A town since before the Romans built a fort here in 179 AD, Regensberg is now a well preserved Medieval city. Obviously prosperous, its houses are five and six story beauties. The home of Johannes Kepler, it also boasts Germany's oldest restaurant, the 12th century Altes Wurstkueche (Old Sausage Kitchen) where we stopped to sample some delicious sausages with saurkraut and beer for lunch. The lunch came with one roll from the basket on the table. If you take more rolls, they'll charge you.
While wandering through a department store that was under construction, Paul managed to miss a step and sprain his knee slightly. That was all the excuse he needed to beg off the afternoon's planned walking tour. Reggie set off in the afternoon in search of a nail salon while Paul remained on board.
The boat immediately set sail for the next town. Apparently one main engine has developed a problem and the boat needs to head out early so it can reach a drydock for repairs. The shore party will be bussed down to join the ship tonight for supper, and we will sail on to the drydock town. Then, we are advised, we will need to pack again and be ready to resume the tour for at least a day and night by coach while the ship is repaired. If all goes well, we'll re-embark and resume the cruise. If not they will bus us to a Vienna hotel and eventually to Budapest with as many side trips as they can fit in. Sort of an adventure within an adventure. The ship is Swiss-flagged for tax reasons (I guess) and with their usual fetish for precision, the crew seem embarrassed by the difficulties.
Regensberg from the old stone bridge
Late Gothic cathedral
Cuckoo-clock store. One 2,000E model had solar panels on the roof to power a pump to pump water over a miniature waterwheel. As well as dancers, miniature Oompah band and cuckoo.
Lunch! In a cafe in continuous operation since in 1148.