Original post by H.-G. in Bayrisches Allerei
Regensburg, (lat. Ratisbona) is one of the oldest cities in Germany. Located along the Danube river it was a Roman settlement right after the time that Christ was born. The human history of the area goes back all the way to the stone-age and the Bavarian Pope Benedikt XVI was for awhile a professor at the local university.
The English architect Lord Norman Foster considered Regensburg as one of the most beautiful cities in the world and the old town is now an UNESCO World Heritage site.
The over 850 year old “Steinerne Brücke” Stone Bridge is an excellent example of medieval masonry construction and together with the Dom/Basilica the cities most famous monuments.
Right next to the bridge is the over 500 year-old historical “Wurstkuchl”, the Historic Sausage Kitchen of Regensburg, famous for their Bratwurst. Over 1 million yearly are made in their own sausage kitchen, grilled over hot charcoal and devoured with homemade Sauerkraut and mustard (homemade too!). The menu also includes a few other meals like the, in Bavaria always present, Schnitzel.
Well introduced to tourists on the Internet, still many locals come here for their “Wurst attack”, as here tradition and quality are in high esteem.
Over the many years there is sometimes a very unwelcome guest – the flood. With the location next to the river the Danube floods occasionally, the last time in June 2013, so inside the small historic restaurant you find signs on the wall showing the high watermark, which was on one occasion a few inches below the ceiling.
With the mighty river so close even dams, erected before the waters come, don’t keep the area from flooding. But after all this time and many floods the hosts of this establishment are experienced in it and know exactly what to do and when to do it.
Now going by our modern standards we could consider the Wurstkuchl in Regensburg the oldest fast food restaurant in the world!!