The Romantic Road - Bamberg, Germany

Der Bamberger Reiter / The Bamberg Rider, the symbol of  Bamberg, Germany.
Der Bamberger Reiter / The Bamberg Rider, the symbol of Bamberg, Germany. | Source

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Bamberg is located in the region of Franconia in the state of Bavaria in Germany. It is located on the Regnitz River near where it flows into and converges with the Mainz River, It is approximately 63 kilometers northeast of Wurzburg, Germany, but is considered on the Romantic Road. Like Wurzburg, Bamberg is a very Catholic city and the Bishops of Wurzburg gave Bamberg its own diocese, and therefore, it has its own cathedral(new) which was consecrated in 1062. I know, the year 1062 is considered new? Well, medieval times were considered "new" in Germany, because it has such a long history of Germanic peoples, the Goths, Visigoths and other "old" tribes that inhabited it early on. Because Bamberg is a Catholic city, Prince-Bishops ruled Bamberg as they did in Wurzburg.

The cathedral of Bamberg is of Romanesque architecture with four grand towers, founded in 1004 by Emperor Henry II. Tilman Riemenschneider traveled from Wurzburg to Bamberg to carve the marble tomb of Henry and his wife. It was carved between 1499-1513. Also sculpted at the cathedral is The Bamberg Horseman (Der Bamberger Reiter), an equestrian statue that serves as the symbol of the city. (Pictured above) Visitors to Bamberg always seek out the Bamberg Rider for the good luck he is supposed to bestow on all who seek him, out so don't miss looking for him at the cathedral.

Bamberg is considered the "Venice" of Germany with the charming city sitting on both sides of the Regnitz River and the Old Townof Bamberg on an island in the river. It is an unusual layout for a town, but it certainly adds to the charm and enchantmentof the city. On land, Bamberg extends over seven hills, and each hill having its own church. Bamberg is very proud of its similarity to Rome and her seven hills. The Old Town of Bamberg is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage city, because of its medieval appearance.

Bamberg, like Wurzburg, also has the Neue Residenz (The New Palace 1698-1704) which was the seat for the Prince-Bishops of the city. Don't miss the Rosengarten (Rose Garden) which overlooks the city and has a fabulous view.

The Altenburg, which is the castle in Bamberg, was the residence of Bamberg's bishops before the New Palace was built. It became a prison after the New Palace was built and today it has been turned into a restaurant with a beautiful view of Bamberg. Be sure to eat in it if you can - it is worth the view and the experience of eating in a real castle - and the German food isn't bad either. It is a smaller, beautiful and charming castle that I saw for the first time as the snow was softly falling on a winter day. It was covered completely in snow and I was searching for a Snow Queen that day, as that who was what seem appropriate to find in the castle. It is another castle you don't want to miss seeing on the Romantic Road.

The Atleburg in Bamberg is the castle that has a restaurant and a gorgeous view of the city.
The Atleburg in Bamberg is the castle that has a restaurant and a gorgeous view of the city. | Source

I mentioned that Bamberg had seven churches, one on each of Bamberg's seven hills. Of these churches the one to see and not to miss is the Michaelsberg Abby, in which the church is ensconced - the Michaelskirche. Today it is a museum with municipal and regional art collections that are a treasure to see.

Also, check out the Obere Bruke (completed in 1455) which is one of the original bridges in Bamberg. Halfway across the bridge on its own island is the Rathaus, or the city hall which was built from 1744-1756.

The Rathaus, or city hall, built on the middle of the Obre Bruke, one of the original bridges in Bamberg.
The Rathaus, or city hall, built on the middle of the Obre Bruke, one of the original bridges in Bamberg. | Source

Bamberg - a true beer town

And if you like beer tasting and beer gardens, Bamberg is the city to see. Bamberg is a beer town with eight breweries. It is best known for its smoked beer called Rauchbier, and as far as I know Bamberg is the only place to try this beer. I'm not a beer drinker so I've never tried it, but for beer enthusiasts, I'm sure it's something you don't want to miss.

