Regensburg from the Stone Age to the end of the 20th century

From the first settlements of the Stone Age to the end of the 20th century Regensburg has been through many incarnations: as a Free Imperial City, as the permanent seat of the Imperial Diet of the Holy Roman Empire, as a capital of the Duchy of Bavaria, as a cultural center of southern Germany, a trade city on the Danube celebrated for its gold work and fabrics, and today the 4th largest city in the State of Bavaria. During World War II Regensburg suffered little damage from the allied forces, and its medieval city centre is now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Did you know?

Have you heard an expression “rolling in butter”? It means having a really good life - smooth like butter. It happens so that the Runtinger Haus in Regensburg was the very representation of this proverb. Back then all expensive Venetian glass was transported from Italy to Germany over the Alps in a simple horse-carriage. Many were broken on the way. Finally came the saving idea: hot, liquid butter was poured over the glass. Once it cooled and solidified, the glass was safely packaged and bad roads could no longer harm it.
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