The photo above shows the west-facing view to the “apex” of the triangular space called Haidplatz (literally, Heath Square) which is an important historical space in Regensburg’s Old Town. “Haid-” is related to the present-day German word “Heide”, meaning heath, moor, or specifically, an area of open uncultivated land, which is now only a reference to the open space in the past.
At the centre of the photo is the Justitiabrunnen (Fountain of Justice, 1656) and a little to the right of centre in the background is Zum Goldenen Kreuz (At the Golden Cross, built initially in 1250) with its tower and castle-like appearance. Regensburg’s Old Town and StadtamHof (across the Danube river) make up the city’s designation as UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2006.
On my way to dinner, I’m passing through Haidplatz again to come across an impromptu vigil to commemorate the events of 13 November in Paris.