Bamberg: An excursion with Alsatian charm in the centre of Franconia!

Bamberg: An excursion with Alsatian charm in the centre of Franconia!

City Trip
Food highlight
photo spot
Culturally Important

Bamberg is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and is just waiting to be discovered by you. With historical beauty, cultural and culinary highlights, the old town is the ideal destination for a day trip and just a short walk from the train station where you will arrive if you are travelling to Bamberg by train.

Your journey of discovery through "Bamberch", as the locals affectionately call it, begins at the railway station, which lies to the north-east of the so-called Gardeners ' Town. This is one of three historic districts - Bergstadt, Inselstadt and G├Ąrtnerstadt - all of which are recognised as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

G├Ąrtnerstadt: an oasis of urban agriculture and historic residential culture

The Gardeners' Town is a living testimony to urban agriculture and historic residential culture with its unique gardeners' and crocheters' houses, in whose spacious gardens vegetables and fruit were traditionally grown - a practice that continues to this day. Liquorice, the basic ingredient for liquorice, has been grown here since the Middle Ages. The medicinal plant is also grated and sold as tea. Bambergers are real liquorice graters.

The perfect start to a city tour of Bamberg

On your Bamberg excursion, stroll from the railway station along Luitpoldstra├če and Obere K├Ânigstra├če. Plan a stopover at the Kerling bakery and try the traditional "Bamberger H├Ârnla". The butter croissants have been around in the imperial and episcopal city of Bamberg since the 14th century - and no local would think of calling them "croissants".

Shopping options and cultural sights in the island city of Bamberg on your excursion

Continue to the Chain Bridge, which takes you right into the historic island town, which, as the name suggests, lies on an island between two arms of the River Regnitz. The island town, sometimes also known as Bürgerstadt, is characterised by small, individual shops and is also home to the Natural History Museum and St. Martin's Church. This Catholic parish church is built in the Baroque style and features a mock dome designed by Giovanni Francesco Marchini and a Pietá from the beginning of the 14th century as special highlights.

Visit to the Old Town Hall

On the southern border of the island city to the mountain city, in the middle of the Pegnitz arm, you will come across the city's landmark on your Bamberg excursion: the Old Town Hall. Legend has it that in the 15th century, the bishop would not allow the people of Bamberg to build it, so they drove piles into the river and erected the impressive landmark on this artificial island. The colourful fa├žade, which is decorated with frescoes, is particularly striking. Today, the Old Town Hall houses the prestigious Rococo Hall and the Ludwig Collection, an impressive porcelain collection spanning more than 300 years of European porcelain art and including works from famous manufactories such as Meissen, Vienna and Nymphenburg. The collection takes its name from the married couple Peter and Irene Ludwig, who are known as art collectors and patrons and donated a significant part of their porcelain collection to the city of Bamberg.

Historic structures and impressive architecture in the mountain town

Your excursion to Bamberg continues over the bridge to the west and into the third historic district of Bamberg - the Bergstadt. The oldest part of Bamberg sits majestically on a hill and is known for its magnificent medieval structures and impressive ensemble of churches, monasteries and manor houses.

The whole of Bamberg's old town - the hill, island and gardener's town - with its numerous monuments was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. The visitor centre provides a vivid summary of everything. From the Old Town Hall, you can reach the visitor centre on your Bamberg excursion by walking south on Geyersw├Ârthplatz and crossing the Pegnitz again via the Untere M├╝hlbr├╝cke. Extra tip for the perfect photo motif: From the Geyersw├Ârthsteg, right next to the M├╝hlbr├╝cke, you have the perfect view of the Old Town Hall.

Bamberg Imperial Cathedral: the centrepiece of the World Heritage Site

We continue along Karolinenstra├če into the centre of the hill town and reach the cathedral square, which brings together architectural styles from all eras. The centrepiece of the World Heritage Site, the four-towered Bamberg Imperial Cathedral of St. Peter and St. George, is enthroned here. This architectural jewel, built in the 13th century, delights visitors with its impressive mixture of Romanesque and Gothic style features.

Mysterious equestrian sculpture from the Middle Ages

Inside the cathedral is one of the most famous sculptures of the Middle Ages, the Bamberg Horseman. This mysterious work of art, whose exact origin and meaning are unknown, is the oldest completely preserved medieval sculpture of a horseman in Germany. Take a moment to take in the magnificent building and the iconic horseman. Right next to the cathedral is the Alte Hofhaltung, a building complex where the Bamberg bishops used to reside.

Bamberg's breweries

If you start to work up an appetite on this excursion and want to eat authentically, you'll be spoilt for choice in Bamberg. There are still eleven active breweries in the city alone, such as the Klosterbr├Ąu right by the river or the Schlenkerla in the famous Sandstra├če with its picturesque half-timbered houses from the Middle Ages. In addition to the Franconian classics on the menu, both pubs also offer the infamous smoked beer, which you should definitely try! This dark, bottom-fermented M├Ąrzen beer is characterised by its unique smoky flavour, which is created by smoking the brewing malt. It is drunk - exclusively - from the "Seidla", a half-litre mug. A little tip: If you just want to try the smoked beer, order a "Schnitt" and get a Seidla with a reduced filling quantity.

The Franconian cuisine, which has its very own character in Bamberg, entices with traditional dishes such as the "Bamberg onion" - an onion stuffed with minced meat in beer sauce and, of course, the famous "Franconian bratwurst".

Relaxing in the rose garden of the New Residence

After the sumptuous meal from the Franconian kitchen, a short walk in the beautiful rose garden of the Neue Residenz will do you good. With over 4,500 roses, impressive sandstone figures and a breathtaking view of the city, the rose garden of the Neue Residenz offers an idyllic oasis above the city.

Return to the railway station with a view of Little Venice

Now it's time to think about the way back home from your Bamberg excursion: if you have travelled to Bamberg by train, it is advisable to stroll along Kasernstra├če to the banks of the Pegnitz and then walk northwards to Markusbr├╝cke. From here you have a marvellous view of the Klein Venedig district, the former fishing settlement in Bamberg's island city. The fishermen's and boatmen's cottages are not only reminiscent of the Italian lagoon city due to their proximity to the water, the Venetian flair is also emphasised by authentic gondolas - steered by real Venetian gondoliers. A wonderful sight to bring the day to a slow close.

No matter how often you visit "Bamberch": You always discover a new facet on a Bamberg excursion. Architectural splendour, its charming flair and hearty cuisine, all just a train ride away.

Luftaufnahme von Bamberg
Ufer der Regnitz in Bamberg
Bemaltes Haus in Bamberg
Regnitz mit Schiffen und H├Ąusern am Ufer
Altstadt in Bamberg
Weinberge mit Bamberg im Hintergrund
Ludwigstra├če 6
96052 Bamberg
Next station

Our tip: Please make sure to check your train connection and the expected capacity before you start your journey.

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