Viking River Cruise, Day 9: Regensburg, Germany (Facebook collage)
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This was one of the rare days on this adventure when we had an all-morning scenic cruise and needed it, just like the doctor ordered!
Everyone else needed it, too.
Can you tell?!?!
We even did the scenic part, enjoying the sights as we passed by.
And when we finally docked in Regensburg after lunch, we were ready.
It had been a choppy Danube that morning, splashing our cabin windows.
A good day for a bath!
Did I mention that this was Sunday? PALM SUNDAY, to be exact. In fact, by the time you finish this post, I guarentee you will be so churched-out, you may never want to see another one till...Day 10. HA!
The planned excursion for the day was a walking tour of one of Germany's best-preserved medieval cities, Regensburg. However, after hearing about some other goodies at our briefing the previous evening, we opted to go out on our own to do our own thing.
We walked straightaway to St. Emmeram's Basilica, now known as Schloss Thurn and Taxis.
It's a Benedictine monastery founded c. 739. My kind of O.L.D.
Don't get me started on how over-the-top opulent it was!
Almost every square inch was covered in gold or art.
To be honest, I'm still shaking my head about it all. I don't know how to process it.
And to show you how it affected us both....
...we immediately walked towards city center and found a place to just relax for awhile.
Of course, it was freezing cold and we needed a potty break...before tackling the rest of the churches!
Since St.Peter's Cathedral is Regensburg's biggest church, we went there first, on the market square.
Mention of the church goes all the way back to the 700's. O.L.D.
And the spires are 350 ft. high, visible from all over the city.
Most of the stained-glass windows were installed in the 14th century and still survive today.
Not the same feel as St. Emmeram. But still O.L.D.
Coming out of St. Peter's, we turned the corner there on the Domplatz to see this.
The St. Ulrich Church is getting a facelift. And how's that for a zodiac clock!
On the other side of St. Peter's, we walked into St. Johann's collegiate church, founded in 1127.
And then the Neupfarrkirche Evangelical Lutheran Church, from 1540,
built on the site of the former Jewish quarter.
See how plain it looks!
See how plain it looks!
The Alte Kapelle, from 875, wasn't "open" but we could go inside and peek through the "gates."
A wee church, full of character...and...more opulence!
Last but not least, we entered the Niedermunster Abbey, from 788.
This was probably my favorite of the 6 churches we entered that day.
I fell in love with the organ and the ceiling!
And as we left, ladies were preparing Easter goodies to sell out in the foyer.
See what I mean about being churched-out...on Palm Sunday?!
So, ladies and gentlemen...this is Regensburg.
Impressions. Impressions. Impressions.
We understand, of course, how and why Viking picks and chooses these UNESCO World sites.
How can you not love a city like this!
It was time to go back to the boat for supper after a full afternoon...but not before we walked across Germany's oldest bridge from 1135, the Steinerne Brucke (Stone Bridge):
The knights of the 2nd and 3rd Crusades used it to cross the Danube on their way to the Holy Land!
From the bridge you see the shoreline of the Danube...
...and then look back to the iconic buildings of the city center.
Just when we think it couldn't possibly get better, it does. What a day!
You'll hear that more than once, you know.