The tour of Regensburg was led by Margit, a local guide with a personalized itinerary that led us past numerous sites of either historical or culinary interest, finishing in front of the Gothic St Peter’s church.
The church is under renovation, much as was the model for its construction, Notre Dame at Paris. The biggest difference is the two ornate Gothic spires that were added in the 19th century. I saw an old picture of this church in a store window, without the spires.
Other notable features of the tour were this colorful Biergarten, and numerous towers, constructed as parts of private residences of the patricians.
There is an old stone bridge over the Danube here. A building on the Regensburg side houses a museum.
Downstream of the stone bridge, the oldest in Europe, are whirlpools, called Strudeln by the locals. These are created by the almond-shaped islands on which the pedestals rest. Margit said they were dangerous for anyone unlucky enough to be in the water. Click on this link to see them in action.
That evening we had a special meal on board, featuring local cuisine. The staff dressed up in traditional costumes.