Located in the Market Place is the gothic church of St. Martin. Nothing that fancy on the outside, although the door and sculptures are nice, it is the inside that must be seen.This is the second Church to stand here, the first was demolished, then building this one began in 1421. St. Martin's Church, is known as a "Hall Church" and is the largest...more
This is really nice to do. I crossed the River Vil's, then walked under one of the Arches of the Stadbrille and headed towards the city centre. Is the water always calm, I really don't know, but I do know it makes for some lovely reflection photo's. A little further along was a covered walking Bridge, then there were good views of St. Martin's...more
I came across this Glockenspiel at the Stadbrille.I didn't count the bells, though have read there are 28, 27 Church bell's and one county bell. The idea of the Glockenspiel is each of the bells is representing one of the 27 municipalities of the county along with the county bell, all ringing together harmoniously. The largest bell weighs 53 kg and...more
The River Vils runs beside the Palace, and it is here where the famous "TOWN SPECTACLES" [Stadbrille] bridge is found. If you have a look at my photo, you will be able to see why it has this knickname!The Bridge was built in 1454 and was used to connect the Armoury on either side of the River. It was originally part of the town fortifications, and...more
Just across the road from the Wingershofer Gate, was the Electoral Palace (Neues Schloss), built in 1417 by Elector Ludwig III. Later, it was converted into a Fortress and then was changed again in 1603. It isn't open to the public as it now is the District Office of Amberg-Sulzbach. It is worth walking around it to view the building, and to enjoy...more
The huge St. George's Church might not look that inviting on the outside, don't let this fool you, for inside, this is one very elaborate Church. It is the oldest Church in Amberg, and was once the only Parish Church in Amberg. The Church was first mentioned in the year 1094. Building of the present standing Church, began in 1359 and was completed...more
If your following my walking tour of Amberg, then you will know I last visited St. George's Church.It was time to start heading back to the car, so I started walking towards Wingershofer Gate.My first stop and point of interest, was a very old Warehouse. It looked to have 4 levels in the roof, so was quite a big building. I wonder what it was used...more
After reaching the Vilstor, I wondered where to go. I came up with the idea to follow the walls and detour to where I saw anything interesting.Amberg has one of the best preserved city walls you will see in Germany. Funnily, the old town is knicknamed the 'ei' or "egg" as the walls surrounding the town are in the shape of an Egg.It was a good way...more
When I walked through the Vilstor archway, I came out into a very nice lawn and garden area.A Lion statue greeted me first! I loved the Daffodil's that had popped up through the grass, it made it rather pretty. I walked a little further, and came across the bust/monument of King Maxmillian Joseph 1 beside a pond, perhaps a fountain that wasn't...more
The Vilstor is another one of the four city gates into the old historical part of Amberg.This Gate Tower dates from the 14th Century. It is rather plain, but if you walk through the archway and outside, you will see the barbican which was added in 1575. This is the heavy smaller stone building on the outside wall.The Vilstor has the arms of the...more
The Stadt theater in Amberg, was built in 1803, in the walls of the original Abbey Church, that explains why it looks like a Church. In 1846-47 and in 1862/63, it was re-designed, then fire ravaged the building and it closed. Since 1978, it has been open for business, so if your looking for something to do, you may want to come and enjoy a musical...more
If there is one Church you MUST SEE in Bamberg, then it's this one - the CHURCH SCHOOL.This Roman Catholic church is dedicated to St. AugustineThe Church School is the former Monastery Church of the Salesian Sisters. The Monastery was built between the years 1692-1696, and construction of the Church in 1697. The beautiful stucco work was done by...more
I still haven't left the Marktplatz because I want to have a look at the Fountain.In 1474, the Marktplatz was the scene of a wedding feast, this was because two very important people, namely, Philip, Elector von der Pfalz and Margarete of Bavaria were married here.The fountain was erected to commemorate this important wedding.It shows the happy...more
Another interesting building located in the Market Place, is the Gothic Rathaus, first mentioned in 1348.Since then, its been added to in the 16th and 19th centuries and the western façade was remodeled.As you can see by the photo, it is a rather different looking Rathaus to many others, as it has a beautiful external stairway and balcony added...more
This colourful Church I came upon, when walking from where our car was parked, so probably a bit out of the way for the general Tourist. Known as the Paulanerkirche, "Paulaner " people came in 1652 to found a Monastery in Amberg. This they did and also a Military Chaplaincy and a Monastery Brewery. In the 1770's, this Brewery developed a strong...more
When I first set eyes on the Nabburger Gate, I thought, wow! this is going to be an interesting town - it sure was! Amberg has four city gates, the grandest is the Nabburger. Two massive towers stand beside, these were once used as dungeons. It once had a drawbridge which was lowered to allow access across the moat. Above the gate and at the top of...more
The main catholic parish church of Amberg has a prominent location between market square and Vils river. It is dedicated to the holy bishop St Martin. The nave is a late gothic hall. Its construction began in the 15th and was completed in the early 16th century. Its architectonical speciality is the gallery that runs around nave and choir: Such...more
Ruppert (Ruprecht) Pipan was the son of Ruprecht III, Elector of Palatine who was elected King of the Holy Roman Empire in 1400. Ruppert Pipan was born in Amberg in 1375. He was to be his father's heir as Elector but he died very young, at the age of 21, in 1397. He was buried behind the main altar of the parish churchThe gothic tomb of the young...more
This colourful modern sculpture was the first attraction I came across on the way from the train station into town. These two funny fellows greet everyone who is leaving Bahnhofstraße towards the station. The left one must be a cat, the one on the right is hard to identify. Use your imagination. The train station is the flat building behind them....more
It was time for a break, but where to go? We did notice an outdoor café in the Marktplatz, but we needed to find somewhere in the sun. A short walk along Georgenstrasse, across the River Vil, and there was the Schaller Bakery situated right beside the River.
It was a very busy Bakery, a good sign! We chose our food and had a coffee each, and then went outside and sat in the sun. Can't complain about anything, all good, would return if I lived closer!
Amberg's Christmas market takes place in market square between the town hall and the church of St Martin. It covers one half of the square, the other half has to stay free for the farmers market. The market is not very big and just like many others, but the setting is nice, and it is a pleasant addition to a December visit. And they have pretty Glühwein mugs!
The market begins on Friday before the 1st Advent Sunday and ends on December 23.
In Amberg, I bought some postcards to send home. Then I asked where the Post office was located to buy the stamps. The people in the shop gave me directions to this Yellow post box, and told me to buy my stamps from this. Well, we had a look, didn't know how to operate it, so alas, the postcards came home with me.!
One of Amberg's greatest attractions ever since is the Kurfuerstenbad. I used to go there a lot, when I was still a kid, as me and my friends always enjoyed our stay there. Today, this aquatic park counts with restaurant and cafeteria, an 82m-waterslide, sauna, a big pool for swimmers, and a kids' pool and many things more ... go for it!
Equipment: You need to bring your swim suit, towels, something to eat and drink and maybe flip-flops.
I had to share this with you! Near the Marktplatz, I noticed this little Bear sitting outside a shop. There he was, happily dipping his bubble wand into the bottle, then lifting his arm to blow a bubble -How cute is that?I know now, that he was advertising the Pustefix Bear," a plastic bear filled with bubble mix.more
Amberg's old town is surrounded by a complete ring of town walls with four (formerly five) gates and several towers. Entry and exit of Vils river are also heavily protected, with the wall at the exit forming the famous Stadtbrille. Even the moat on the outside is preserved in large parts. Exactly what tourists want to see... I did not walk the...more