Favorite thing: Outside of the five star Bamberger Hof Bellevue hotel were rows and rows of sparkling luxury cars, like huge Beamers, slinky Mercedes coupes and Italian sports cars. Every single one was brand new, and freshly waxed, and as well presented as the well dressed couples that trotted along the sidewalk outside. Every car except one, that is. Wedged in between a shiny BMW and a muscular Alfa Romeo, there was this tiny old Trabant with rust mottled beige paintwork. It was my favourite of them all.
Favorite thing: One of my favorite things about walking around in Bamberg was the life along the river. I enjoyed watching the ducks and other fowl going about their daily endeavors. I observed a female duck enjoying a “bowl” of noodles under the watchful eye of her male companion; I’m not sure if he brought her the noodles (and how did they get noodles?!). I also enjoyed the variety of water engineering systems, whether spillways, locks, small falls. There were a number of bridges that made it easy to cross back and forth over the waterways and enjoy the scenery. While I also enjoyed taking photos of the houses and buildings along the water, I am sure that on a sunny day, this would be more fun with the potential for beautiful reflections in the calmer parts of the water.
Bamberg does a pretty good job at taking care of the needs of visitors and there placement of public toilets is better than other German cities I’ve visited. These facilities are located all around town as well as in the brewery pubs and restaurants.
If you are wandering about town and feel the need to find one of these facilities, here are a couple that I came across in my wanderings:
- In the Old Imperial Palace next to the cathedral. Find the Historical Museum and walk past it and
around the corner. Look for the “WC” sign.
- On the terrace of Michaelsberg Abbey; the WCs are located down the steps before you enter the
- Next to the Tourist Information Office on Geyerswörthstrasse.
- In the Maximilianplatz near the New Town Hall.
Note: Herren = males; Damen = females.
Because the cleanliness and upkeep of public bathrooms is unpredictable, I highly recommend that travelers always carry tissues and hand sanitizer with them. Also, a selection of small change is necessary since many public bathrooms charge for their use.
Favorite thing: The card is probably worth the 9 Euro for a three day pass to get into sites and get free bus rides. The museums to go into are not the major ones, but do include Diocesan Museum at the Dom, Historic museum at Alt Palace, Ludwig haus museum, for a total 6 in total. The card is purchased at information center on Geyersworth St on the island, or at some of museum entrances.
This is really to inform you that the information center is located on the island, near the tip and by Geyersworth building, off the street named after that. the center is large and has gooo literature, plans for tours and great guides behind the counters (5-6 of them) to help out, and/or sell Bamberg card or other tickets for sites.
Fondest memory: The lovely sites and preserved buildings.
Bamberg is located on the river Regnitz, close to its confluence with the river Main. The river makes Bamberg very picturesque.
The Regnitz is a left tributary of the Main and is 58 km in length.
The river is formed by the confluence of the rivers Rednitz and Pegnitz. Small portions of the Regnitz near Bamberg are incorporated into a canal connecting the Main with the Danube: the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal, which runs parallel most of the way from Bamberg to Fürth.
You can watch my high resolution photo of Bamberg on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 49° 53' 36.80" N 10° 52' 57.75" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Regnitz.
Bamberg is one of the few cities in Germany that was not destroyed by World War II bombings.
More than 2400 listed buildings, winding lanes and an abundance of mediaeval churches make Bamberg a work of art of immense historical value.
Because of the impressively well preserved architectural ensemble in the Old Town, Bamberg was awarded the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.
You can watch my 4 min 48 sec HD Video Bavaria Bamberg along by car HD out of my Youtube channel.
You can watch my high resolution photo of Bamberg on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 49° 53' 31.78" N 10° 52' 55.47" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Bamberg roof tops from the Rose Garden.
Bamberg is a famous city in Bavaria which is located in Upper Franconia. I’ve never been in this area of Germany and was fond of it in 2009.
During the post-Roman centuries of Germanic migration and settlement, the region afterwards included in the Diocese of Bamberg was inhabited for the most part by Slavs (it was a very unexpected and interesting fact for me, haha!).
The town was first mentioned in 902 when it grew up by the castle of Babenberch.
You can watch my 5 min 07 sec HD Video Bavaria Oberfranken Heiligenstadt-Bamberg road HD part 2 out of my Youtube channel.
BAMBERG Tourismus & Kongress Service
You can watch my high resolution photo of Bamberg on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 49° 53' 29.59" N 10° 53' 14.01" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Little Venice 1.
One of the focal points of historical Bamberg is the Domplatz. It is an inspiring group fo buildings in a prominent location, one of the more impressive town squares you will visit. It has the unusual distinction of sloping at an awkward angle and is surrounded by a series of grandiose historical buildings.
From the main commercial part of Bamberg you have to ascend some stairs (pic 5).
Fondest memory: If you start at the 13th century Kaiserdom itself (pic 4), then going clockwise from there is the Alte Residenz, next to that is the Reiche Tor, and behind that is the Alte Hofhaltung, the old 15th century episcopal palace. Across the road from that is the Neue Residenz, the enormous 18th century L-shaped Baroque palace, and behind that are some picturesque views of the city center across the north east (pic 3). I just loved the curvature of some of the tiled roofs.
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.
Fondest memory: 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...".
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.
Fondest memory: 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.
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.
Fondest memory: 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.
As indicated in the "to do" tips I find architecture interesting.
Fondest memory: The artistic patterns around windows, sometimes man made, other times with nature creating tracks around the window is something to be appreciated if you are of an artistic bent as, rather obviously, I am.
These examples are from the old part of the town on the western bank and include a half timbered (Tudor style) example in pic 4 and an example of dormer windows (from the latin "dorme" meaning "to sleep") in pic 5.
Karmelitenkirche was built in Baroque style by Johann Leonhard Dientzenhofer from 1692 to 1701. In 1589, the Carmelite moved into the monastery built near the church. The Baroque facade of the church is simple. In the monastery you can see a late Romanesque cloister from the 13th century.
Fondest memory: One thing that you may overlook is the front of the church. Affixed to the wall is a small piece of metal. This was very significant in olden times because this was actually the gauge used for measurement. As usual it was the distance between something like elbow and hand of an important person so it governed how goods were transacted.
Located in the Bavaria district of Germany, on the River Regnitz BAMBERG is a World Heritage city, with one of Europe's largest intact old town centers. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the Prince Bishops of Bamberg gave the Middle Age architecture its largely Baroque appearance.
Points of interest include the wonderful Altes Rathaus, the Bamberg Town Hall with the beautiful frescoes painted on it. Actually it was one of our VT members "Bamberg" page that really enticed me to make a stop here after visiting Rothenburg on der Tauber. I didn't know much about it before. It was a bit out of our way, but sooooo worth it.