With the likes of Rothenburg just a 2 hours' drive away, Regensburg may be stretching it a bit when it refers to itself as “Germany's best-preserved medieval city.” Still, the 2,000-year-old town on the Danube is certainly one of Germany's best-preserved cities, with the largest medieval city center north of the Alps. The unspoiled skyline of the UNESCO-protected Old Town has been carefully mintained, and the view from the Stone Bridge dating back to the 12th century is, indeed, without parallel. Everything down to the colours of the buildings is authentic. Of the more than 1,500 declared heritage buildings nearly 1,000 are in the historic center. After admiring this view, visitors should enjoy a real Bavarian sausage at the “Historische Wurstkuchl” (Historical Sausage Kitchen), which has stood next to the bridge for over 500 years. As proud as the city that contains it, the little restaurant bills itself as the “Oldest sausage kitchen in the world.” Maybe it is.