Because of the city´s unique status as “the only authentically preserved large medieval city in Germany” the Old Town Regensburg with Stadtamhof” was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on July 13th, 2006.
“Regensburg is both old and new.” This motto appears in Regensburg’s tourist brochures, and it would be easy to think it was created by a modern advertising agency.
But these words come to us from a monk named Otloh, who lived in the St. Emmeram monastery in the mid-11th century. Even then, the contrast between old and new must have been something unusual, and it is a city characteristic that remains to this day. The city, rooted and founded in Roman times, is now also a modern high-tech industry location. Traditional old trades like hatmakers and tower clockmakers are at home here, just the same as the Infineon chip factory, Toshiba’s laptop production, or BMW’s flourishing car factory.