16.10.2011 - 16.10.2011 13 °C
Oct 16 Sun - Day 26
Started the day in another deep lock. The German tour guide on board is going to give a presentation on how to deal with the "squareheads" and give us a quick German lesson. This could be interesting or avoided as his sense of humour is German! In Berlin we found the Germans very helpful and friendly but maybe in other areas we will find attitudes a little different. Some frustration today as we cannot watch the rugby between Aust and NZ.
Today we are touring Regensburg and then being fed Bavarian food and beer. Will have quite a few hours to wander around which we enjoy. Walked several kilometers. The river flows in 3 almost parallel streams through the centre of town. There was a Flea Market with hundreds of stalls selling everything 2nd hand. Enormous Gothic cathedral in the centre of town which was built over a period of 250 years in the middle ages from 1275. The stone bridge over the river was built in 1175 and used by the Crusaders to cross the Danube in the 2nd and 3rd Crusades.
Was part of the Roman frontier and during WWII was used as part of the concentration camp system. Hitler spent some time here with his family and during the war it received little damage. The centre of the city is a World Heritage listing.