Like Salzburg, Regensburg's old town is also a UNESCO World Heritage site, though here many of the most notable buildings are earlier than the Baroque wonders of the Austrian city. The Bavarian city sat on key trading routes during the Middle Ages; its Romanesque and Gothic buildings dating from the 11th to 13th centuries are some of the city's most famous landmarks. In all there are somewhere around 1,000 different historic sites in the city-palaces, churches, warehouses, parks, and more.
One of Regensburg's other distinctions also dates back to its days as a medieval trading center. It is said to have more pubs per capita than any other city in Germany, and historians believe beer was first brewed here, at the Spitalbraurei, as early as the 13th century. That name translates to Hospital Brewery and it reflects another facet of beer production in the city-three of Regensburg's most famous breweries are associated with charitable foundations. You can sample one of Bavaria's most famous products, and do good at the same time.
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