Emerald Waterways Danube Delights Day Two – Regensburg, Germany

Emerald Waterways Danube Delights Day Two

Our first morning on board was spent cruising the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal towards Regensburg. The scenery was peaceful, green, and lush and we passed another river cruise ship waiting to get into the lock we had just passed through.

We enjoyed a special Bavarian lunch onboard as we continued cruising. The lunch included sauerkraut, Weisswurst (white) sausages, sweet mustard, and different types of bread. Tasty stuff.

Regensburg

We exited the canal near Kelheim, Germany and docked in Regensburg around 2:00 pm. Regensburg is a city of about 140,000 people and the medieval city centre has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Romans built a fort there about AD 90, the remains of which can still be seen today.

Emerald Waterways Danube Delights Day Two - Regensburg, Germany

A tower of the Porta Praetoria Roman fort.

Emerald Waterways Danube Delights Day Two - Regensburg, Germany

A remnant of the Gate into the Roman Fort

We learned that in the Middle Ages, wealthy families would compete to build the highest tower on their homes. The upper levels were unusable empty shells.

Emerald Waterways Danube Delights Day Two - Regensburg, Germany

Tall towers on your home meant you were rich

The Regensburg Cathedral is a beautiful example of Gothic architecture. Building started in 739 and finished around 1520.

Emerald Waterways Danube Delights Day Two - Regensburg, Germany

Regensburg Cathedral

On the waterfront near the 800 year old stone bridge (under renovations while we were there) is the Historische Wurstküche (Historic Sausage Kitchen). Perhaps the oldest continuously open restaurant in the world, it has been serving up sausages for almost 900 years. Mike had one; he liked it.

Emerald Waterways Danube Delights Day Two - Regensburg, Germany

Historische Wurstküche

Wandering on our own after the walking tour we discovered some interesting art.

Emerald Waterways Danube Delights Day Two - Regensburg, Germany

Eggheads

Back to the Ship

Back on the ship before dinner, we had some Bavarian musicians play for us in the Horizon Lounge. I threatened to buy Mike a pair of lederhosen and I think he worried I might follow through on that.

The Captain’s Gala Reception followed the musicians with bubbly for everyone and the Captain’s Gala Dinner was immediately after in the Reflections Restaurant. I had the halibut with potato and horseradish crust while Mike opted for the veal in crepe coat with mushroom stuffing.

Emerald Waterways Danube Delights Day Two - Regensburg, Germany

Halibut with potato and horseradish crust

Emerald Waterways Danube Delights Day Two - Regensburg, Germany

Veal in crepe coat with mushroom stuffing

The kitchen staff put out great food every day.

That evening gave us the most spectacular sunset of the trip as we left Regensburg.

Emerald Waterways Danube Delights Day Two - Regensburg, Germany

Amazing sunset

The next day we were going to dock in Passau, Germany at about 8:00 am and then off to Linz, Austria in the late afternoon. Stay tuned!

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Emerald Waterways Danube Delights Day Two - Regensburg, Germany

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  1. I’ve just come back from Germany, it was my first time there and loved it! Regensburg looks beautiful and like a proper cute traditional German town with all the medieval architecture. I’ve signed up for a German language course in September and hoping to do a lot more travels in Germany to practise, I’ll definitely have to put Regensburg on my list thanks to your lovely post 😉

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  2. This looks like so much fun! I’ve always wanted to do a river cruise in Europe–we will have to check one out sometime. This one sounds like a great option! Regensburg is adorable and the medieval architecture is beautiful! Love the sunset photo too–so pretty!

  3. I see why it’s called Emerald Waters. It looks so beautiful! Those eggheads are a little bit creepy… Haha! However, it looks like an amazing and unexpected stop on a beautiful adventure.

  4. Ah Regensburg looks like such a lovely little town, I have a soft spot for Bavarian cities! The old architecture is so beautiful and it is so cool there is the oldest restaurant there!

  5. The veal in crepe…. I’m not sure that interests me, did you enjoy it? The water is so green with a definite feel of nature. This looks like one of those best kept secret tourist towns, kind of off the beaten path with a lot to offer.

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  6. Aah! These are the 2 things that I haven’t done but are on my bucket list. Visiting Germany & taking a river cruise along the Danube! The latter is an idea that I’ve had since I visited Hungary a few years back – would love to do a slow travel/cruise and stop at all the interesting towns along the way. Regensburg looks like a perfect stop for such a trip!

  7. That’s so funny that wealthy families competed for the tallest building! Looks like it’s helped create an interesting architectural vibe to the town, though. Seems like a beautiful place to visit.

  8. Looks like a great day – Regensburg looks like an amazing little town to explore. I haven’t seen much of Germany beyond Berlin and would love to one day!

  9. Wow. Looks so nice. I have never really traveled around Germany, even though I am German actually. But since I have left my country I want to go back to explore it more and more. The South really looks interesting. Thank you for sharing this tour 🙂

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