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Beer in Bamberg

by seoulgirl

We want to pick up some Rauschbier in Bamberg on a Sunday. Is there anything open where we can get some beers to take home?

Re: Beer in Bamberg

by christine.j

If you don't find any open stores, you can ask for bottled Rauchbier to take home when you are in a restaurant. It won't be as good as a draught beer, though.
By the way, it's RauCHbier, Rauch like smoke, and that's what it tastes like, smoked beer. It may give you a RauSCH, of course, if you have too much of it.

Re: Beer in Bamberg

by abalada

In my hometown (1/3 of the size of Bamberg) there are two fuel stations open 24 hours. They both have a small supermarket - which are to 50% actually beverage markets. I'm pretty sure you'll find such places also in Bamberg where you can stock beer "kastenweise" if you like.

Re: Beer in Bamberg

by Turtleshell

> Everything is closed in Germany on Sunday except a few corner shops in the train
> stations or airports.

The corresponding law falls within the legislative rights of the states (Länder) and therefore differs. Depending on where you are, almost everything can be closed with the exception of fuel station, restaurants, pharmacies, bakeries and shops at stations or airports.
Or you can be lucky and find a shopping mall with some 30+ shops that open on the respective Sunday.

Speaking in general terms, we have a 6x24 rule in Germany: Shops are allowed to open for 24 hours from Monday to Saturday. Additionally, there can be 4 open Sundays every year.

Bamberg, however, is a town in Bavaria, and Bavaria, notorious for close ties to the Roman-Catholic church, did not chance the law. Small town + Bavaria = basically everything closes on Sunday.

Re: Beer in Bamberg

by seoulgirl

Well, thanks. I live in Germany and know what is usually closed. I was hoping that someone from Bamberg would know some inside tips.

Re: Beer in Bamberg

by lotharlerch

I was not in Bamberg for ages but I think you may get bottled Rauchbier to take home at the famous "Schlenkerla". Since they brew it quite at the spot they may be able to sell it bottled as wel.

Re: Beer in Bamberg

by MichaelFalk1969

I lived there for a while. It should not be a problem to get Rauchbier by the bottle in the "Schlenkerla" or else maybe in some of the hotels. Usually they offer some typical Bamberg souvenirs for sale for their guests, that might be an option. Check my Bamberg page, iy you like, one of my favourite German towns.
Best regards

Re: Beer in Bamberg

by seoulgirl

Well, I found out the answer to my question. So, I will post it in case someone else needs beer on Sunday. Brauerei Fasssla (8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.) and Brauerei Spezial (9 a.m.-11 p.m.) are open on Sunday. Beers are cold when you buy them and you can get a 5 litre keg of smoked Rauchbier from Spezial for 12 euro. Brauereiausshand Schlenkerla is open from 9:30 a.m. til 11 p.m. Ambrausianum is open and Kosterbrau is open too. Seems like they are all open. Mahrs Brau is open 9 a.m. -11 p.m.

Re: Beer in Bamberg

by christine.j

Thank you for telling us. Are you going to write a tip about it on your Bamberg page, so that this information won't get lost in the forum?

Re: Beer in Bamberg

by seoulgirl

Hello. Yes, I am working on it. I have a few things written.

Travel Tips for Bamberg

General Info

by Redang

Tourist Office
Geyerswörthstraße 3
96047 Bamberg

- Tel.: +49 (0) 951/2976200
- Fax: +49 (0) 951/2976222

- (several languages)
- E mail:

The Bamberg Rider (Bamberger Reiter)

by iandsmith

The Bamberg Rider has become one of the popular icons of German medieval art. The figure, horse, and plinth (base) are made of seven pieces of sandstone and represent a considerable technical achievement, although the rider's specific identity is uncertain. The original coloring was purposefully removed in the early 1800's on the orders of the Bavarian King, Ludwig I. Originally, the Bamberg Rider sat on a white-gray horse; the harness was gilded in gold. His robe was basically yellow, and over this his cloak had a alternating orange and dark red pattern enhanced by silver colored tin foil. The hem of the cloak and robe, the crown, belt and stirrup belts were gold leaf. The face was very light skinned, and in the eyes the pupils and borders of the iris were painted black.
Stylistically the figure resembles Philip Augustus at Reims and other proposed identifications include Henry II or another German ruler, Constantine, the first Christian emperor, and King Stephen of Hungary (997-1038), who was married to Henrich II's sister Gisela. In addition to the dynastic connections, the original coloring of the statue, which gave a dark brown or black color to the rider's hair, suggests it might be King Stephan as well. King Stephan is also represented standing larger than life next to the statues of Heinrich and Kunigunde (Kunegunde), at the left side of the entrance to the cathedral, the Adamspforte. King Stephan later became Saint Stephan in 1083, and most of the identifications of the Bamberg Rider suggest the concepts of saintly ruler, church foundation, an association of secular and religious power, so important in the imagery at Bamberg Cathedral. There are significant parallels between the Bamberg Rider and a slightly later Magdeburg Rider. But unlike the Magdeburg Rider, the Bamberg Rider is not freestanding and may have always had an interior placement.
The Bamberg Rider is presently positioned on the north pier in the entrance to the east choir. He sits firmly on his horse looking away from the wall with the reins in one hand and the strings of his mantle and the other and seems to embody the knightly virtues so important in the medieval domestication of those who fight.
Bamberg Cathedral continued to receive sculptural embellishments during the later Middle Ages. Wooden sculpted choir stalls dating from around 1380 were originally present in both the east and the west choirs of the cathedral. A frieze of Henry II and Kunigunde (Kunegunde) appear in the decorative program of the choir stalls along with saints, profits, and a collection of hybrid creatures. Tillman Riemannschneider sculpted the tomb of Henry II and Kunigunde (Kunegunde) between 1499 and 1513. Originally located in the east end of the nave, it consists of effigies of the emperor and sat on a tomb chest decorated with narrative panels of their lives, drawn mostly from the Golden Legend of Jacobus de Vorragine. A virgin altarpiece of 1523 by Veit Stoss, originally made for a Carmelite convent in Nuremberg, was subsequently transferred to Bamberg by Stoss' son during the reformation.
Most of the interior walls are bare today, because Ludwig I stripped off the medieval paintwork in the 19th century.

More street views

by balfor

Bamberg, if you removed the cars and the power lines, looks like it could have been transplanted from the 17th century. It is filled with amazing buildings and narrow cobblestone streets wandering as the hillsides dictate!

Have a break

by german_eagle about Cafe Rosengarten

This cafe is the perfect place for a break during your exhausting sightseeing tour of the churches etc. It is located in a wonderful garden, offering great views of the town and the St. Michael convent on the hill vis-a-vis.

It is a charming cafe with a nice terrace, open in summer season only (May-Oct). any cake and tea.

St Gangolph's Church.....

by Maryimelda

The Luitpold-Strasse leads from the station to the town. In the St. Gangolph-Platz, on the left, is the church of St. Gangolph founded in 1063. It was originally Romanesque, with a Gothic
choir, but was disfigured by alterations over the years. In the chapel in the N. transept, behind the altar, there is a crucifix with a draped and crowned lifesize figure of Christ at rest.
Unfortunately the church was closed when I was there so the photos I have are all of the outside of the building. As much as I was disappointed that I could not go in, there was some very interesting statuary on the outside in small grottos around the base of the building.


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