Regensburg, Germany is a stunning medieval town and UNESCO World Heritage Site along the Danube River. With a beautifully preserved Old Town dating back to the 11th century, the place feels like a fairy tale. But its vibrant beer-drinking scene and unforgettable eateries confirms that it is. Here is what else you need to know about Regensburg…

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Essential information

Regensburg is located in beer-utiful Bavaria, so you know your taste buds are in for a treat! Its just an hour and a half north of Munich (about an hour from the Munich airport) and easily accessible by both car and train.  

The currency in Regensburg is EURO, the language is German, and the time zone is GMT+1.

Official city of Regensburg website:

Regensburg Germany
Located along the beautiful Danube River, it is a popular stop for river cruises. Photo by Felix Mittermeier.

Why visit Regensburg?

Located along the beautiful Danube River, Regensburg is a popular stop for river cruises and day trips from Munich. Largely due to the fact that it’s essentially a college town, it offers some of the most exciting nightlife in Germany.

Great food and beer, a laid back vibe, friendly locals, and stunning medieval architecture make this town a perpetual fan favorite.

Regensburg fun facts

Did you know… Regensburg has the highest concentration of bars in all of Germany (a country that’s already world famous for its beer drinking)? With over 500 bars in the city center alone, you’re clearly destined to have a great time here. It has a bit of everything: traditional beer gardens, cocktail bars, pubs, a kickass nightlife scene, and everything in between. You can even grab some beer-flavored ice cream if that sounds like a good time to you.

Did you know… Regensburg is home to the world’s oldest sausage shop? The city already serves up some of Germany’s best cuisine, but you can’t leave without stopping at the famous Wurstkuchl.

Regensburg Wurstkuchl
The world’s oldest sausage kitchen “Wurstkuchl”

Did you know… Regensburg is the home of Händlmaier—often touted as the best mustard in the world? You can even visit the official Händlmaier shop in town for a mustard tasting.

Did you know… Regensburg is one of the oldest cities in Germany? It was founded in the year 90 AD by Romans during the reign of Marcus Aurelius. You can still visit some of the Roman ruins around town today like the Porta Praetoria and parts of the original fortress wall.

Did you know… Oskar Schindler lived here? After World War II, he lived here for a while before emigrating to South America.

What to do in Regensburg

Well, besides spend all your days and nights bar-hopping and eating sausage, here are some of the most popular things to do in Regensburg, Germany:

  • Stroll the medieval streets of Regensburg Old Town (a UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Check out St. Peter Cathedral (built around the year 700)
  • Hang out with locals along the Danube
  • Explore a fancy German palace at Schloss Thurn und Taxis
  • Car enthusiasts can take a tour of the local BMW factory
  • Sip some joe at Germany’s first coffee shop – Cafe Prinzess
  • Take in some amazing views from atop a bell tower in the Old Town
Regensburg Germany Bars
You can find over 500 bars & beer gardens in the city center alone

How to visit Regensburg

If you are flying into Munich, the easiest way to get there is by train. It takes just 1h 17min and runs directly from Munich airport every hour.

Book a train ticket directly at Deutsche Bahn:

Driving & Train times from major cities

Munich – 1h 30min driving, 1h 17min train (direct)

Nuremberg – 1h 30min driving, 53min train (direct)

Frankfurt – 3h 40min driving, 3h 46min train (1 change)

Stuttgart – 3h 30min driving, 3h 15min train (1 change)

Salzburg, Austria – 2h 40 min driving, 3h 30min train (1 change)

Regensburg, Germany is a destination on our Beer or Bust tour and A Knight’s Ale tour