http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regensburg Regensburg is a scenic town In contrast to almost all other major German cities, on the Danube Regensburg had little damage from allied air raids in north of World War II and thus has an almost intact medieval Munich city center, which is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. The most important cultural loss is the Romanesque church of Obermünster, which was completely destroyed in an air raid in March 1945 and never rebuilt. Only the belfry survived. During WWII, Regensburg was an Area Headquarters of Der Regensburger Military District XIII (Wehrkreis XIII), under the Christkindlmarkt one of command of Lieutenant General Bruno Edler von the ten most beautiful Kiesling auf Kieslingstein. This Area Command was Weihnachtsmärkte in all in charge of the military forces of Regensburg, German-speaking Passau, Straubing, Weiden, and Amberg. countries (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) The remains of the East Tower of Porta Praetoria from Ancient Roman times. The Alte Kapelle (old chapel) – Built in the 9th century is one of the biggest attractions of Regensburg; The Alte Kapelle (old chapel) Regensburg; Outside is a totally plain and A view of central Regensburg at twilight unprepossessing exterior …, Main Regensburg Sights The Dom (Cathedral) is a very interesting example of pure German Gothic and counts as the main work of Gothic architecture in Bavaria. It was founded in 1275, and completed in 1634, with the exception of the towers, which were finished in 1869. The interior contains numerous interesting monuments, including one of Peter Vischer's masterpieces. Adjoining the cloisters are two chapels of earlier date than the cathedral itself, one of which, known as the old cathedral, goes back perhaps to the 8th century. The Church of St. James, also called Schottenkirche, a plain Romanesque basilica of the 12th century, derives its name from the monastery of Irish Benedictines (Scoti) to which it was attached; the you walk in to find this Rococo interior, all gilt and principal doorway is covered with very singular grotesque carvings. It stands next to the Jakobstor, a mediaeval city gate named after it. Faculty of Physics in the University of Regensburg The old parish church of St. Ulrich is a good example of the Transition style of the 13th century, and contains a valuable antiquarian collection. It houses The University of the diocesan museum for religious art. Regensburg, situated in Examples of the Romanesque basilica style are the Regensburg, in Bavaria, church of Obermünster, dating from 1010, and the Germany, was founded on abbey church of St. Emmeran, built in the 13th 18 July 1962 by the century, and remarkable as one of the few German Bavarian parliament. churches with a detached belfry. The beautiful Bavaria's fourth cloisters of the ancient abbey, one of the oldest in university saw its first Germany, are still in fair preservation. In 1809 the lectures during winter conventual buildings were converted into a palace for semester 1967/68, the prince of Thurn and Taxis, hereditary postmaster- general of the Holy Roman Empire. initially housing a faculty Wealthy patrician families competed against each of Law and Business Sciences as well as a faculty of other in who would be able to build the highest tower Philosophy. During summer semester 1968 the School of the city. In 1260, the Goldener Turm (golden of Theology followed. tower) was built in Wahlenstraße. The Town Hall, dating in part from the 14th century, United into a single campus, the university is located contains the rooms occupied by the imperial diet from just outside Regensburg's inner city on a small incline 1663 to 1806. to the south of the river Danube, and directly next to An historical interest also attaches to the Gasthof the interstate Autobahn. The campus atmosphere and zum Goldenen Kreuz (Golden Cross Inn), where close distances encourage uninterrupted studies. This Charles V. made the acquaintance of Barbara Blomberg, the mother of Don John of Austria (born is also supported by an excellently apparelled library, 1547). The house is also shown where Kepler died in where 3.15 million books are made available in one 1630. central and eleven departmental libraries, as well as Perhaps the most pleasing modern building in the city the university's excellent equipment of computer is the Gothic villa of the king of Bavaria on the bank workstations. The university has been adapted to the of the Danube. needs of the disabled as far as possible and housing Among the public institutions of the city are the estates meeting the same standards are available. public library, picture gallery, botanical garden, and the institute for the making of stained glass. The city's Including the affiliated university hospital, the Gymnasien (high schools) include an Episcopal clerical seminary, and a school of church music. University of Regensburg has circa 4,200 employees St. Emmeram's Abbey, now known as Schloss Thurn including 312 professors, and teaches about 16,000 und Taxis, is a huge castle owned by the powerful students. The attractiveness of the university is also Thurn and Taxis family. enhanced by the old town of Regensburg with its history of over 2000 years, its scenic countryside, the Near Regensburg are two very handsome classical Donautal (Danube Valley), the modest living costs, a buildings, erected by Louis I of Bavaria as national high density of bars and the nearby heights of the monuments of German patriotism and greatness. The Bavarian Forest. Brisk cultural life both in the city and more imposing of the two is the Walhalla, a costly on campus provide for great recreational reproduction of the Parthenon, erected as a Teutonic opportunities, enhanced by a number of close-by lakes, temple of fame on a hill rising from the Danube at and the Walhalla. Donaustauf, 6 miles to the east. The interior, which is as rich as coloured marbles, gilding, and sculptures The most famous professor of the university was the can make it, contains the busts of more than a later Pope Benedict XVI, who taught at the university hundred German worthies. The second of King from 1969 until he was appointed Cardinal and Louis' buildings is the Befreiungshalle at Kelheim, Archbishop of Munich in 1977. Since his election as 14 miles above Regensburg, a large circular building Pope in 2005, the university is among students which has for its aim the glorification of the heroes increasingly referred to as the Benedict University of of the 1813 War of Liberation. Regensburg.