The Bamberg Tourist Information Office sells a beer tour backpack that comes with all kinds of beer tasting related goodies. For €20 the purchaser gets a beer mug, a collection of beer mats (coasters), the backpack with Bamberg logo, information booklet, postcard, and, best of all, five coupons good for free beer from almost all the breweries in Bamberg. The Bamberg TI website shows a photo of the backpack and its contents.
During our first two visits to Bamberg (both in the wintertime) we didn’t see anyone wearing these backpacks. However, on our last trip to Bamberg spring had arrived and everywhere we looked there were small groups of people all wearing them. On this trip, Hubby and I were guiding a group of 27 people through the breweries and history of Bamberg and early on we stopped at the TI Office where several in the group purchased the backpack kit. So we had the chance to get a good look at all the goodies inside and it seemed to be an excellent value. As they went about the course of the day, these people were able to just hand in their coupons for their free drinks when the time came to pay the bill.
If you are into beer and want to sample the beverages from several of the breweries in Bamberg, you might want to consider this as a souvenir. Visit the TI Office (see my Bamberg TI Office tip for hours) to purchase.
If you have visited the Bamberg Cathedral and seen the famous symbol of Bamberg, the Bamberger Reiter (Bamberg Rider), then you might just want to take home a little Bamberg Rider souvenir for yourself or for a little person in your life.
Playmobil makes a special edition Bamberg Rider toy that is sold in the Bamberg Tourist Information Center. I paid €5 for mine (and got another one for a special little someone). I thought it was a unique item and it will go well with my other Playmobil souvenir of Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer from Nürnberg, also sold in that city’s Tourist Information Center.
Information about the TI Office, its location and its hours can be found in my Tourist Information Office tip or by visiting their website.
The crowds would always deter me before the prices scare me off. The old center on Gruner Markt and Maximilian Platz has a larger number of upscale shops that I expected. They have all you need, want, or feel you could not do without
What to buy: Nothing that costs over $2
All of Kaethe Wohlfahrt shops all over Germany are eye catching to say the least. They are amazing to browse and are dressed and displayed with obvious meticulous care and attention to detail. A gift shopper's delight, you might say.
So why do I say that Kaethe Wohlfahrt stands alone? Well, in this instance, I was in Bamberg on a rainy Sunday and the only store open (and selling umbrellas) was Kaethe Wohlfahrt. This is probably one of the many reasons for the huge success of this chain of stores. I know that it is the norm in Germany for shops to close on Sunday, but what about the visitors? On this particular Sunday there was money to be made, if only the proprietors of the other stores could see that. Kaethe Wohlfahrt is on top of the heap because the proprietors are prepared to go that extra mile. Good luck to them.
What to buy: The stores are particularly well known for the amazing array of dolls of all shapes and sizes to be had.
What to pay: A little or a lot depending on what you are looking for.
If you love Christmas, you'll love the "Christmas Store" KATHE WOHLFAHRT as it's Christmas here all year long. Everything imaginable can be found here. Christmas Villages - lights - knick knacks - tree decorations - house decorations - etc.
There was also one in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, so it is obviously a chain of stores. I popped in to get some Bamberg postcards for my scrapbook.
There is a beer and beer items store at this brewery. Instead of entering the brewery go left. Signature beer is the Mahrs Ungestpundet. It is unfiltered and served from wooden kegs. They do sell this in bottles.
What to buy: We bought some beer schnaps in a decorative ceramic bottle and more beer. You purchase the beer at the window and then you give the receipt to the guy outside in the beer warehouse across from the store.
Hours daily 9:00 a.m.-11 p.m.
What to pay: Under 1 euro per beer. The schnaps was about 12.
We stopped here to get some Rauchbier to take home. They sell it in 5 l. kegs for 12 euro. We got two. It is superb beer. We picked up 3 each of their other beers.
What to buy: BEER, beer mugs, and beer related items.
What to pay: 12 euro for a 5litre keg and less than 1 euro for a 1/2 l. cold bottle of beer to go.
We came upon this when we were leaving the city. We are big foodies so we stopped to see what we needed for our pantry. It's a great store with a huge selection of wines and a full butcher counter.
What to buy: Pasta, Semolina flour, Farina, Risotto, cheese, meats, wine etc...
What to pay: A pound of pasta was around 1 euro.
The "Mohrenhaus" is a shop in a pretty limestone building that sells just about anything ... tea, clothing, accessoires, bags, bath and beauty, gardening accesssoires ... It is probably the worlds smallest department store! The house is named after the ornamental "Mohr" (= moor) on the house front.
The "Mohrenhaus" is roughly located between the inner city ("Gabelmann" fountain) and the Old Town Hall.
Welcome to catholic Bavaria! I found this sex shop in Bamberg and nearly collapsed on the street because of its name which translates as "Specialist shop for Marriage Hygiene".
What to buy: I let you decide ;)
What to pay: Dunno. I haven't been inside. I am not married, ya know?!
There was a great little beer store on the street leading to the train station from the city center. It’s convenient if you want to bring beer back home and saves lugging it such a long distance.
What to buy: They had a great selection from all the Bamberg breweries and some from around the region as well. With so many beers in town, it is good to stock up on specialty beers here rather than drink generally bottled beer while in the breweries. So, check for bock beers in particular. Don't buy too much though or you'll hang yourself carrying it in your backpack.
What to pay: For a half liter bottle, it's between 65 and 95 Euro cents. A bargain compared to US.
Bamberg's Altstadt (old town) is great for shopping, eating and hanging out. I was introduced to H&M and Zara here as well as many other European shops I had never seen before.
Shopping in the Altstadt is fun because it's really pretty, with historic buildings and geranium lined bridges and there are cheap gelato stands everywhere.
There is a pretty even mix of small shops and big chain stores if you take the time to get off the main drags.
What to buy: Check out the Lingerie section at H&M. It's just as good as Victoria's Secret, but cheaper.
What to pay: H&M is pretty cheap, comparable to the Gap or Old Navy, but there is a wide selection of shops in Bamberg, so you could go super expensive or super cheap.
On the hour, at least during the day, there is a turntable that pops out of the wall and figurines dance. Mainly a clothes store. Vogele's can be found in most towns in Germany.