Bamberg

Fascination. World Culture Heritage.

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Narrow alleys, cozy corners, medieval and baroque building fronts, plus a distinct romantic flair: Bamberg is a great piece of art. The city mesmerizes visitors with its largest intact old city in all of Europe and it has been a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site since 1993. Today, Bamberg is a lively art and cultural center with a long tradition of beer brewing and a thousand year history. All together this makes it a very special place to visit.

Bamberg‘s greatest asset is its incredibly rich endowment with intact and original buildings from the Middle Ages to the Baroque Era. The world cultural heritage comprises the Episcopal mountain town, the bourgeois island town, and the former gardening town.

The city is best explored on foot, at a leisurely pace. Must-see places include the Imperial Dome with its four towers, the New Residence and romantic rose garden, the Old Court, the Old Town Hall that sits in the middle of the Regnitz River, and the “Little Venice” part of town.

The cultural program in Bamberg is shaped by the world-famous Bamberg Symphony Orchestra as well as by numerous cabarets, music festivals, the impressive shadow play theater of the history of Bamberg, and the large stage of the E.T.A.-Hoffmann Theater. Many treasures of European importance are on display in the city‘s many museums. Then there are big events, such as the international magician and artisan festival “Bamberg performs magic” or the Sandkirchweih Fair which transforms the entire old town into one big happening place for five days.

Don‘t forget to visit the many, varied, small specialty stores located in the cozy old town, or the 30+ antique stores that will delight anybody collecting old things. There is so much to do and to see in Bamberg, it is a blessing that, after a hard day of exploring, you can enjoy a fresh beer at one of the ten local breweries. In the summer months, the beer cellars located on the hills are especially attractive. In the fall, it is the “Bock” variety of beer that attracts people. The cozy, comfortable brewery taverns invite for a visit year-round.

Just outside of town, there are beautiful countryside, unspoiled nature, Franconia‘s rivers and numerous nature parks, such as the Franconian Switzerland. Franconia offers a huge variety of opportunities for bicycling, hiking and water sports.

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