Bamberg - World Heritage Fascination on the Castle Road
Narrow alleys, cozy corners, medieval and baroque building fronts, plus a distinct romantic flair: Bamberg is a unique work of art. Endowed with one of Europe’s largest intact old town centres, Bamberg has the magic of the past hanging in the air, and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993. Today, Bamberg is a lively arts and cultural centre with a thousand year old history, a long tradition of beer brewing and the buzzing atmosphere of a city full of life and street cafés and small antiques shops.
Must-see places include the Imperial Cathedral, a breathtakingly romantic Rose Garden, the medieval Old Court, and the Old Town Hall, that sits right in the middle of the River Regnitz.
The cultural programme in Bamberg is shaped by the world-famous Bamberg Symphony Orchestra as well as by its many theatres, music festivals, and an impressive music scene in jazz and blues bars and the likes. The international magician and street performers’ festival in July or the Sandkirchweih Fair in August transform the entire old town into one big happening place.
Bamberg boasts a total of nine breweries with their traditional brew pubs in town and a variety of 50 different beers in town, wonderful beer gardens on top of Bamberg’s hills and great local fare at an affordable price.
Just outside of town beautiful countryside and nature parks, such as Franconian Switzerland offer a huge variety of opportunities for cycling, hiking and water sports.
Bamberg is located in the heart of Northern Bavaria and has direct access to two Autobahn motorways in all directions and is a train station on the ICE high speed train connection from Munich to Berlin. The nearest airport is Nuremberg (1 hour by train), Munich or Frankfurt (2 ½ hours by train)
Bamberg top highlights:
- Bamberg Cathedral, one of Germany’s most important examples of architecture on the threshold from the Romanesque to the Gothic period holding the famous statue of the Bamberg Rider and many more works of art by Riemenschneider and Veit Stoss.
- The Old Town Hall, built right in the middle of the River Regnitz, with a strictly medieval part and a baroque part.
- The Rose Garden of the New Residence. More than 4.500 roses, the historic statues and a wonderful view across the roofs of Bamberg make this a must see.
- All of the traditional brew pubs in the old town are worth a visit. Taste one of Bamberg’s 50 different beers from its nine breweries, served on tap, amongst them several international prize-winners. Another 70 breweries are located in the villages surrounding town in Bamberg county.
- Two outstanding palaces, both former residences of Bamberg’s prince bishops show the splendour and lavish lifestyle of the baroque era: Seehof Palace, just 4 miles outside of Bamberg with its gardens and water cascades or Weissenstein Palace in Pommersfelden (20 miles outside of Bamberg), with a very impressive entrance hall and many state rooms and a collection of paintings.