I figured Windlasse readers might need a break from the never ending stream of river cruise pics by now, and had planned to publish a post on “spooky skinny jeans” this week instead. However, I was told otherwise, so here we go! I am cranking open the faucet on the vacation ramblings and photos. Buckle up.
Back in the lovely town of Regensburg, where the view looks like this…
… most people come off the boat and head directly for the Wurstkuchl Tavern. It’s not hard to find, because the scent of homemade sausages from its’ 500 year old kitchen will lead you straight there. Upon arrival, you will find a fair line of “peekers” ducking in to catch a glimpse of the roasting process. There will also be a set of outdoor tables filled with tourists, taking a break from rubbing their hands together in the cold to drink the beer there – which, in my humble opinion, rivals the slow-cooked sausages.
Yes, the Historische Wurstkuche is located near the old stone bridge, which sets it up for extraordinary views and is deserving of a “sausage walk-off” later. However, if you choose to step aside from the Tavern to the actual restaurant on the right, and asked to be seated, you will find yourself treated to a wonderfully warm and special dining experience you might otherwise have missed, which includes the same sausages!
Truth be told, this was my favorite thing we did in Regensburg. Is that okay to say out loud? I’m not sure, because this town is a medieval marvel, with a centuries old stone bridge literally steps from the sausage house. Maybe it’s because by now we have been on the Viking River Cruise for a few days, and are really beginning to appreciate all the frequent, tasty meals. We fear that after returning home, we will be greatly missing the Viking Way… breakfast smorgasbord, a mid-morning pretzel, wine with lunch, afternoon tea and pastries, pre-dinner noshes and a cheese-plate before bed. Seriously, a stuffed tourist is a happy one. Even better, when we got home we didn’t break our scales. I guess a million miles of walking helps!
One more notable surprise. This is the face of someone who once worked for Starbucks ordering a simple “coffee,” not a mocha gi-gantico, and being treated to a tray that included a delicious creamer in an adorable pitcher and a “sliver of chocolate” – I repeat, served with a “sliver of chocolate.” We are forever ruined from this trip forward, with our expectations for food and mealtimes.
Now let’s take these sausage legs for a stroll around town and see what else we can find:
I found a little shopping in the streets of Regensburg, while others (pictured above) found the free champagne. Yes, in Regensburg they were serving free champagne in the streets. I think it may have been to celebrate the grand re-opening of a hotel there. I do appreciate art that requires you to drink a glass of wine first though, don’t you?
We stumbled on a funny sense of humor in Regensburg too.
I am certain that a Viking Cruise is the best way to see Regensburg, Germany. Our tour guide there was an absolute delight, both for her extensive knowledge and for her enthusiastic love of this beautiful city. Her tales of the swirling water beneath the stone bridge, and the life of the beautiful woman who gave birth to the hero of Regensburg, were utterly captivating. Something she recommended that we missed, was the optional “behind the scenes” excursion to three historic breweries downtown. Apparently each one supports a different charity, which according to her husband, makes them all worthy of a visit daily.
It is bittersweet to have to leave Regensburg, but don’t worry.
Our next stop on the Windlasse photo journey is a hidden little “alpine gem” tucked far away in the hills of Austria. A place so beautiful you cannot believe it exists.