Even before medieval times Bavaria, Germany’s largest state, had an interesting history. In the last post I mentioned the numerous Paleolithic discoveries; the next known inhabitants were the Celts whom the Romans subdued. The Roman centre of administration for this area was Castra Regina: modern-day Regensburg – one of the best preserved old cities and the oldest on the Danube. The following picture is the remains of the Roman gates built in 179 AD. In use into the 1700’s they were then plastered and built over until they were rediscovered in 1885.
A history professor we met on this trip told us that it is speculated the name Bavaria comes from the Romans calling the Teutonic tribes on the “other (northern) side” of the Danube “Barbarians” and this later became Bavarians. (The Latin is Latin Baiovarii)
Regensburg is still a residential town.
This 500 year old kitchen, located right on the river bank of the Danube, has stood through centuries of wars and floods. We didn’t get to try any of the famous sausages however, as when we came back hungry a couple of hours later, the rest of the world had the same idea.
This 500 yr. old wurst küche is said to be the oldest restaurant in Germany.
The Alte Rathaus – built in the middle ages was used until baroque times as the seat of the Reichstag government – almost 150 yrs.
Passau lies at the confluence f the Inn, Ilz and the mighty Danube Rivers near the Czech and Austrian borders with Germany.
It is pleasant to stroll the narrow streets – with little traffic.
Passau’s history also encompasses the Roman and medieval periods,but its architecture is decidedly Baroque.
We listened to (a surprisingly – and somewhat disappointingly –modern) organ concert in the over-the-top baroque of St Stephens Cathedral. I think I was expecting Bach!
Passau has a large museum devoted to glass made from 1600- 1950’s. I was taken with these painted stemwares.
This tower looks like a relic of the middle ages – you almost feel you are walking back in time. Note watermark from the floods of 2013.
The Danube River reached its highest level in 500 years and people had to be rescued from their homes. Amazing that structures like this tower and the old sausage kitchen (above) have survived for centuries on its banks!
Have you been to either of these towns? What do you think of the Baroque style? How would you like live in charming Passau – surrounded by rivers that could flood with rainstorms upstream?