensburg. It's the magnum opus of the gothic architecture in southern Germany. The first episcopal church did exist already around 700 AD. The construction of today's cathedral started in 1270 AD - but it wasn't finished until 1870!
A segway tour through the world cultural heritage: starting directly in front of the cathedral and explore the city without an exhausting foot march. A professional guide leads you to the most famous objects of interest of the former "capital of trade".
Attend a concert of the "Regensburger Domspatzen". This is the cathedral chorus consisting of boys and young men with more then thousand years of tradition. The Regensburger Domspatzen are known well way beyond the Regensburg borders as well as the borders of Germany.