REGENSBURG
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Regensburg lies in Bavaria at the confluence of the Danube (Donau) and Regen rivers. The city is a commercial, industrial, and transportation center . Regensburg, which is one of the oldest German cities, is a cultural center with many historic monuments. Dating back, as Radasbona, to Celtic times, it was an important Roman frontier station, known as Castra Regina.

Regensburg is often seen as the most beautiful and best preserved medieval city of Germany. It is  a historic city in a unique state of preservation, living witness to two thousand years of rich and colourful history.
The look of the old city hasn’t changed much at all, however. It looks much like it did during the 13th and 14th century, when the people of Regensburg built it. Due to its location on the largest river in central Europe, the Danube, it was always a good place for business, and it still is. Regensburg was an important trading center for all sorts of goods. With the money they earned, the Regensburger built unusually tall houses by medieval standards.

Some of the most important sightseeing spots are :  the Gothic cathedral (13th–16th cent.); parts of the Porta Praetoria, a Roman gate (built A.D. 179); the Schottenkirche St. Jakob,  an 11th-century chapel (with later decoration in the rococo style); the old city hall (14th–18th cent.), where the imperial diet met; and St. Emmeram, the episcopal residence (a former Benedictine convent founded in the 7th cent.). The church of the Benedictine convent, with foundations dating from the 8th cent. to the 12th cent. and with an 18th-century baroque interior, contains the tombs of Emperor Arnulf and of Louis the Child.

Regensburg is the seat of a university (founded 1965) and schools of engineering and church music. Because of the presence of so many young students it is sometimes said that Regensburg has, after Berlin, the highest number of pubs per capita in Germany. university (founded 1965) and schools of engineering and church music. Because of the presence of so many young students it is sometimes said that Regensburg has, after Berlin, the highest number of pubs per capita in Germany.

The city was a residence of the painter Albrecht Altdorfer and the astronomer Johannes Kepler, both of whom died there.