Statues on the west front of the Cathedral

March 22

A day spent in the lovely small city of Regensburg is a day well spent. There is so much to see and do in this town on the banks of the Donau River (later, the Danube as it flows into eastern Europe) that it’s almost unfair to try and do it all in one day. Some of our guests stay a night here, and those are always the best times.

On this particular visit I was making my way from Landshut, where a tour had just ended with clients taking a pre-dawn flight out of Munich to head back to Iowa. I had some time to spend as I made my way home to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, and so a stop in one of our favorite cities seemed right. Plus, it was a gorgeous early spring day with a warm sun shining in a flawless sky.

It turned out that I was not the only person that day who thought about going to sample some of Regensburg’s delights. The city was packed and if I had a quarter for every person I saw holding an ice cream cone, well, I’d have a lot of quarters!

Starting with the massive cathedral of St. Peter, I wandered around its flanks, admiring the work of stone mason’s who worked on this church since the enlargement process began in the 1400s. Gargoyles, statues of saints and bishops and apostles fill the expanse of the church. Scaffolding on the church never seems to go away. They have to constantly clean it because of the pollution caused by automobiles.

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