Lunch before Regensburg was spectacular. It was at Munich’s best Indian restaurant (stated on their website, and I do agree), Taj Mahal, which is situated right at the corner of Nymphenburger Straße and Landshuter Allee. I’ve cycled past it umpteen times on my way to the gym but have never checked it out until today, with my Indian cuisine-loving family.
I had a veganised version of usually vegetarian Mango Sabzi — milk was omitted. There was a satisfying sweetness that came from the mango (which oddly tasted slightly like pineapple) in the mango-saffron-cashew sauce and paired with mixed fresh vegetables and perfectly stewed biryani rice, the dish was, simply put, bliss.
Despite having unknowingly used the big serving spoons as ‘eating spoons’ (that led to slight embarrassment when the waiter came by to ask if everything was alright… it sure was), the entire meal was amazing, which was made perfect when we got served chai tea for ‘dessert’. Mum loved it so much she asked for a takeaway of some chai tea, which we ended up getting for free! All of us promised the waiter that we would be back. 🙂
On the way to Regensburg, we spotted two young men in their 20s standing by the road with their hands stretched out in the international sign for hitchhiking. They were even holding up a sign which read: BMW ONLY. We were driving our BMW but didn’t pick them up because 1) Mum wasn’t too comfortable about it; 2) We didn’t have any seats to spare. They were good sports about it and waved us goodbye, grinning widely as they did.
Located at the northernmost point of the Danube river, the Old Town of Regensburg was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2006 as an outstanding testimony to the history of mankind. Since 1945, Regensburg has remained the only large medieval city in Germany to be preserved in its entirety and to function continuously until this very day. Regensburg’s Old Town is an exceptional testimony to cultural traditions during the Holy Roman Empire and an extraordinary example of a medieval centre of trade within Europe, the stages of development of which are still apparent today in its cityscape.
The appropriate protection and conservation of heritage sites form part of the World Heritage guidelines. Already since the 1950s, the protection of historical monuments has been of special importance to the city of Regensburg. Unlike the situation in many other German cities, the medieval buildings survived WWII, but were in poor condition, with many of them on the verge of collapsing.
Instead of constructing new buildings, the city instead decided to restore the historical building structures. The objective was to improve the quality of life in the old town by creating an attractive inner city with the corresponding infrastructure, yet retain its historical character. In this way, Regensburg became a paragon of modern monument conservation.
“Man sagt, es sei in dieser Stadt soviel Kirchen und Capellen wie Tage im Jahr.”
(It is said that this city accommodates as many churches and chapels as there are days in a year.)
Today, Regensburg is an international business location which enjoys this title due to its location — standing at the intercrossing of important routes, which included the rivers Danube, Naab and Regen. Regensburg Harbour is the largest harbour in Bavaria and an important junction between Western and Eastern Europe.
Fun fact: In the past, the traders in Regensburg used both Latin and Arabic numbering systems!
Around 1723, construction of a spectacular cathedral began. In accordance with the self-conception of the international trade metropolis, planning oriented itself around the latest achievements of Gothic architecture. Apart from the cathedral chapter and the bishops, it was also the citizens of Regensburg who contributed financially to its construction, which made swift progress in the first decades. In the course of its construction, however, the city’s economic situation worsened. Work was discontinued in about 1500, leaving the spires of the cathedral incomplete. The cathedral, the most prominent architecture east of the Rhine, was only completed in 1872, 600 years after construction had begun.
I learned of the above facts while perusing the Regensburg Historisches Museum (Regensburg Museum of History). 🙂
Before we walked back to our car, we passed by the (then closed) Schiffahrts-Museum which featured a boat that sank many many years ago and was fixed and restored in Hungary before being returned to Regensburg years after. I, unfortunately, couldn’t learn much about it…
We also visited the emblem of the city, aka. the Stone Bridge (Steinerne Brücke). It is a 12th-century bridge across the Danube, linking the Old Town with Stadtamhof. For more than 800 years, until the 1930s, it was the city’s only bridge across the river. It was built by the Romans — truly a masterwork of medieval construction.
David and Goliath (painted by Georg Hiltl Renovavit) were spotted too!
“Es ist ein Schmuckstück mitten im Stadtzentrum, jeder weiß, wo es ist!”
(It is an ‘ornament/ jewellery piece’ in the middle of the centre of the city, everyone known where it is!”)
Hopfields lined our route home, and since, to us, they were absolutely intriguing — Do they grow upwards or downwards? We know their fruits are green and used to preserve bitter, but how do they really look? — we parked by the side of the road and decided to visit one. Here’s what we discovered:
- Hops are creepy crawly-ish and are basically draped over high strung wires as they grow.
- Their fruits look like this.
Fun fact: The scientific name of the hop plant is Humulus lupulus.
“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” — Albert Einstein
P.s. Isn’t my sister beautiful? ❤