Stone Bridge

Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, this bridge has been standing since the 12th century.

Stone Bridge

Stone Bridge

Visit Stone Bridge, or Steinerne Brücke, in Regensburg, Germany, one of the most iconic landmarks and grandest, eldest examples of Medieval bridge construction in the country. It's not just stone and mortar; it's a bridge layered with centuries of historical significance and architectural brilliance that is bound to pique the interest of any potential tourist.

Built between 1135 and 1146, the Stone Bridge spans the Danube River, providing a connection between the Old Town of Regensburg and Stadtamhof, an urban district on the opposite bank. This bridge was a critical component in the major trade routes of the middle ages, with many commodities from all across Europe passing through it. Walking across its entire length would allow you to trace the footsteps of countless medieval travelers.

One should note that the Stone Bridge is not just any ordinary bridge, it's a masterpiece of medieval engineering. The bridge is nearly 1,000 feet long and features 15 arches, and despite being over eight centuries old, it still stands tall, serving both locals and tourists until this day.

An engrossing feature of the Stone Bridge is its Tower located at the south end. The Bridge Tower, called Brückturm, now converted into a museum showcases breathtaking views of the Danube and consists of artefacts from ancient times. This Bridge Tower also demonstrates the strategic importance of the structure, as it could close off access to the city if needed.

When you visit the Stone Bridge, don't forget to pause and admire the statue of Johannes Kepler. A renowned mathematician and astronomer, Kepler is a native of Regensburg, and the city honors him with a statue near the south end of the Stone Bridge.

During Summer, you can also take a boat tour along the Danube River. Viewing the Stone Bridge from the river offers a different perspective compared to walking straight across it, and the calm trip down the river can be quite relaxing.

Over the years, the Stone Bridge has hosted numerous events, including the traditional "Bridge Regatta," an annually held rowing race. The Goliath house with the David and Goliath mural painting is also observed from the bridge. It's a quick, pleasant, and enjoyable walk to Stone Bridge from there.

Remember, when you visit, take a moment to appreciate the architecture. The slanting piers were definitely ahead of their time when the bridge was constructed, and it's this forward-thinking design that has allowed the bridge to withstand floods and time.

If you are a food lover, the visit to the Stone Bridge would be an entertaining treat. After touring the bridge, you can stroll to Regensburg’s historic sausage kitchen, the Wurstkuchl, which is right next to the Stone Bridge. Here you can taste the renowned Regensburg sausages (Regensburger Wurst), which are a local delicacy.

In conclusion, no trip to Regensburg would be complete without a visit to the Stone Bridge. Its historical significance, intriguing features, architectural prowess, and the breathtaking views it offers of the Danube River make it a must-see destination for any tourist. Everyone at the end of the trip will have something to take home: memories, photographs, newfound curiosity about medieval engineering, and maybe even a local sausage in your stomach. Trust us, a visit to the Stone Bridge is undoubtedly worth the walk.