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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

Events

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:

www.bamberg.info

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Events

During the Christmas season, the marketplace at Maximiliansplatz in Bamberg's pedestrian zone is filled with pre-Christmas magic. In the heart of the Old Town with its illuminated and decorated shops and streets, the irresistible aroma of grilled bratwurst, roasted almonds, mulled wine and lebkuchen fills the air. Toys and baubles hang from the market stands, selling Christmas fare, hand-crafted gifts, decorations and much more. At the end of the market lanes, the large nativity scene dominates the square, comprising a Franconian half-timbered house which depicts different scenes as the weeks progress.

Upcoming dates:

26.11.2019 - 23.12.2019

from 09:30 to 20:00

Venue

Maximiliansplatz
Maximiliansplatz 3
96047 Bamberg
Fon: 0951/87-0

Organiser

Maximiliansplatz 3
96047 Bamberg
Fon: 0951/87-1263
jessica.heger@stadt.bamberg.de

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.
Bamberg's magnificent old quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage site, provides the perfect backdrop for this beautifully illuminated Christmas market. The medieval Christmas market in the Alte Hofhaltung ensemble you back to a bygone age. On the Bamberg Nativity scene trail, exquisite examples are displayed at around 37 locations. You will leave Bamberg with some unforgettable impressions.

Upcoming dates:

28.11.2019 - 23.12.2019

Venue

Maxplatz
Maximiliansplatz 3
96047 Bamberg

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.

Bamberg becomes the City of Nativity Scenes with around 35 nativity scenes and Christmas Cribs in churches, museums and different locations throughout the city centre.

Upcoming dates:

30.11.2019 - 06.01.2020

Venue

Bamberg Altstadt
Geyerswörthstraße 5
96047 Bamberg

Organiser

Bamberg Tourism & Congress Service
Geyerswörthstraße 5
96047 Bamberg
http://www.bamberg.info/krippen

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.

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