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Bamberg Old Town

Bamberg Old Town

A centre of imperial and episcopal power for almost a thousand years, and often referred to as the Rome of Franconia, Bamberg stands on seven hills surrounded by beautiful countryside. Dominated by its imperial cathedral, the town is a unique and superbly maintained masterpiece of urban design, uniting medieval and baroque architecture.

Bamberg's well-preserved old town comprises three historical districts – the episcopal town, the island town and the market gardener's town. All three are part of the UNESCO World Heritage site and provide a fascinating example of how central European towns were built up around the basic layouts established in the early Middle Ages. Bamberg was given special status as far back as 1007, when Heinrich II was building the town into a centre of episcopal and sovereign power, making it the centre of the newly founded diocese and turning it into a second Rome. Five churches in the form of a Latin cross mark the layout of the town. The historical townscape features numerous monuments from the 11th to the 18th century and some 1,200 architectural monuments. With its four towers, the imperial cathedral of St. Peter and St. George is the most prominent building. Inside are the Bamberg Rider, a priceless masterpiece of consummate simplicity; the tomb of Pope Clemence II, the only papal grave in Germany; and the tomb of the Emperor Heinrich II and his wife Cunigunde. Domplatz (Cathedral Square) is bordered by the impressive baroque New Palace and the Alte Hofhaltung Palace. Other highlights include the Brückenrathaus, the rose garden with a view of the old town, the tanners' cottages by the old canal, the mill district and the fisherman's village known as Little Venice. And then, what with this being Bavaria, there is Bamberg's beer. This is where you'll find the famous smoked beer, which, along with other distinctive brews, is best sampled on one of the special Beer Tasting Tours, which will take you to various bars and breweries in the town.

Opening times, tours and tips

Tips for your visit

Guided tour: 'Fascinating World Cultural Heritage': daily at 2pm; also at 10.30am from March to December

Free organ recital in the cathedral: May to October, Saturdays at 12 noon

Market Gardeners' Museum in Bamberg with self-guided tour and viewing platform


23 April: Beer Day: public tasting of beer from all Bamberg's breweries on Maxplatz square in the old town

Christmastime: "Bamberg Nativity"- around 400 Nativity scenes spread across 40 locations in museums, churches and public buildings and on town squares

Further information:


Just below Cathedral Hill is the antiques quarter of the world heritage city of Bamberg. Here, in the historical baroque centre of town, the art and antiques dealers offer valuable art in the personal atmosphere of their galleries, all based in listed historic buildings. The annual exhibition of the art and antiques dealers takes place on a total of 4000 square metres of exhibition space.

A wide spectrum of national and international art and art craft from seven centuries is on offer. Exhibition space is not in a fair hall on the outskirts, but in the galleries in the centre of one of the most beautiful historical cities of Germany. Every trader is an expert in his field and will offer free estimations and consulting advice on restoration works.

Lähenevad kuupäevad:

22.07.2019 - 22.08.2019

Ürituse toimumiskoht

Bamberg Altstadt
96047 Bamberg
Fon: +49 (0) 175 2468806

Ürituse korraldaja

Fiona Freifrau Loeffelholz von Colberg
Eichenauerring 13
96123 Litzendorf
Fon: +49 175 2468 806

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Chamber Concert Festivals at Schloss Seehof Palace 2019
For many years now, the former summer residence of Bamberg's prince bishops has been hosting the Chamber Concert Festivals at Schloss Seehof Palace in spring and summer. The ensemble in residence is the Bamberg String Quartett, further concerts feature members of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and renowned guest artists.

Lähenevad kuupäevad:

06.09.2019 - 08.09.2019

Ürituse toimumiskoht

Schloss Seehof
Schloss Seehof 14
96117 Memmelsdorf

Kõik andmed hindade, kuupäevade ja lahtiolekuaegade kohta esitatakse ilma vastutuseta nende andmete õigsuse eest.
The most exquisite concerts in the beautiful setting of the Rose Garden of the New Residence
The baroque Rose Garden forms the perfect backdrop for a particularly special musical experience. On selected Saturdays between July and September, reputed ensembles gather in Bamberg for a festival of classical music.

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Ürituse toimumiskoht

Rosengarten Bamberg
Domplatz, Neue Residenz
96049 Bamberg

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