Avalon Waterways Day 2 – Regensburg Germany

By posted on July 17, 2017 2:27AM
Regensburg Germany Feature

Regensburg, Germany was the primary docking point for Artistry II on day two of our Highlights of Germany cruise.  However, it was not the first docking stop for the day.

Throughout the cruise the ship made “technical stops” for a variety of reasons. Our first stop of the day was to allow passengers signed up for the optional Weltenburg Abbey and Danube Gorge tour to disembark and board the coaches for their excursion. The ship continued on from this technical stop towards Regensburg where, later in the day, the coaches would drop the passengers participating in this tour.

Each day of the cruise there was at least one tour for all passengers included in the price of the cruise. On some days there were additional Optional Tours that could be booked with the Cruise Director.

For all tours, included and optional, the cruise director provided printed background information and maps of each city. On the back of each map were sections on Sights of Interest, History at a Glance, Heroes, Poets and Artists, Local Specialties and tips for Enjoying the City.

Once we docked in Regensburg, local tour guides met the ship to guide passengers on an included town walk. I was feeling a little under the weather so chose to walk into town on my own a little later in the day.

Walking Beside the River into Regensburg
Walking Beside the River into Regensburg

It took between five and ten minutes to stroll from the ship into Regensburg. Almost opposite the ship, next to the river, I passed Villapark which surrounds the old royal villa of King Maximilian II of Bavaria.

Entrance to Villapark Regensburg
Entrance to Villapark
Peeking through Gate of Villapark Regensburg
Peeking through Gate of Villapark

Sausages and sauerkraut are a staple in this part of Germany. Wurstkuchl claims to be the world’s oldest fried sausage kitchen. As we disembarked Artistry II each passenger was given a voucher good for a beer and one plate of sausage and sauerkraut at this Beer Garden.

Waiting for a Table at Wurstkuchl Regensburg
Waiting for a Table at Wurstkuchl

I have to admit, I ate these succulent sausages before I took a photo.  This online photo of sausages from Wurstkuchl is an accurate portrait of what I was served. They were the best sausages and the best sauerkraut that I ever tasted!

I continued my outing with a walk through the city center. I was hoping to spot a pharmacy and ask about some herbal remedies for my symptoms.

Charming Regensburg
Charming Regensburg

At first I did not find a pharmacy, however, I found many baked items to tempt me in the shop windows.

I am in Strudel Country!
I am in Strudel Country!

I saw a window full of an unusual looking pastry and stopped to have a closer look.

I was Intrigued by these Pastry Globes about the Size of Baseballs
I was Intrigued by these Pastry Globes about the Size of Baseballs

I discovered they were called Snowballs.  Just about the time I was considering giving in and purchasing one I spotted this sign.

They Keep Up to Six Weeks
They Keep Up to Six Weeks

I decided I did not want to eat a pastry with a six week shelf life!  More about these unique pastries will be found in my review of our Day 5 stop in Rothenburg.  Having foregone the questionable pastry treat I continued my search for a pharmacy.

Beautiful Architecture Regensburg
Beautiful Architecture

I found just what I was looking for. A shop with both traditional and homeopathic medicines sold by a friendly and helpful staff.

Local Pharmacy Regensburg
Local Pharmacy
Modern Exterior with Old World Charm Interior
Modern Exterior with Old World Charm Interior

Very close to the pharmacy was an interesting structure called the Roman Tower that included stones from an early Roman settlement.

Stones from Original Roman Wall Recycled for 9th Century Construction Regensburg
Stones from Original Roman Wall Recycled for 9th Century Construction
The Layers Represent Additions from 9th, 13th and 14th Centuries
The Layers Represent Additions from 9th, 13th and 14th Centuries

On my way back to the ship I passed the entrance to the “crypt of St. Erhard,” dating from the 11th century. Passengers who participated in the included guided walking tour of Regensburg visited additional historic sites while learning about the history of the area.

Crypt of St. Erhard Regensburg
Crypt of St. Erhard

Lunch was next on the agenda.

Tasty Lunch with Local Ingredients aboard Artistry II
Tasty Lunch of Chicken Piccata and Local Cabbage
Scenic Dining Regensburg Germany
Scenic Dining
Almond Cake with Fruit Sauces
Almond Cake with Fruit Sauces

A second guided city walk started at 2:45 so that the passengers who took the optional tour to Weltenburg Abbey in the morning could also have an opportunity to see Regensburg.

Relaxing after Lunch in the Club Lounge
Relaxing after Lunch in the Club Lounge

I opted to read in the club lounge and have a cup of tea.

After a Filling Lunch I opted for Tea Only While Reading
After a Filling Lunch I opted for Tea Only While Reading

Of course, once they announced afternoon tea I couldn’t resist going to the Panorama Lounge for a look at the cakes of the day. They were tempting, but I chose two cookies and a pot of tea instead as I was still full from lunch.

Too Full for Cake and Sandwiches at Afternoon Tea - Opt for Cookies!
Too Full for Cake and Sandwiches at Afternoon Tea – Opt for Cookies!
View During Afternoon Tea - There is a Theme Here
View During Afternoon Tea – There is a Theme Here

Following afternoon tea two local experts on Bavarian Beer boarded the ship. They presented a slide show on the history of beer and beer brewing in Bavaria. They also served us glasses of four distinct regionally produced beers.

Guess What Bavaria is Known For
Guess What Bavaria is Known For
Our First Beer Tasting
Our First Beer Tasting

Immediately following the beer presentation the All Aboard was called and we set sail for Nuremberg, our destination for the next day.

A Port Talk (description of the following day’s activities) by Cruise Director Sabine preceded the Welcome Gala Dinner. While there were no formal dress nights on this cruise, many passengers brought out their sparkly tops or sports coats for this occasion.

Sometimes the Chef Surprised Us with an Amuse Bouche
Sometimes the Chef Surprised Us with an Amuse Bouche

This evening’s Amuse Bouche was Chicken Galantine. Every meal involved difficult choices.  The options were all so appealing!

Local Cheeses and Greens were the Stars of this Salad
Local Cheeses and Greens were the Stars of this Salad
Starter of Prawns in a Foam
Starter of Prawns in a Foam
Dessert
Puff Pastry with Vegetables

Because the beer tasting took place during what would have been Happy Hour, a Happy Hour 50% off was offered during the evening’s entertainment. Generous considering we had four free beers earlier.

He is hard to see but there is an local singer/accordion player in the far right of this photo. The close-up photos that I took were too dark to post. He was a comedian as well as a musician and the night included a lot of passenger participation in quickly formed bands accompanied by a good deal of laughter.

Evening Entertainment Finishes Out Day 2
Evening Entertainment Finishes Out Day 2

The last item on my agenda for the night was to return to my room, enjoy the chocolate on my pillow and review the information for our next day’s stop, Nuremberg.

Kathy Stafford is a writer, publisher and editor. She was a contributing author to "Sasha Cohen Fire on Ice". She has been a contributing editor to several publications including, "Discover Balboa Park: A Complete Guide". Kathy was publisher and editor of "Skating Sketches", reporting on figure skating worldwide, for over ten years. She was a credentialed journalist as a figure skating specialist for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. She has covered international skating events in Switzerland, France, Finland, England, Canada and the United States with published articles in Canada, Japan, and the United States. Although she never accepted an assignment, she was on the list of approved Lonely Planet authors for three years. She is currently combining her love of travel, and her background as a writer and editor, as a publisher and author of travel related journalism. In addition, she blogs about her search for her family roots at www.cherokeerootsblog.com.

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