Bamberg, Germany

Bamberg is a city in Bavaria, Germany. It is located Upper Franconia on the river Regnitz, close to its confluence with the river Main. Bamberg extends over seven hills, each crowned by a beautiful church. This has led to Bamberg being called the "Franconian Rome". Bamberg is one of the few cities in Germany that was not destroyed by World War II bombings because of a nearby Artillery Factory that prevented planes from getting near to Bamberg.

Bamberg’s Old Town is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, primarily because of its authentic medieval appearance. Some of the main sights are the Cathedral (1237), with the tombs of emperor Henry II and Pope Clement II, Alte Hofhaltung, residence of the bishops in the 16th and 17th centuries, Neue Residenz, residence of the bishops after the 17th century, Old Town Hall (1386), built in the middle of the Regnitz River, accessible by two bridges, Klein-Venedig ("Little Venice"), a colony of picturesque fishermen's houses from the 19th century along one side of the river Regnitz, Michaelsberg Abbey, built in the 12th century on one of Bamberg's "Seven Hills" and Altenburg, castle, former residence of the bishops.

Things to See & Do

* Old Town
* Rose Garden at the Neue Residenz
* “Little Venice”
* Altes Rathaus
* Alte Hofhaltung

General Information

Cruise Season – March to Dec
Currency – Euro (€) (EUR)
Language – German
Land Area – 54.58 km²
Population – 70,100 approx.
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time - GMT/UTC plus one hour
International Country Telephone Code – + 49

Port Location – The river port at Bamberg is located on the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal.

Travel Links - Most international tourists who travel by plane arrive at Frankfurt International Airport or Munich Airport. The nearest bigger airport is Nuremberg Airport which can be reached within half an hour by car or one hour by train and subway.

The InterCityExpress main line #28 (Munich - Nuremberg - Leipzig - Berlin / Hamburg) runs through Bamberg on the Nuremberg–Bamberg and the Bamberg–Hof lines. To Munich the train journey takes less than two hours. East-west connections are poorer. Bamberg is connected to other towns in eastern Upper Franconia such as Bayreuth, Coburg, and Kronach via the Bamberg–Hof line with usually at least an hourly regional service. Connections on the Würzburg–Bamberg line to the west are hourly regional trains to Würzburg, which is fully connected to the ICE network. Tourists arriving at Frankfurt International Airport will have to change trains in Würzburg to get to Bamberg or take a detour via Nuremberg.

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