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Regensburg: A Location with History


The Museum of Bavarian History is being built in a city that is not only captivating in the present but also has a rich history. Bavaria’s oldest “capital” Regensburg is historically significant for all of Bavaria. The area had been settled in antiquity. On the periphery of the old duchy in the early Middle Ages, the metropolis on the Danube was later a free imperial city and seat of the Perpetual Diet at which the numerous imperial cities and protectorates of Franconia and Swabia were represented from the 17th century onward. The city became officially Bavarian in 1809. It was one of the many “new acquisitions”, which shaped modern Bavaria. Following the fall of the Iron Curtain, Regensburg, mindful of its historical traditions, strove to establish ties to the Czech Republic and Hungary.

The Museum of Bavarian History is located directly on the Danube and in the midst of the historic old town designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The museum is being built on previously an empty urban lot on the Donaumarkt, The “Österreicher Stadel” is also being incorporated in the concept as a symbool of European mercantile tradition.

The architecture firm wörner traxler richter in Frankfurt won the architectural design competition.