10 tips for Bamberg

Bamberg – What you should have seen

Bamberg is a versatile city in the north of the federal state of Bavaria and thus belongs to the administrative district of Upper Franconia. In the Middle Ages the city was still called Babenberg, in today’s Upper Franconian dialect one will rather hear the expression “Bambärch”.
Bamberg is a medium-sized city with about 75000 inhabitants, which has many other destinations to offer besides the Bamberg Cathedral, which you should not miss.
The ten most contemplative places to marvel and feast are presented below.

Bamberg, Germany

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1. The world cultural heritage

As early as 1993 Bamberg was awarded the title of World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). The proximity to medieval structures has been maintained and preserved in the form of the island town, the mountain town and the gardening town.

Bamberg New Palace

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2. Island city

The island town is the central point of Bamberg. But not only locally, but also by the many shopping and shopping possibilities, the island city captivates both the old-established Bambergers and the tourists.
The busiest street here is the Austraße. It is home to many shops, cafés and restaurants. For young and old there is something here, because the island town has everything to offer, from hip and modernly designed pubs to old-fashioned dismounts.
Most worth seeing, however, is Little Venice.

3rd Little Venice

Little Venice got its name because of its remarkable similarity to the most romantic city in the world. Here, small, rustic half-timbered houses shimmy along the river, along the Regnitz, whereby the front gardens almost lead into moorings for cranes. This beautiful row of houses can be visited and viewed by boat.
If you visit the island town at the right time, you can also experience the climax of the Sandkerwa spectacle, the historic fishing sting. The Sandkerwa takes place regularly once a year in the island town.

Little Venice in Bamberg

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4. Sandkerwa

The Sandkerwa is the top event in Bamberg. It originally means Sandkirchweihe, the annual homage of St. Elisabeth Church in the Sandstraße, hence the name Sandkirchweihe. It is the biggest folk festival in Bamberg and represents the highlight of the annual events in the beautiful city. The date varies, usually set for August.
Around 300,000 visitors are expected every year when the Kirchweihe in the Sandstraße is celebrated with several beer stands and other typical folk festival stalls. The festival starts with the traditional fair at the opening, followed by the celebration with the special “Finally Parish Fair” band. The highlight is the already mentioned fishing stinging, which is also based on a tradition.
In this unique event two people duel, similar to the medieval Lanzenstechen. In this case, however, the duelists stand on a small platform on a narrow, elongated boat and try to transport their opponent into the water of the Regnitz by means of a padded lance. These duels are a spectacle for young and old and definitely worth seeing.

5 The mountain town

Besides Little Venice there are other parallels to the neighbouring country Italy. Bamberg is also called the Franconian Rome because it was built on seven hills. Hence the name “Bergstadt”. Each of these seven hills has its own small culture and has something to offer in its own way, such as the monastery, the residence castle or the rose garden.
The most important historical building in Bamberg, however, is probably the Imperial Cathedral, which was built on the Domberg.
The other six hills are called

The Stephansberg is especially popular with the students of the city, as it is decorated with one of the best beer cellars. From this hill you also have a fantastic panoramic view over the city.

The Michaelsberg, or Michelsberg, is home to the Benedictine monastery of the same name. The view can also be enjoyed up here with a cosy cup of coffee.

Between Domberg and Michaelsberg lies Jakobsberg. Here stands Bamberg’s oldest church, the Jakobskirche. This Romanesque-style church is also a romantic destination worth visiting.

The Abtsberg takes its name from the former abbot to whom it belonged. It is the only hill without a church, but the Abtsberg offers a fantastic view of the orchards during the time of the apple blossom.

The Kaulberg extends in the centre of Bamberg and houses two churches, the parish church and the Carmelite church.

Altenburg Hill
If one climbs the highest point of the city, one meets the Altenburg. This was built in the Middle Ages and offers the most beautiful and wide view of the entire city from its keep.

6 The Imperial Cathedral

Those who are not prepared to visit all seven hills of the world cultural heritage city should at least not miss one. On the Domsberg stands the most impressive building in the area. Built in Romanesque style, the Imperial Cathedral has four towers and thus also visually does justice to the importance of its existence.
It is not only the jewel of the city, it also houses the only grave of a pope in Germany, namely Clemens the Second.
In addition, the famous but mysterious Bamberg rider is located in the cathedral, whose identity is still completely unclear today.

Cathedral in Bamberg

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7 Gardener’s Town

Besides the versatile mountain town and the lively island town, the gardener’s town is also a unique experience. Here the inner-city gardens line up with the former gardeners’ dwellings of the Middle Ages. The gardens are of versatile Besides the once predominant export of liquorice, there were also masses of bulbs delivered, which is why the Bambergers are still affectionately called as onion steppers today.

8th World Document Heritage

Those who are familiar with and interested in the field of literature should not miss the assortment of world documentary heritage. This heritage is currently preserved and maintained at the Staatsbibliothek Bambger. This collection of documents comprises more than 300 historically important writings in Germany, including the Lorsch Pharmacopoeia and two magnificent Reichenau writings.
Admission to the library is free and worthwhile for anyone interested in culture.

9 The Historical Museum

Those who are not sufficiently satisfied with the above-mentioned programme items should not miss a visit to the historical museum on the Domberg. This museum houses an enormous collection of historical artefacts and finds that tell and document the history of the city of Bamberg’s origins and development. But not only interested adults are welcome here, the museum also offers a small experience for the little guests. The in-house educators have developed an entertaining hands-on programme for children and those who prefer to look around on their own give a kind of search for clues through the museum. The necessary paper sheets are available free of charge at the cash desk and guarantee an exciting journey through time for young and old.

10. Culinary experiences

After the exhausting experiences and impressions, a rich meal in one of the many excellent restaurants of the city is recommended.
The Restaurant Eckerts is one of these recommended locations. This restaurant is located in the middle of the Regnitz and so you can spend pleasant hours on the inviting sun terraces with a pleasant rush of water in your ear. If the weather does not permit a meal on the terrace, then one has the possibility it in the interior area beside the fire-place to make itself comfortable. In addition to breakfast and good old home cooking with Franconian specialities, you can enjoy a culinary modern, first-class meal in the so-called dining room area.

All in all it can be said that one can spend many beautiful days in Bamberg without boredom. The numerous sights offer a variety of experiences for young and old.
You should not miss this beautiful Bamberg.

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