Bamberg is known for many things, from its world-famous smoke beer (Rauchbier) to its well-preserved old town, from its World Heritage Sites to its festivals. Laid out over 7 hills, Bamberg is one of the best cities to visit in Germany. The peaky town displays natural pride as well as historical landmarks scattered all over the city. Churches and cathedrals, museums, castles dot the city. Its pretty markets such as the Christmas Market is a lovely place to do some shopping. The Market Gardeners’ District, the Grüner Markt are great places to spend a few hours in peace. The top sites situated in each hilly part of the town offers peaceful walks. One should also try its cuisines such as the famous Bamberger Zwiebel (Onion of Bamberg) and experience one of the largest and most beautiful folk festivals at Sandkerwa. You should also spend at least a few hours in the Inselstadt (Island City) by crossing River Regnitz. here are the 10 Best Things to Do In Bamberg.
1. Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and the Ludwig Collection:
Located between the mountain and island town, the Altes Rathaus is one of the most important buildings in Bamberg that characterizes the historic city centre. It was built around 1467 on the river Regnitz. Obere Brücke, the pedestrian-only Upper Bridge is a base for starting a walking tour of Bamberg’s Old Town. It is home to the beautiful old Rococo hall and the Ludwig Collection with more than 300 exquisite 18th-century animal-shaped tureens, figurines, and dinner services made of porcelain. Next to the old town Heller Haus is a cool Wedgwood Blue house and a famous landmark.
2. Bamberg Cathedral & Diocesan Museum
Part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Town of Bamberg”, the Bamberg Cathedral is home to numerous architectural features. It houses the superb Prince’s Doorway (Fürstentor), the principal entrance and relief of the Last Judgment, the tomb of Emperor Henry II and his wife Kunigunde, the sculpture of Bamberg Horseman and much more. The Diocesan Museum is home to rare textiles, vestments, and items of clothing, numerous important artefacts and much more. From here you can visit the Theater der Schatten.
3. Neue Residenz & Rosengarten:
The Neue Residenz Bamberg was built between 1695-1704. It houses the Prince-Bishop’s residential apartments among its 40 impressive staterooms. The Gallery of German Art and the State Library can also be found here. The beautiful rose-garden designed by Balthasar Neumann is the highlight of this place. You can witness 4,500 roses in bloom each summer.
4. Schloss Seehof:
Located in Memmelsdorf, the Schloss Seehof is a castle built from 1684 to 1695. Its Baroque architecture, White Hall with ceiling paintings, chapel & sculptures in gardens are the highlights. Schloss Seehof sits in a green parkland just outside Bamberg city. It has octagonal towers, dark slated roofs, beautiful arched windows and unique triangular gables.
5. Altenburg Castle (Altenburg):
Sitting on the tallest of the seven hills, the castle of Altenburg looks over the town of Altenburg. The castle can be dated back to at least 1109. The castle offers an epic view over gorgeous green valleys and the entire city of Bamberg.
6. Little Venice (Klein Venedig)
The Island City by the river known as Little Venice or Klein Venedig is arguably the most beautiful part of the city. Steep-sloped, colourful houses with flower-box windows and little gardens dot the pretty area of the town. These buildings can be dated back to the medieval ages.
7. Alte Hofhaltung (The Old Court) & Historical Museum of Bamberg
Widely considered to be one of the finest creations of the German Renaissance, the Old Court or Alte Hofhaltung dates to the 11th century. Now the historic building houses the Historical Museum of Bamberg. It served as the Bishop’s palace in 1576. You can see the “Beautiful Gateway,” and explore the inner courtyard, its two chapels, including St. Catherine’s Chapel.
8. Obere Pfarre (Church of our Lady):
The Obere Pfarre or Church of our Lady is a high Gothic church. The church can be sated back to the 14th century and has some lovely art inside including a huge painting by Jacopo Tintoretto.
9. Michaelsberg Abbey:
Michaelsberg Abbey or St. Michael’s Abbey is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage site. The St. Michael’s Monastery is famous for the late renaissance ceiling frescoes. It is often referred to as the “herbal garden”. The place has many beautiful gardens offering amazing views.
10. Bamberger Kreuzweg & St. Martin’s Church
Bamberger Kreuzweg is the oldest preserved Way of the Cross in Germany and a must-visit for history buffs. Located in Grüner Markt (Green Market), St. Martin’s Church was built between 1686 and 1693. The only Baroque church in the area dominates the square and contains many interesting features and artefacts. You can also visit the popular market Mon-Fri, the St. Catherine Hospital and Seminary, and the Gabelman fountain with its statue of Neptune here.
Apart from these top attractions, Bamberg also has many other interesting things to offer. Including its many museums such as the Franconian Brewery Museum, the Natural History Museum, Gärtner- und Häckermuseum and the E. T. A. Hoffmanns House.
Other attractions include the statues of Igor Mitoraj Centurione I and Liegende mit Frucht – Skulptur von Botero, the Carmelite Monastery, the Lisberg Castle and city parks such as the Luisenhain park and Hainpark.