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BambergGermany

This UNESCO World Heritage riverside city is famous for its many breweries, historic architecture and live entertainment.

Bamberg is known as a “beer drinker’s Eden.” Despite being a small city, it is home to several breweries, some of which have connecting pubs. Try the local Rauchbier beer, which is characterized by its distinct smoky flavor, caused by the barley being dried over an open flame. You can watch the treatment of the barley at Schlenkerla and Spezial, two brewpubs in the city.

Bamberg as a whole is a UNESCO World Heritage listed site. Walk around the historic Altstadt (downtown) where you will see a number of interesting architectural elements. Visit Neue Residenz, a 17th-century palace displaying Renaissance and Baroque styles of architecture.

Across from the palace, you will find Alte Hofhaltung, a Gothic and Renaissance style cathedral, housing gardens and a number of historic artifacts. From there, head to Kaiserdom, a 13th-century Gothic and Romanesque structure, which illustrates examples of medieval religious art including the Bamberger Reiter, a sculpture of an unknown horse and rider.

Watch classic concerts during the summer months at the Sinfonie an der Regnitz. Or for a variety of live entertainment, try E.T.A. Hoffmann Theater, which runs everything from classic plays to modern musicals. A number of cozier theaters and stages put on more diverse but smaller performances like flamenco and live jazz. During the summer, there are a number of festivals held in the city, such as the six-day Sandkerwa in August, featuring folk displays, food, and beer.

Check out the shopping district, located around the Kaiserdom, where you can pick up local souvenirs. A variety of stores sell artwork, ceramics, cups, vases and antique watches, clocks and jewelry.

The city is located in Upper Franconia in Bavaria amid seven hills. The geography of the city is similar to Rome, and Bamberg is often called the “Franconian Rome.” Trains serve Bamberg, making for easy access to nearby cities, including express trains to major cities such as Berlin and Munich. Buses serve the city, connecting outlying quarters and some surrounding villages with downtown Bamberg.

Top Hotels in Bamberg

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
 Ibis Styles Bamberg Hotel
Ibis Styles Bamberg Hotel
3 out of 5
Lange Straße 25 - 27, Bamberg
¥10,186
per night
Apr 16 - Apr 17

Situated in Bamberg, this hotel is steps from Green Market and St. Martin's Church. Maximiliansplatz and Old Town Hall are also within 5 minutes. Bamberg Station ...

4.2/5Excellent! (179 reviews)

"Great location. Friendly staff. Breakfast was delicious, big variety."…"

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2019

Ibis Styles Bamberg Hotel
Welcome Hotel Residenzschloss Bamberg
Welcome Hotel Residenzschloss Bamberg
4 out of 5
Untere Sandstr. 32, Bamberg, BY

Located in the heart of Bamberg, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Franconian Brewery Museum, Concert Hall Bamberg, and Michaelsberg Monastery. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (525 reviews)

"Great location within walking distance of the old city. The facade was awesome and staff friendly and attentive."…"

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2019

Welcome Hotel Residenzschloss Bamberg
Hotel National
Hotel National
3 out of 5
Luitpoldstr. 37, Bamberg, BY
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
¥6,462
per night
Apr 13 - Apr 14

Located in the heart of Bamberg, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gärtner- und Häckermuseum, St. Otto Church, and Maximiliansplatz. St. Martin's Church ...

3.7/5Good! (277 reviews)

"The hotel is close main train station with supermaret nearby. Nice environment. The toilet is designed to close coulle"…"

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2020

Hotel National

Popular things to do in Bamberg

Bamberg Cathedral
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Bamberg Cathedral

5/5(26 reviews)

Learn about the local history of Old Town when you spend time at Bamberg Cathedral. Stroll along the area's riverfront or simply enjoy its breweries.

Altenburg Castle
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Altenburg Castle

5/5(6 reviews)

Find out about the history of Bamberg when you take a trip to Altenburg Castle. Stroll along the area's riverfront or simply enjoy its breweries.

Old Town Hall
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Old Town Hall

5/5(11 reviews)

Learn about the local history of Old Town when you take a trip to Old Town Hall. Stroll along the area's riverfront or simply enjoy its breweries.

New Residence
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New Residence

4.5/5(14 reviews)

Learn about the local history of Old Town when you spend time at New Residence. Stroll along the area's riverfront or simply enjoy its breweries.

Michaelsberg Monastery
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Michaelsberg Monastery

4.5/5(6 reviews)

You can learn about the history of Bamberg with a trip to Michaelsberg Monastery. Stroll along the area's riverfront or simply enjoy its breweries.

Klein Venedig
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Klein Venedig

You can find out about the history of Old Town when you stop by Klein Venedig. Stroll along the area's riverfront or simply enjoy its breweries.

Top activities in Bamberg

Vacation Photographer in Bamberg
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Vacation Photographer in Bamberg

¥27,786
Per adult

Reviews of Bamberg

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5/5 - Excellent

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Dec 4, 2019

Attractive town, with particularly outstanding and well-preserved architecture; some buildings dating back to medieval times. Most sites walkable from hotel.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 18, 2019

Great city with a beautiful walking 1500’s downtown. People are friendly as compared to similar southern german cities.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 23, 2019

The best. Germany's most beautiful city.

5/5 - Excellent

JS

Aug 16, 2019

Incredible history and beautiful architecture. Bring a camera with you!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 9, 2019

Bamberg is a jewel! I lived there for three years many years ago and I will always consider it home. My family and I return often. It never disappoints.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jul 18, 2019

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