Bamberg, once an Imperial city, lies in the
north of Bavaria and is listed as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. Quite
rightly: Bamberg offers splendid sights, ancient
buildings and a charming old town interconnected by Venice-like
Tourist sight number one is the ancient City Town
Hall: Built in the middle of river 'Regnitz' it can only be
reached via two stone bridges and features a Baroque facade on one side
and a half-timbered one on the other side.
'Little Venice' comprises small half-timbered houses next to river 'Regnitz'. In earlier times, it was the home of Bamberg's fishermen.
Bamberg cathedral goes back to the 11th
century and was financed by Heinrich II, whose tomb is one of the major
sights. Magnificient statue 'Bamberg Rider' attracts
numerous visitors, too. Its four towers dominate the city's skyline.
Two bishops residencies, the Old Court sporting a Renaissance facade and the New Residency featuring Baroque 'Emperor's Hall', are situated next to the cathedral.
As a former bishops residency Bamberg does not lack in beautiful churches and convents.
Just outside Bamberg you can visit 'Seehof' castle, a graceful Renaissance building and its elaborate park.
Bamberg is proud of its smoked beer ('Rauchbier'), a local speciality distilled by local breweries which can and ought to be tasted in one of the many restaurants and pubs.
Getting there and around
There are regional trains going from Würzburg and
Nuremberg, takes around one hour and the costs are between 10 and 15
Euro. But there are as well ICEs going from Berlin and Munich.
If you are travelling with a car, take the A73.
Once you are in Bamberg, the best ways to explore the city are by walking or by bike. Leave your car, if you have one, somewhere on the outskirts, because it is no fun to drive by car in the city.
If you like to go out in Bamberg you have a great choice of different locations. Starting with wine bars and beer pubs and gardens (for example Holzklause, Weinstube Zeis or Kachelofen) followed by modern and sometimes kind of weird pubs and cafès (M-Lounge, Fischerei, Caipi-Keller).
- Cathedral (1237), with the tombs of emperor Henry II and Pope Clement II
- Alte Hofhaltung, residence of the bishops in the 16th and 17th centuries
- Neue Residenz, residence of the bishops after the 17th century
- Old Town Hall (1386), built in the middle of the Regnitz River, accessible by two bridges
- Klein-Venedig ("Little Venice"), a colony of picturesque fishermen's houses from the 19th century along one side of the river Regnitz.
- Michaelsberg Abbey, built in the 12th century on one of Bamberg's "Seven Hills"
- Altenburg, castle, former residence of the bishops
We recommend: Cultural Beer Tour in Bamberg
Starting at the hostel your first stops will be the Fäßla and Spezial Breweries. From there continue to Keesmann, Maisel and Mahr's Bräu. Walking along the river and through the city centre you will reach the historical part of town where you can stop off for an unique Schlenkerla-Rauchbier (smoked beer). Passing the dome and walking through the quaint little lanes you can experience authentic German "Gemütlichkeit" in one of the many beer cellars. If you still haven't had enough by then, you can pay a visit to the Beer Museum at the Michelsberg and stop off at a Bamberg Fruit Orchard on the way back to the hostel.