Is there a doctor in the house?
The earliest known date that the Altenburg was known to have existed was 1109, although it is likely that it was built on the spot of an earlier palisade castle.
First it served as what is known is German as a "Fliehburg"; that is a castle not regularly inhabited, but serving mainly for city defence as a place where local residents could flee to in times of danger.
From 1305 to 1553 it was the residence of the Bamberger Fürstbischofs (the sovereign bishops of Bamberg).
During the Second Margraves' War (Zweiter Markgrafenkrieg) of 1553, the army of Margrave Albrecht Alcibiades von Brandenburg-Kulmbach burnt the castle down to its foundations. In 1801, Bamberger physician Adalbert Friedrich Marcus acquired the decaying castle and restored it from the ground up. E. T. A. Hoffmann, who was friends with Marcus, felt so drawn to the castle that he frequently stayed for a long time in one of the wall towers during the years 1808 to 1813.
In 1818, a society for the maintenance of the Altenburg, named the "Altenburgverein e.V. Bamberg," received the castle. Today one can find in the castle a restaurant, that also manages the so-called Knights Hall. This is mostly used for festive occasions such as weddings or founding celebrations.
The imperial Cathedral of St Ptera and St George goes back to foundation by Emperor Heinrich II..who foundend the bishopric of Banberg in 1007..the first cathedral was consecrated in 1012..but. like its successor ,it burnt down..
This statue is in the cathedral near the choir, so look up when you enter and walking around!
Created by an anonymous medieval sculptor during the 13th century, the statue is a representation of a crowned, unarmed man: possibly a saint or king. The statue is believed to be a historical king and saint. Read more at
Sorry about the quality of the picture however it is the only one I have.
As I said in my hotel tip earlier this is a brewery that has accomodation too, and it's very good. Major problem for us was actually getting out of the place, twice a quick beer before we go out turned into OK we'll stop here to eat too. That tells you that food and drink excellent, good veggie choices for Mrs Bonio.
There's two rooms inside aswell as a covered drinking area on the way in and a courtyard for the good weather.
For a taste of pure nostalgia, why not tour the town in a horse-drawn carriage. The BAMBERGER KUTSCHFAHRTEN uses a real brewery "gemachlicher" team of horses to take you on a tour of old town Bamberg. The tour lasts about 90 minutes.
Tickets are available at the Tourist Information office on Geyersworthstrasse 3.
Adults - 8 Euros
Children 5 and up - 5 Euros
Children up to 4 - Free when accompanied by an adult