Hi everyone! This is Alex and today I’m going to tell you about my trip to Bamberg, Germany. I have been to Germany more than 10 times, and there is always something new to discover because this country has such a huge cultural and historical heritage.
I’m a professional musician and the first reason visiting Germany was the participation in the organ master – classes and competitions. And then I went there several times to visit friends, discover new places and one time I made a trip to Bayern in December because I wanted to see Germany decorated for Christmas.
But this post will be about my trip to Bamberg made in the summer. The city located in the region Bayern – in the South of Germany and the closest big town is Nürnberg. I flew to Nürnberg from St.Petersburg and stayed a few days in Erlangen by a friend. Then we went to explore Bamberg.
This city has so many interesting sight, and even several days will not be enough to see them all. Bamberg is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list, and this place of episcopal power is also called the “Franconian Rome”. But Bamberg reminds me a town from a fairy tale.
You can read about my other trip to Germany here.
This grandiose Cathedral was founded by the Roman Emperoro Henry II at the beginning of the 11th century. You can see from the outside that the Cathedral has four tower and two choirs – a Western Gothic and an Eastern Romanesque. The building boasts outstanding works of art and extraordinary medieval architecture.
Every corner of the Cathedral is decorated with carvings. Make sure to visit the tomb of Henry II and his wife Kunigunda, which was carved from Franconian limestone by the master of the Renaissance Tilman Riemenschneider. Just nearby, at the top of the pillar you will see another stunning piece of art called the Bamberger Horseman.
This sculpture was created in the first decades of the 13th century – just hard to believe how old it is. You can take a look also at the marble tomb of Pope Clement II.
This is my absolutely favorite place in Bamberg, and the pictures don’t show the whole splendor and beauty of this place! If you walk behind the New Residence building, you will see a mesmerizing rose garden. Originally this garden was designed in the Renaissance style, but later at the beginning of the18th century was decorated in a Baroque style.
There are beautiful statues everywhere, and the garden’s straight paths lead to a fountain surrounded by linden trees and benches. The balustrade offers an amazing view of Bamberg. Our guide told that the garden has 4600 roses surrounded by low – cut hedges.
This place was the highest hill in the city and in the 12th century was used as a fortification during the battles and as a refuge for the people of Bamberg. But in the middle of the 13th century the bishops of Bamberg turned it into their residence after they got this fortress as a new property.
During the war in the 16th century Altenburg was damaged and later was used as a prison until the beginning of the 19th century, when a friend of the great writer Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffman initiated the restoration of Altenburg. Hoffman loved Altenburg and often visited one of its tower.
The 33 -meter tower of the fortress offers stunning views on the seven hills and the city.
Little Venice – the Old Fishing Quarter
If you walk from the Old Town Hall along the left bank of the Regnitz River, you can find the Old Fishing Quarter. It is also called the “Little Venice”. Along the coast there is a row of houses dated back from the 17th century – it looks very picturesque.
These houses are reflecting in the river, and it seems like they are fighting for their place on the embankment. At the eastern part of the quarter there is the Altes Schlachthouse, which is partly built over water.
Saint Michael Abbey
This former Benedictine monastery was founded in 1015 and in the next century rebuilt by Bishop Otto. The towers of the Abbey can be seen from one of the seven hills. The Romanesque architecture of the Abbey survived even after the big fire in the early 17th century.
The main attraction of the Abbey is Bishop’s Otto crypt – a must see. It was created in the 1430s. The crypt has carved walls that show among others Mary, John the Baptist, Archangel Michael. The image of Otto is on the ceiling.
Where to stay
Bamberg has a lot of nice hotels offered on Booking.com, but I could recommend one, where I stayed for one night. This is the Hotel zum Goldenen Anker with the rating 8,0 on Booking.com. My room costed €55 for one night, which is a great price I think.
The Hotel is located in the historical building approximately 1km from the city center. There is a free parking next to the Hotel, which is also convenient if you are traveling by car. So, I think this town should be included in a top -10 most fascinating cities in Germany, and I highly recommend visiting it.
Written by Alex.