In Regensburg, Germany’s best-preserved medieval town, lies the charming, historic Hotel Bohemian. Situated on one of the centre’s main cobblestoned streets, its charismatic owner, Jürgen, graciously offers me a glass of festive Prosecco while I wait for my room. But I am so close to any number of the 1500 heritage listed sites, soft-coloured houses and secretive courtyards, that I prefer to spend my waiting time with a mug of hot mulled wine from the nearby Christmas markets and to wander with it in hand among these jewels, across the 12th century stone bridge and along the banks of the Danube.
Regensburg weaves its magic but as I wander back past the mural-painted Goliathhaus and St Johann's Church, Winter’s night fast approaches and I turn back to the warmth of my hotel.
No lifts are allowed in this centuries old, heritage listed hotel, so I’m ever thankful for Jürgen’s help in taking my luggage upstairs. I’m ushered to the newer part of the hotel on the top floor. There are no soulless numbers on the doors. Instead, each room has a name that is filled with promise of the distinct character that lies within. My room impresses me immediately.
The room is plush, spacious, yet homely and warm and I know a great night’s sleep awaits. From my window, Regensburg’s panoramic medieval red rooftops embrace to form a warm Bavarian welcome. Both this town and hotel exude immense character and both are going to be hard to leave.