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About Regensburg

Regensburg has been an important trading centre on the Danube for millennia, and its architecture is a testament to the town's wealth and importance. Known as both "Italy's northernmost city" and "Germany's medieval miracle", most of the truly exceptional buildings went up between the 11th and 13th centuries and it's in some of these historic buildings that you will find some of the best places to stay in Regensburg. The city is home to around 150,000 inhabitants, so it's far from huge - but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in character.

Regensburg has an important footnote in German history, due to the Old Town Hall being the site of The Permanent Imperial Diet from 1663 to 1806. Acting as the base of representation for the Holy Roman Empire's Imperial Estates, this is largely seen as being the precursor to the country's Federal Council.

The best way to get to know Regensburg is by strolling through the narrow streets of its historic centre taking in your beautiful surroundings. Alternatively, you could hop on a boat trip down the Danube and look out at the numerous coloured houses dotted along the river, whilst if you visit in winter then be sure to visit the Christmas market for a truly magical experience.

What not to miss

  • St Peter's Cathedral is a stunning example of Gothic architecture, with equally as impressive stained-glass windows to boot.
  • Haidplatz, the triangular square in the centre of town, is full of resplendent buildings dating back to the 13th century.
  • The 11th century Romanesque St Emmeram's Basilica boasts stunningly decorated interiors that are absolutely breathtaking.
  • If you want to find out more about the town's history then spend a few hours in the Regensburg Museum of History.

Due to it's many appealing attractions the best places to stay in Regensburg often get booked up well in advance so we recommend you get planning!

The Best Places to Stay in Regensburg

Right in the centre of town

  • Set in a beautiful Baroque building in the heart of the Old Town, Hotel Orphee is a 25-room hotel with four-poster beds, crystal chandeliers and fancy plasterwork. They also have a popular French bistro and an excellent wine list.

For an apartment

If you'd prefer the privacy of a self-catering option then browse through the wide variety available online with our partner, Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Unfortunately, Regensburg doesn't have its own airport - if you're flying in from abroad then your best bet is to head to Munich Airport before taking the train on to your final destination. The train journey should take around an hour and a half.
  • There's never really a bad time to come to Regensburg! Weather-wise, the best time to visit is during the summer months when the average temperature climbs to 23°C in the peak months of July and August.
  • However, this is peak tourist season and so it's likely to be pretty busy. If you're looking for a quieter and cheaper time to visit then consider coming in spring or autumn.
  • The snowy winters are also beautiful, so if you're looking for a festive trip abroad then Regensburg is a wonderful option.
  • If you'd like the freedom of having a car with you then browse through the wide variety available online with our partner, Rentalcars.

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Best Hotels in Regensburg

  • Hotel Rote 19 Regensburg 6 rooms from £69

    Local exploring  -  All of the main sites in this UNESCO World Heritage site town are accessible by foot and the train station is just 500m away
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the city's medieval Old Stone Bridge, Thurn und Taxis Palace, Cathedral Regensburg, Altes Rathaus and Haidplatz Square
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Full of character

    A stylish boutique hotel located in the centre of Regensburg. Housed in an 18th-century building, 6 rooms and suites have been lovingly refurbished in a contemporary minimalist style with top-quality bedding, technology and amenities. There is no dining on-site but plenty of good options nearby. See More

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  • Green Spirit Hotel Regensburg 37 rooms from £71

    Local exploring  -  This Bavarian city is known for its well-preserved medieval core. Explore winding streets, Gothic buildings and bridges by foot
    City Style  -  This quirky hotel is a mix of old and new; striking contemporary architecture combined with German antiques creates real soul
    Artworks  -  The hotel has a permanent art gallery which hosts exhibitions of contemporary art
    Great walks  -  A walking tour of the city must include the Old Stone Bridge, St Peter Cathedral, Old Town Hall and St. Emmeram's Palace

    Unique B&B located on the edge of Regensburg old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guest-rooms in the 18th century listed building are split between Deluxe, Family rooms and apartments, some of which come with terraces and urban garden access. There is a bar and a very pleasant inner courtyard. See More

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  • Bohemian Hotel Regensburg 17 rooms from £98

    Local exploring  -  The place to stay to make the most of this well-preserved medieval city. Walk the winding cobbled streets and explore the sites
    Sights nearby  -  The central location means Haidplatz Square, Bismarckplatz, Altes Rathaus and Thurn und Taxis Palace are less than 500m away
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.

    Family-run hotel located on one of Regensburg's most beautiful streets in the heart of the old town. Rooms are full of character decorated with antique furniture and colourful throws. Breakfast is served but there is no restaurant, however, platters can be ordered at the Chin Chin bar. See More

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  • Hotel Luis Stadl Regensburg 18 rooms from £102

    Families  -  The apartments sleep up to 6 and have self-contained kitchens. There is also a children's playground on property
    Sights nearby  -  The city's main medieval sites are within 500 metres and 1km of the hotel. Visit the cathedral, Old Stone Bridge and Stadtamhof
    Great walks  -  Leave the city and enjoy pleasant walks in Höllbach forest
    Full of character

    Shabby-chic 18 room hotel located in a converted barn on Regenburg's Unterer Wöhrd island. Close to the banks of the Danube, rooms and apartment suites feel cosy and retro. There is a lively and popular bar but no restaurant, however, the city's main sites and cafes are all within walking distance. See More

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  • Hotel Orphee Regensburg 25 rooms from £148

    Local exploring  -  Right in the heart of the hustle and bustle of Redensburg's old town, minutes from the cathedral and Steinerne Brücke bridge.
    Local markets  -  Winter guests must be sure to explore the Regensburg festive markets.
    Great walks  -  Head out on foot to explore this fascinating city centre.
    Sights nearby  -  Only a five minute walk from the Dom St Peter.

    In an original Baroque building in the heart of Regensburg's busy pedestrianised old town, the Hotel Orphee is almost more of a restaurant with rooms than an hotel. Excellent and popular brasserie and bar. Eclectic and arty rooms. See More

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  • Domresidenz Regensburg Regensburg 3 rooms from £311

    Local exploring  -  The location could not be better from which to explore the well-preserved UNESCO World Heritage site of Regensburg by foot
    Sights nearby  -  Make sure to visit the medieval city's main sites: Altes Rathaus, Cathedral Regensburg, Haidplatz Square and tadtamhof
    Minimum Stay  -  Minimum stay of 2 nights for all apartments
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.

    Three luxurious self-catered apartment suites located in the centre of Regensburg old town. Situated in a converted 12th-century building, each 2-bedroom apartment sleeps up to 4 and has a living room, dining table, flat-screen TV and well-equipped kitchen, resulting in an ideal home away from home. See More

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