Bamberg – the history is here still alive
Bamberg is a small town (only 70 000 inhabitants) in north-central Bavaria. This is another place that confirms that Bavaria is Germany’s most beautiful region. Three Bambergs districts have been placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. They owe it to the well-preserved structure of the medieval city. However, Bamberg has almost 1200 architectural monuments that together create an image of a fairytale city. Colorful chalets, Prussian style buildings, numerous canals and a town hall on the water are just a fraction of what Bamberg offers. Over the city proudly reigns over a thousand years old cathedral, which contains the tomb of the imperial couple, but also the only Pope buried in Germany – Clement II. The imperial city has therefore to offer not only a beautiful old town, but also a rich history. That is why it is ranked on 32nd place on the list of Germany’s 100 best attractions according to the German tourist organization. But before you go there, read this short content! 🙂
How to get to Bamberg?
In my case, the trip started in Leipzig where I spent my second Erasmus. I bought a ticket within Deutsche Bahn. The trip lasted about 3 hours in one direction with a bus transfer in some town that name I don’t remember. Tickets for round way cost 22 euros at the time of the promotion, which is unfortunately no longer in force. Therefore, the most reasonable way is to travel from Nuremberg or Munich, which can be realized within the Bayern ticket. Here you read how this Bayern ticket work.
In love at first sight!
Although Bamberg is a relatively small town, it is a bit of a walk from the city center to the main station. However, don’t get on the bus towards the center. Bamberg reveals its beauty from the beginning, so it is worthwhile to overcome these distances on the legs. All the buildings are neat and beautifully decorated with flowers. Instead of advertising, there are traditional signboards. There is no tourist crowd, but you can not say that the city is extinct! 🙂
Then we cross the Grüner Markt (green market). Its name probably comes from the sale of vegetables and fruits at this place, as suggested also the nearby Obst Markt (fruit market). We (my colleague from Norway and I) visited Bamberg in the week, so we didn’t see stalls with vegetables or fruit, so it is hard to tell whether the market is still alive here. 😀 But, there are plenty of shops, restaurants and cafes.
Water Town Hall
This is not the official name, of course, but for the first time I saw this kind of Town Hall – so I decided to name it Water Town Hall. 😀 However, it is actually called the Altes Rathaus (old town hall) and it as built in the 14th century. Residents also know him as the Town Hall of Discord, because of its interesting history that explains the unusual location on the river. At that time, the Bishop of Bamberg didn’t want to agree to the construction of the Town Hall on its grounds. He considered it as a threat to his secular authority. Fortunately, the townspeople have come up with the idea to build a Town Hall on a place not belonging to anyone – on the river. They set up an island on which they built their town hall. In addition to the magnificent Prussian outbuilding, the Old Town Hall is covered with beautiful, three-dimensional frescoes. It is decorated with sculptures of angels.
During our stay the Town Hall was under renovation. Fortunately, no part was covered by scaffolding, but you couldn’t go through the City Hall.
Among the colorful houses
We headed to the cathedral, but a little around. We looked into each of the streets so that we didn’t miss any interesting houses. There are plenty of them and everyone is different. Right next to the Town Hall is a beautiful, turquoise house. If I am not mistaken, there is a museum right now. Also don’t be afraid to turn unplanned into other streets. They all look really lovely and Bamberg is not a big city, so you won’t get lost here!
Cathedral of Sts. Peter and St. George
As I mentioned above, Bamberg is not only a fairytale architecture town, but also has a rich history which can be seen here. The historic imperial cathedral is a prove to the high position of the city in the medieval times. The beginnings of the temple date back to the 11th century and the times of Henry II – the founder of the cathedral. However, the final shape, after fires and numerous reconstructions, took up in the thirteenth century. The building represents an early Gothic style, with a large number of medieval sculptures. The interior of the church contains also a characteristic image of the cross-ribbed vault. 😀 The Cathedral is also famous for the last resting place of the imperial couple – Henry II and Kunegunda and Pope Clement II. The entrance is free!
The Neue Residenz (new residence) is a multi-storey building next to the Cathedral. Since 1602 it was the seat of the Bishop of Bamberg and replaced the Old Manor. Today, it’s a home of the State Library and the State Gallery in Bamberg. The beautiful rose garden in the new residence offers views of the St. Michael’s Church and the roofs of a nearby neighborhood. The entrance is also for free! 🙂
Walking through Bamberg
We wanted to come closer to the Michelsberg Monastery. On the way to the Monastery we passed many outstanding buildings.🙂
The Michelsberg monastery is another building, which confirms that Bamberg in the Middle Ages was an extremely important city in the region. It was created in about the same time as the Cathedral – in the 11th century. However, since the beginning of the nineteenth century, it served as a home for the elderly. Unfortunately, since 2016 the main church is closed due to renovations. I must admit that I don’t know exactly where this old man’s house is, because for me the whole place looks as though it was about to scatter. In spite of this, it is worth to walk to this place.
Fisherman’s Bastion – Little Venice
Sometimes, even a small river can create a little Venice! 🙂 This is another German city that call its part of the disctrict a little Venice. This fairy tale picture creates the river Regnitz, which flows through Bamberg. You can already see this beautiful fishing village from the Altes Rathaus. Even now, the street at which these houses are located is called Fischerei (fishing village). But the best place to admire it is from the opposite site of the river. All you have to do is find the Leinritt street, from which you can get the best view of the little Venice in Bamberg! 🙂
Bamberg and its treats
Since we have Venice in Bamberg it has to be the pizza too. 😀 As it turned out in Bamberg live a lot of italians who mainly run Italian restaurants. The fact is, there are quite a lot of them, so the fans of Italian cuisine will certainly not be disappointed. We also stopped for a pizza at one of these restaurants. But if you want to taste some Bamberg flavors, try a regional beer. This is a very aromatic smoked beer, which I didn’t have the opportunity to try, but I heard it’s tasty!
It’s all from Bamberg! I hope that my content encourages you to visit this city. 🙂
And if you already have been in Bamberg then let me know how you liked it! 😛
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