Another place we visited during our October vacation was Regensburg, also about 1 hour away from Munich. We city turned was much nicer than I expected, though I should have realised that if I remembered that its medieval old town is a UNESCO World Heritage site 🙂
The narrow streets and the buildings are really nice and I was surprised to see elements of Venetian architecture in some of its buildings. It made sense when I read that after the construction of the stone bridge in the 12th century over the Danube, Regensburg became an important crossing point from Venice to the Northern Europe. Regensburg was also on the salt path, which added to its growth and wealth.
The city has a long history, going back to Celts and Romans. The Porta Praetoria was recently discovered under a Renaissance building and it was built in 179 AD during Marcus Aurelius.