Bamberg City Travel Guide

Bamberg

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 waterways.

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.

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