Cobblestoned streets, cafes lining quiet little alleys, church after beautiful church after historical church, picture-perfect buildings everywhere you look and amazing food for every taste and pallet.
Yes, Regensburg seems to have it all, which is why it is by far, one of my favorite German towns. Less known than some of it’s more popular cities like Nurnberg and Munich, it just one of the many perfect day trips in bavaria.
But all that site seeing and walking around this beautiful medieval town will get your belly aching for some delicious food. You don’t have to look or walk far to find something that will get your taste buds talking! Whether you are a local or a tourist, here are our top places to eat in Regensburg for all palette and budgets alike.
PS~Looking for other great hidden gems in Europe? Here are 13 other places to consider traveling that are a bit more off the beaten path
Good, Authentic German and Bavarian Food
Ask anyone in the know where to eat in Regensburg, and you’ll surely get the “Sausage Kitchen” as a resounding answer. Considered the first “fast food” joint in Germany, you can’t go wrong with the “Nurnberger” styled sausages neatly lined up on the plate with a pile of sweet sauerkraut on the side. Go ahead, squirt that entire bottle of mustard (süßer senf) all over your plate, nobody will judge.
Insider Tip: See that bread basket on the table? Feel free to enjoy your “brotchen” but just know that you pay extra for each roll in addition to the plate that you’ve ordered.
Like the Locals: It is often extremely difficult to find seating at the Wurst Kuchl. Just do as the locals do, hover until you see someone leaving and AS they are standing up, run over and grab the seats (don’t wait until they leave). Alternatively, if a table looks to have an open spot, all are welcome. Ask “Ist das frei?” and then cozy on up to the locals!
Address: Thundorferstraße 3
You can’t go wrong with classics like Rahmscwhammerl (bread dumplings slathered in delicious mushroom gravy), Kurbis Suppe (pumpkin soup) and Kase Spatzle (think Germanfied Mac and Cheese!)- which the local brewery serves up homemade and delicious.
But my absolute favorite? The Regensburger Schnitzle, only served on Wednesdays and only until they are sold out. This pretzle and mustard coated schnitzle takes the schnitzle game to a whole new level!
Address: Schwarze-Bären-Straße 6
Hotel Bischofhof am Dom
Nothing says Bavaria like a beautiful beer garden. You’d never know that this beer garden even exists, which is why it makes for the perfect off-the beaten path (but actually right ON the popular path!) location.
Address: Krauterermarkt 3
Standing below the St. Peter Dom (Cathedral) you will be absolutely awe-struck with it’s Gothic beauty and demanding presence. You might as well catch a seat with the view at the Haus Heuport, across the platz from the Dom. Grab a bite to eat, people watch and steal glances at the 750+ year old cathedral.
Insider Tip: Enjoy a delicious brunch at the Haus Heuport to start your sight-seeing day in Regensburg. They offer European styled brunches that include eggs and bacon. If you are looking for an American styled breakfast, it’s damn near hard to find in Germany, but here, you can at least get some waffles!
Did you know: Haus Heuport offers cooking classes on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays? What a great way to dive into the German culture!
Address: Domplatz 7
My personal favorite spot in all of Regensburg: the Spital. Set along a lazy section of the Donau (Danube) river, with views of the two most iconic scenes of Regensburg; the bridge and the Dom, you get the perfect vantage point of it all while getting the laid back vibes of a biergarten.
Insider Tip: At German restaurants, you have to flag down the wait staff when you want something. If you are ready to order, want another drink or are ready to pay, don’t feel rude raising your hand as s/he walks by, otherwise, you could be sitting there all day…which really isn’t a bad thing on a beautiful afternoon in a German biergarten!
Address: Am Brückenfuß 1-3
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If you are tired of sausages, pork, beer, gravies and pretzles (blasphemy!) Regensburg has quite the selection of other foods to try from.
Stop in this French restaurant for breakfast and have a classic quiche lorraine or get a crepe anytime of the day. Or, if you are looking for lunch or dinner, their extensive French menu has plenty to choose from as well.
