Unless you live in Germany or travel extensively throughout Germany, it’s highly likely that you haven’t heard of this adorable Bavarian town! More tourists looking to experience Germany head for Nuremberg, Munich or Berlin and while those are all great cities, you should consider visiting Bamberg for something little different. even though it isn’t connected with the Romantic Road that stretches from Würzburg to Füssen, it certainly is worth a quick peak if you’re checking out the route already!
After all, with a 1,000 years of history, excellent beer and a UNESCO World Heritage site title, it’s bound to offer something amazing, right?
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Once you have either meandered through the streets from the train station or parked in town and after you have taken a peak around some of the shops that line the allies, head straight for the historic city center and start at the Altes Rathaus (city hall).
Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus)
The bridge, which straddle two bridges over the Regnitz River flowing beneath it. For the best view of the entire bridge, take a stroll over the Untere Brücke. The exterior walls on the old town hall have magnificent and colorful frescoes making it quite picturesque!
Bamberg Cathedral (Bamberger Dom)
There are seven hills that make up Bamberg each crowned with a beautiful church. The Bamberg Cathedral is perched upon Cathedral Hill (how fitting, right?!) Unfortunately, this cathedral has had terrible luck! Since its construction in 1004, the church has been burned to the ground twice and subsequently rebuilt twice, each time incorporating different building techniques. While taking a look around inside, keep a look out for the Bamberger Reiter – a rider dating from 1230 that many scholars are still puzzled over the identity of.
Next to the cathedral is the old residence of the former bishops built in the 15th and 16th centuries. It is beautifully decorated with flowers adding to the appeal of the building. Today, it is quite often used as an outdoor theater performance court yard.
New Residence & Rose Garden (Neue Residenz & Rosegarten)
Just caddy-corner to the Bamberg Cathedral is the L-shaped Neues Residence which has richly decorated apartments (not that I would know…).
However, by walking through the arches of the Residence you will find the Rose Garden. And by roses, I mean thousands of roses in every shape, size and color in 70 beds.
Not only will you find a rose garden here, but a small cafe and a great view over the historic city center, as well as a glimpse of the Michaelsberg Abbey, you guessed it, perched upon the Michaelsberg hill.
Enjoy a Smoked Beer (Rauchbier)
Bamberg is home to nine breweries with 50 different types of beer. Not only that, but there are another 80 breweries located within 15 miles of the town, therefore, the nickname “Beer City” is quite appropriate! So while in Bamberg, it is absolutely necessary to try as much as possible!
One beer not to miss that is iconic to Bamberg is the Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier, so be sure to stop at Schlenkerla for a famous glass of Smoked Beer. Schlenkerla has been brewing beer since 1405! It has a unique and distinct flavor, but it’s worth a try!
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Little Venice (Klein Venedig)
As you were walking over Obere Brücke checking out the Altes Rathaus, you probably saw some pretty adorable little houses hugging the edges of the Regnitzarm River. This adorable little part of the historic center is a historic district of fisherman’s cottages.
Overall, Bamberg is definitely worth a visit as it is only about half an hour by car from Nuremberg. Luckily, the town escaped the destruction that devastated most of Germany throughout the Second World War, therefore, the town is well preserved!
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