Hello from beautiful downtown Regensberg! Yet another medieval town.
Today, we entered the Danube river as we left the Main-Danube canal and its 33 locks and dams. The locks just before Regensberg were 75 feet tall. The Danube is a beautiful, calm river.
We pulled into Regensberg around 1pm, and trooped into town with our guide and a walking tour. The city has a very different feel than the previous medieval towns. There were very few if any half-timbered houses. The building seem to be made of stone with stucco plaster over the stone frame.
Ruth standing in the town hall square. The buildings in Regensberg were not bombed during WWII since both the Nazis and the Allies were not interested in the town. Therefore, unlike in some of the previous towns we have seen, in Regensberg, the old houses and buildings are the actual old houses and buildings from the middle ages. Inside, of course, they have been modernized. The whole town has a lived-in look, with real people and real shops.
As with other towns in Bavaria, the city is dominated by churches and cathedrals. Here is the main Dom (Cathedral).
I found a painting on one building particularly interesting as it showed the joy and elation of the altar boys as they escaped.
On a more serious note, our tour covered some of the history of the Jews in Regensberg. The history was pretty simple. During the middle ages, the Jews were not allowed to practice any of the trades. The Pope declared that they could only partake in a field that was held by the Christians to be evil – the lending of money and charging of interest. Then, when the Jews of Regensberg had financed most of the building of the town, the town turned against them and drove them out, confiscating their property and destroying their houses and synagogues. On some occasions, the citizens would take souvenirs from the property of the displaced Jews. One such trophy was a Jewish tombstone that ended up as a decoration in one of the citizen’s houses.
At some point between the Middle Ages and the modern era, Jews came back to live in Regensberg, and once again prospered — until the Nazis came into power and rounded up the town Jews and either murdered them or sent them to be exterminated in concentration camps. As a memorial to some of the Jews who used to live in town, there are little plaques mounted in the cobblestone streets in front of the houses in which the Jews used to live. They are called trip-stones, since they are meant to remind people that someone lived there and was killed.
Finally, the town discovered the site of the previous Medieval time synagogue and built a memorial to the site to remind people that there was once a thriving Jewish community in town.
The memorial serves mostly as a child’s playground now.
And now we leave lovely Regensberg…..