Address: Wahlenstraße 1
If you’ve been around Germany for awhile, or you are American, you’ll quickly notice that while Germans can do wonders with pork, their quality cooking styles with beef are quite lacking. Finding a good ol’ ‘Murican burger was damn near impossible to find before Buddy’s opened. But now, it is one of our top places to go when looking for food to remind us of home.
Address: St.-Peters-Weg 15
For being a land locked state in Germany, you would assume that Bavaria wouldn’t have very good, raw fish, but the Sushihaus is one of the finest Japanese and sushi restaurants I’ve tried and still really reasonably priced.
Tip: The restaurant is teeny tiny. If you are going for dinner, especially on a weekend, be sure to call and make reservations.
Address: Wollwirkergasse 2
The Thai Restaurant
What they are lacking in creativity in restaurant naming, they make up for in amazing, authentic Thai food. The owners and much of the staff are first generation Thais, so they know what they are doing. As someone who has been to Thailand twice and would move there in a heartbeat, I can testify that this is the real deal in deliciousness. We have yet to have tried a dish we didn’t like.
Address: Haidpl. 3
Sometimes, you just want some good, Italian food. L’Osteria is the perfect place to grab a “European” styled pizza. And being right at the end of the bridge, you’ll have a heyday people watching.
Address: Watmarkt 1
Grabbing a Drink In Regensburg
There are plenty of great places to grab a drink in Regensburg, but my absolute favorite is simple, low key and cheap; stop at any convenience store or fast food joint, grab a beer and head down to the bridge. Sit alongside the bank and just enjoy a beautiful afternoon! If you are looking for a bar or a place to sip a cocktail, here are a few more local favorites:
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LeAnna, I have not spent enough time in Regensburg, but I have eaten at the Wurst Kuchl. Yum! I ‘m waiting for spring so I can sit outside and enjoy the outdoor cafes. Love this post!
Well, then you had a pretty authentic experience but yes, once the weather warms up a bit, Regensburg is an absolute paradise in the summer! So much to do!
I have never heard of Renesburg but it sounds like a great place to hang out for a while and eat delicious food. We had planned a trip to explore Germany but had to return home to help an elderly family member. Reading your post make me want to re-book our tickets to visit and leave right away. I was looking forward to the beer and food, one of my sons favorite foods is sausage so we were all looking forward to visiting Germany!
I’d never heard of Regensburg but it looks like it has everything I love about small towns in Europe. Will bookmark this for a possible trip to Bavaria.
YES! If heading to Bavaria, it is a MUST visit place!
Looks like an interesting place to visit! I must confess I hadn’t heard about Regensburg before but it certainly seems like a good idea for my next trip to Germany. The cathedral looks impressive!
Regensburg is truly one of my favorite towns in Germany. It is such a beautiful place with tons of history.
I’ve been to Germany, and I never felt like their food was their strength. But now I must reconsider. The dishes and entrees you described all sound much better than what I had. This is a great guide. Still, I think if I were exploring this amazing city, I would spend very little time worrying about what I ate and much more time exploring the town!
You just have to know what to look for! I LOOVE German food, SO good!
Thanks for introducing Regensburg to me, it’s a very interesting place where there’s a lot to see and explore. I would love to walk on the Cobblestoned streets. That’s awesome!
This post makes me hungry! We hope to explore Europe when the boys are a bit older and will let me enjoy a meal! All of these places look great in Bavaria! My kids would probably want to try the pizza place first!
I’m all about the outdoor seating when I travel anywhere. A great meal surrounded with all of that architecture is sure to equal a great memory! You have a great foodie guide for the traveler that is all about the food.
Uhm, yummy! I would pick the Biergarten (I love Biergartens!) and Haus Heuport for its view
Thanks so much for this post! I am pretty sure I’ll be there during my Danube cruise in about 8 days. I will file this list away for our free time before boarding the ship! Always nice to have recommendations you can trust.
I’d love to spend more time in Regensburg and eat at these places. Excellent tips, LeAnna!