There's a bear in there - Altenburg
We were actually on a hill and looked across and saw the castle so we decided to wander over. The trail took us through some lovely woods (pic 4) before we reached Altenburg and then through farmers' fields after our visit (pic 3). Frankly, it was worth the effort just for the scenery alone. From 1952 to 1982, a brown bear named Poldi lived in a "Zwinger" (a small enclosure) in the Altenburg castle. The Zwinger is still there, but today only houses a stuffed bear and it's a sad sight when you realise what the poor bear had to put up with. Still, I suppose he was fed and cared for.
In pic 2 you will note that Rosemarie is pointing out an etching in the brick. This was made by the worker who made them. In pic 5 you will see various coats of arms that we came across over a portal.
It sorted of reminded us of home and a famous Aussie TV show for kids that starts off, "There's a bear in there...".
FRESCOES ON THE ALTE RATHAUS
I tried to find out more about the wonderful FRESCOES ON THE ALTE RATHAUS but to no avail. All I know is that they are beautiful, whimsical and colourful. You can't help notice the chubby little cherub leg sticking out on one side of the fresco. Someone with a little humour.
Wonders of Bamberg
In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.
Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC)
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
Albert Camus (1913 - 1960)
There is a harmony
In autumn, and a lustre in its sky,
Which through the summer is not heard or seen,
As if it could not be, as if it had not been!
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792 - 1822)
continue the history lesson
Another 16th century gem of a pub with the typical dark wood interior and lots of local ambience. Great food but overwelmed by the variety of beers all made on the premises, including the 'Achd Bamarcha Schwarzla,' a Bamberg dialect for 'real Bamberg black.' They also have one of the best bock beers in Germany as well as a tasty brown beer. All are worth trying and if you do, you will probably need some food to 'wash it all down.' ;>
Cathedral (Dom) St. Peter and St. George
The cathedral is - beside those of Speyer, Mainz and Worms - one of the most important medieval buildings in Germany. Main parts were built 1215 - 37, the spires of the towers were added in the late 18th century.
The oldest parts show late Romanesque style - modelled after those famous cathedrals in the Rhine area - , the latest are obviously early Gothic, strongly influenced by the cathedral of Laon (France).
- Fürstentor (North Portal), the most magnificently decorated portal (late Romanesque)
- The tomb of Emperor Heinrich II and his wife Kunigunde (1513), a fantastic work of Tilman Riemenschneider
- Bamberger Reiter (Horseman of Bamberg) - 1235 by an unknown sculptor, one of *THE* sites of German medieval art
- The embossments to both sides of the Eastern choir (1220 - 30)
- The tomb of Pope Clemens II (1047, former bishop of Bamberg), the only grave of a pope in Germany
- The altar of St. Mary by Veit Stoss (1523), unfinished due to the beginning reformation
... and many more ...
Don't miss to see the cloisters, a peaceful place.
Opening hours of the cathedral: daily from 9.30 to 18.00 (summer) or 16.00 (winter)