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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

This sounds like it would be a beautiful town in Germany to visit. Thanks for the hub about this interesting sounding site of Bamberg.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, they are so ancient looking! amazing history, and I would love to visit, and to eat at the Alteburg would be an amazing experience, rated up! fascinating! cheers nell


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suzettenaples 5 years ago from Taos, NM Author

PeggyW: It is beautiful, a little smaller than Wurzburg, but just as interesting, I think. Thanks for reading and commenting. I enjoyed your input.

Hi Nell: Thanks for reading and for your comments and voting up. I know, to have lunch or dinner in a real castle is always a special experience for me!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi suzette, Bamberg sounds simply beautiful, If I mention the breweries to my hubby, it may just convince him we should visit!

I visited Bavaria about 15 years ago and visited a castle, I can't remember the name of it, but I am sure it was where they filmed Chitty, Chitty bang bang, it was just fabulous!

Thank you for sharing a great hub and voting up.


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suzettenaples 5 years ago from Taos, NM Author

You were at Neuschwanstein Castle of Mad Ludvig II, I believe. I'll be writing a hub on that one soon. I think it is Germany's most famous castle. My problem is, I love all the German castles, and the one's I'm writing about are just a drop in the bucket as to what you find all over Germany. Well, beer and wine are so ingrained in the German culture, I just have to mention it. Promises of breweries are one way to get the men to take us to lunch at the castle. lol - we always have to be thinking!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi suzette, yes that's the one! I will look forward to the hub!

Many thanks


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suzettenaples 5 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Yes, my Romantic Road series will end with Neuschwantstein, probably the most famous castle in Germany and around the world.


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StayPos 5 years ago from Florida, USA

suzettenaples,

Terrific Hub! I confess I'm a little biased especially after reading the great references about Wurzburg, my place of birth :-)

I spent 4 months in Karlsruhe ( another beautiful city ) last year and love to visit Germany!

Thanks for sharing! Voted Up and Awesome!


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suzettenaples 5 years ago from Taos, NM Author

You were born in Wurzburg? I lived there in the early '80's. I was a teacher for the Department of

Defense schools. I also have a hub on Wurzburg you'll have to read sometime. I love this area of Germany also and I know Karlsruhe. Small world! I just had to write about the Romantic Road and share this lovely area with everyone. And, of course, I'm into castles.


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

Wow, The Rathaus is amazing!!!! Another place to put on my "to do" list. Voted up and Shared :)


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Cassy: You will love this town. The Rathaus is actually on its own little island! Can you believe it! And, it has the most charming and romantic castle nearby. I'm so glad you enjoyed this and thanks for the share!


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

I would love to visit--this is one of the towns on the romantic road that we did not visit when we were there last--now I am sorry I missed it


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Daniel1137 2 years ago from Athens, Georgia

Just getting around to reading some of your earlier hubs. I enjoyed it. I visited Bamberg many years ago but did not get the chance to sightsee. Maybe next time.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Audrey: Thank you so much for reading this. It is one of the lesser known cities on the Romantic Road. but it is so charming and enchanting. I was there in the winter and it was like a beautiful winter wonderland. I love this city. Thanks so much for you comments and your visit. Most appreciated.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Daniel: It is a beautiful and charming city and one of my favorites on the Romantic Road. Another reason to return to Germany! LOL! Thanks so much for reading this. I wrote a whole series of hubs on the cities I had visited on the Romantic Road when I lived in Germany. I haven't seen them all, so I have a reason to return also. I love Germany and it will always be my 'home away from home!' Thanks so much for taking the time to read this and for your comments. Most appreciated.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Suzette, whenever I read one of your amazing travelogs I get the urge to get my suitcase out of mothballs.:) There are still some truly beautiful places left to see. Another exceptional hub, great images.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Hi Jo: I am so glad you enjoyed reading this. I lived in Germany and I want to share it with my readers. I do hope you visit Bamberg one day - it is a beautiful and interesting city full of much history.

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