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surviving bridges. I took a stroll across the 16 stone archways and admired the view back towards the Old City, dominated by the soaring spires of the medieval cathedral.
Reaching heights of more than 100m, the spires of the Regensburg Cathedral tower over this quaint village with cobblestoned roads. One of the finest examples of true Gothic architecture, the cathedral showcases intricate sculpture and stunning stainedglass windows.
Later that day I set off on a bike ride along the picturesque pathways by the river. After an hour meandering along the tree-lined trail, passing through tiny villages, a vast structure appeared. Standing high on a hill was the Parthenon – a replica of the Greek one constructed in 1830 as a German Hall of Fame.
I thought it looked out of place in the lush green Germanic countryside where it houses plaques, deities and busts. It was only after climbing the 358 steps to the top that I truly appreciated its intention, the panoramic view of the surrounding landscape was nothing short of spectacular. Emperor Henry III first built a fortress here in 1056, encouraging the growth of the township below the imposing castle walls. Hitler was also attracted to the area. He held his infamous rally here, which eventually led to the heavy bombing of the town by the Allies.
There is, however, more than 4km of original city wall still standing and a remarkable job has been done of restoring the town to its former glory.