There are a lot of stairs and balconies and a bit too much historical info so it's not suitable for young families, but the dungeons were incredible and look out for the craftsmanship on the doors and door handles, the locks are hundreds of years old and the details are intricate.
The "Altes Rathaus" (Old City Hall) is one of the many buildings in the Regensburg center with medieval roots. Not for nothing Regensburg Center is on the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. I want to direct your attention to the tower of the "Altes Rathaus". This tower has been built in the same period and for the same purpose as the famous towers in San Gimignano. More of these towers can be found in Regensburg.
This Baroque building is massive with such fine detail all over its exterior including the main & side doors of 1661 with their beautiful stone portals.The whole area that the Alte Rathaus covers has been built over centuries. The tower was built in 1260. Today the Alte Rathaus houses an Information Centre, A Museum, a Keller & other Offices.Such a grand construction!
Tour was very informative. The building is virtually untouched since the 1600s including furnishings, clocks etc... Even a totally original torture chamber with all original apparatus intact and in its original position. It was quite chilling to see.
This has been used for hundreds of years to conduct affairs of the region. Very interesting building and def worth a look. The architecture of the building is also lovely.
Beautiful yellow colored building with gorgeous windows. Definitely worth a stroll into this midevil square. We didn't take the time for a tour - perhaps we missed out on something.
As the name, it is really old. You can feel the oldness in each and every corner. But its not a great destination, but compared to the size of regensburg, its good
I love history and this is where the holy roman empire met to conduct business. It is spectacular from a history perspective and the tour guide was fantastic. Make this a stop or you will be missing out on the magic of Regensburg.
We were told that this old town hall was the seat of the Reichstag, parliament, for almost 200 years, now home to the tourist office & museum where most of the tours seem to originate in Regensburg. They have guided tours and a torture chamber in the basement of the imperial hall, it is a nicely preserved medieval town.
Went here twice while we stayed in Regensburg. Both times the food was exceptional. They offer menus in several languages. Friendly staff. Located very centrally in the old part of Regensburg.
It’s a good thing that Viking River Cruises provided an outstanding guide for our “slow walkers group” tour of Regensburg in late July last year. It was a scorching hot day (possibly a record-breaking temperature?), so we were walking extra slowly, sticking to the shade where possible, and drinking plenty of water. Fortunately, our guide, a dapper gentleman with a mustache, a straw hat, and a deep reservoir of facts and anecdotes about Regensburg architecture and history, was so skillful that he made us want to concentrate on the matters at hand.Although our energy was seriously flagging by the time we reached the Altes Rathaus about an hour into the tour, our guide’s description/interpretation of this architecturally pleasing, historically important building got our full attention. The Altes Rathaus is now one of my favorite buildings in Regensburg.
if you can't catch the english-speaking tour, make sure you listen to the audio guide. a really good appreciation of the whole place and how important this place played a major role through centuries in history (not just regensburg but of all of bavaria) will make the visit all the more meaningful.
I visited there during my trip in Regensburg 2013. The architecture or view of the building is really nice. It's situated at the old city center. You will find some restaurants or shops in the surrounding area. A walk around would be a nice choice during summer time.
This place is really worth visiting for its cute and peaceful exterior appearance. The buildings nearby are small and carefully renovated so that nice to watch and take some photos. I reccomend to walk along the bridge where the in-love couples leave the padlocks. There are really a lot of them :) However, if you are looking for a place to dine out nearby and do not enjoy bavarian cuisine it may be a problem. Unfortunately the bavarians who love their food think everyone does, too.
The Tourist Information Office sells tickets for tours here and there is also one English speaking tour per day, which is great for me as my German is not very good (yet!) I wasn't really sure what to expect from this tour so was pleasantly surprised. You get to see some of the rooms where meetings still occur and their present and past uses are explained, and it's easy to imagine the pomp and ceremony that would have been a part of the proceedings. However, my favourite part of the tour was the dungeons and torture rooms. Having read the Hangman's Daughter Tales (the 3rd of which is based in Regensburg) I found this absolutely fascinating and a bit horrid too, seeing the equipment used and how the witness could view everything going on without being seen made it real in a way no book can. The guide explained how the torture would take place, the maximum amount of time this was allowed, what the results of this could be and the legal requirements for confessions made under torture. The cells were also very interesting and very different to those I have seen in other places, such as where the witches were kept in Lancaster Castle for instance.You finish in an outside courtyard where they have displayed some cannons and a large set of working scales. I think the enjoyment of the tour will depend on the guide but my husband and I agreed it was well worth it, especially on such a wet day