28 May 2014

World Heritage Day 2014 in Regensburg Across the river – discoveries all around the Old Stone Bridge

Regensburg, Germany

As Isaac Newton, the famous English physicist and mathematician once said: We build too many walls and not enough bridges. So after several years of a focus on walls – be it the ones of churches or many other famous historical buildings in town – this year the spotlight of Regensburg’s World Heritage Day will be on the famous and outstanding monument of the Old Stone Bridge.


Exhibition and Information Brochure

A new exhibition dedicated to the renovation process of the Stone Bridge was designed by the City of Regensburg planning and building division together with the Public Relations office of Regensburg and is presented in the Regensburg World Heritage Visitor Centre. Apart from facts and interesting dates about the bridge, you can learn about the difficulties of restoration actions in a special 36-page brochure, distributed for free on occasion of the World Heritage Day 2014.


Actions and Events

A perfect way to get started with the focus theme “Old Stone Bridge” are thematic tours, offered by experienced city guides of “kulttouren”. Guests can learn more about interesting historical connections and old legends and myths about the Bridge in lectures and tours held at the archives of Spital Brewery.

To inform about ecological trade, the transition town action group will convert the auxiliary footbridge next to the monument Old Stone Bridge into a green and flowering path. There will be helpful advice on easy ways of turning a city into a green surrounding.

The project group “Living History” presents four different eras in Regensburg’s history in living scenes, also giving explanations and answering questions – all that happening along the river Donau and next to the World Heritage Centre. The Historical Shipping Museum participates with demonstrations on their ships about the Donau eddies and is activating an old ship transport mechanism to pull tiny ships under the first arch of the Stone Bridge.

Families and young people are especially welcome in the Kränchersaal of the World Heritage Visitor Centre. Under the title: “Bridges connect – building bridges – understanding bridges”, a group of architects offers special stations for experimentation and playing with building material and become master builders yourselves.

A special offer for adults is a bicycle tour all along the historical border of Regensburg, following the boundary stones.

Opening procedure through Lord Mayor Joachim Wolbergs is June 1st at 14.00 in front of the World Heritage Welcome Centre, collecting “bridge toll” for UNICEF funds.