Bamberg: An ancient beauty

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Bamberg is the old imperial and episcopal city of the state of Bavaria, Germany. It is located in Upper Franconia on the river Regnitz, near its confluence with the river Main. Bamberg is one of the few cities in Germany that were not destroyed by World War II. This city owns an area of about 55km2 with a population of around 70 thousand people. Despite a small city, Bamberg takes itself pride of a long term heroic history. Bamberg used to be the capital city of the Emperor, and was inhabited by the Bishops in the 16th and 17th centuries. Here are some famous places in Bamberg which will help us understand more about this attractive destination.

 

The Old Town of Bamberg

The Old Town of Bamberg which was built in the middle of the 14th century is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage, mainly for its authentic medieval appearance. Today the Old Town Hall is used as the prestigious rococo hall and the Ludwig Collection.

 

The Old Town of Bamberg

 

Klein-Venedig

Klein-Venedig is considered as Venice’s miniature. It is a row of about 30 wooden houses which adorns one bank of the Regnitz River in the Old Town section of Bamberg. These half-timbered houses were built by the fishermen who plied their trade on the Regnitz in the 19th century.

 

Klein-Venedig, Fishing Village on the Regnitz River in Bamberg

 

Altenburg

Altenburg stands on the highest of Bamberg’s seven hills. Altenburg castle was inhabited by the Bishops between 1251 and 1553. There is whole scenery of the city from this castle.

 

Altenburg, the tallest hill of Bamberg

 

Michaelsberg Abbey

Michaelsberg Abbey or St. Michael’ Abbey is a former Benedictine monastery which went into dissolution in 1803. After its dissolution, the buildings served for the almshouse Vereinigte Katharinen- und Elisabethen-Spital, which is still there as an old people’s home.

 

Michaelsberg Abbey from the rose garden

 

Alte Hofhaltung

The Alte Hofhatung is regarded as one of the finest creations of the German Renaissance. It used to be the Bishop’s headquarters in 1671-76. The palace lies in the north side of Bamberg’s great cathedral. This half-timber pile is still impressive by its Gothic style with a large courtyard and Renaissance styling in spite of partially losing its previous glory.

 

Alte Hofhaltung- palace deeply bearing Gothic style

 

Schlenkerla

Schlenkerla, a historical rewpub in Bamberg is primarily renowned for its Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier, a brand of beer produced by Brauerei Heller. Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier is the specialty of Schlenerla because of having a special smoky smell and flavour which still exists in three different kinds: urbock, märzen and weizen.

 

Schlenkerla, most renowned for its Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier

 

Rose Garden

From the Rose Garden in the inner courtyard of the Residenz, there is beautiful scenery of Bamberg. The garden is separated in two paths with a round fountain pool in the middle and surrounded by clipped lime trees and a garden pavilion. In summer, the garden is full of aroma and colour of around 4,500 roses in over 70 beds.

 

Rose Garden in the inner courtyard of the Residenz

 

Altes Rathaus

The Old City Hall is located on the eastside of Marienplatz, near the new city hall. This original city hall first appeared in historical records in 1310.In 1867, the New City Hall was built. Both city halls had to be reconstructed after World War II, which makes the old city hall appear to be newer than the new city hall.

 

Altes Rathaus, the Old Town Hall

 

 

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