A Bavarian Experience

Trip Start Sep 07, 2011
Trip End Jul 18, 2012

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Ibis Regensburg City
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of Germany  , Bavaria,
Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Last Thursday October 13th Megan, Hollie, Elda, and I left for our tour of Bavarian Germany for the weekend. Again I'm doing each city in a different entry, but it was all one trip in one weekend.

Thursday Hollie, Megan, and Elda didn't have class and I was done with my class at 1:30 so we all met at the train station at 2pm to catch our train at 2:20. We had a little spare time so we grabbed a quick lunch there in the station.

It was about a 3-4 hour train ride with one connection in Passau. We arrived in Regensburg at about 6pm to check into our hotel. The hotel was walking distance from the train station so that was really nice. It was so cold there though! Unfortunately they didn't have any 4-people rooms available so we had two separate ones. Hollie and I were roommates for the night, and Megan and Elda stayed together. After we checked into our hotel we decided to go into the city center to grab some dinner.

We walked to the bus stop but didn't really know how the bus system worked there, but luckily we met this Irish guy at the stop who lived there and could help us out... In English! He told us which bus line to take to the city and which one to take back. He was very helpful. He also recommended us some places to eat.

When we got into the city we decided to have dinner at this Italian place. It was delicious and not a bad price. I had a pasta dish (which I don't remember the name) that was kind of spicy, but good! After dinner we were all very tired from the day of travel and decided to go back to the hotel. We showered and then called it a night. The bed and pillow were SO comfy compared to what's in our dorm!

The next day we got up early to look around the town. There weren't a lot of people out yet because it was still early. It was sooo cold outside! It was really cloudy so the sun couldn't shine through and the wind was bone-chilling! I was silly and only wore a blazer jacket so I froze all morning. But anyways, we took the bus back down to the main square of the town and had breakfast at this bakery. Since it was morning everything was fresh, and it was delicious! I think it might have been one of the better bakeries I've been to while here. I actually had two different pastries it was so good :) I had one that I'm not sure of what it was (like usual, I mostly just pick something when I order food), and then I also had a dough nut. YUM! It tasted like the home-made dough nuts Nanny and I have made! It smelled so good in the bakery and while we were there the backer had fresh pretzels in the oven. We didn't have any but they smelled and looked great!

After breakfast we wandered around the medieval-looking town square taking pictures. We went through different little streets and then went towards the river. Regensburg was the UNESCO World Heritage Site one year making it a great cultural city to visit! It's known for the large, old bridge there. We walked along the Danube taking lots of pictures.. and freezing still. We wandered through some more streets and found an old wishing well too! We also went into a couple souvenir shops. By now more people were out and about the town.

We finally made it to the entry of the famous bridge and walked about it. The clouds had went away and the sun was shining making it much nicer and less bitter. After taking more pictures on the bridge we went back to the town center to the famous St. Peter's Cathedral there.

The cathedral was huge!! There were lots of tourists out taking pictures. We also went inside to look around. Everything was so detailed and pretty. Hollie is Catholic so when we entered she had to dip her hand in the holy water and do the cross ritual thing (I don't know what it's called), and knelt in the kneeling area for a while. The rest of us walked around looking at stuff and taking more photos.

After we visited the cathedral we took the bus back down to the area near the train station and where our hotel was. From here we walked on a trail in the park which was beautiful! We were trying to find our way to the castle. We think we found it. It wasn't the typical looking castle like you would think of so we weren't sure at first, but we think it was right. We again just walked around the area looking around and taking pictures. We couldn't go inside though, or at least we didn't find an area where we could enter.

We didn't stay long here because we had to check out of our hotel by noon. We got a little lost for a while so we were stressing out about getting back in time to check out. We were a little late, but luckily the receptionists were really nice and didn't mind.

After we checked out we headed back to the train station to catch our train to Nurnberg.

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