The town of Bamberg Germany lies west of Beyreuth and should be on the list of places to visit for anyone going to Bavaria.
Surprisingly the town doesn’t seem to be very popular and is largely undiscovered. But, believe me, Bamberg is well worth visiting if you are in the Franconia region.
Stunningly beautiful the town is probably best known for its Gothic cathedral and is easily accessible from Beyreuth and Nurnberg.
From the photo above the charm of Bamberg should be quietly obvious. It is probably the most picturesque town in the whole of Germany never mind just Bavaria. And that is some statement considering the picture postcard quality of towns like Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Dinkelsbuhl amongst many others.
One of the most interesting buildings in the town is the Altes Rathaus (Town Hall). The oddly shaped Gothic structure resides on its own island and is certainly a sight to behold.
There are many lovely Baroque buildings in the town clustered around Maxplatz which holds a fruit and vegetable market on every day during the week.
Bamberg is built on seven hills and the Domstadt (Cathedral City) dominates the biggest of those hills. The Domstadt comprises the imposing Bamberg Cathedral and other places around the Domplatz which are a large square that can be reached by climbing up (not literally) from the Altes Rathaus.
Next to the cathedral on the Domplatz is the Alfe Hofhaltung which includes the old Diet Hall and the Ratstube which houses the Historiches Museum that charts the history of the town.
The final place to see on the Domplatz is the large Baroque style Neue Residenz built by Prince Bishop Lothar Franz von Schonborn in the late seventeenth century. The buildings frescoes are well worth seeing and there is also a small gallery of work by Luis Cranach the Elder of Kronach.
Festivals And Entertainment In Bamberg Germany
Unlike most Bavarian towns there aren’t a great many festivals in Bamberg with the biggest being Corpus Christi which is held in the summer with possessions and many of the locals dressed in traditional style.
Lovers of nightlife and Bavarian beer will find plenty to keep them amused in the town. Couple that fact that Bamberg is a university town and that it is home to ten different breweries than you have an ideal recipe for a vibrant nightlife. Add a dash of jovial tourists and there is no wonder that a night out in Bamberg is recommended.