Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Bamberg is situated in the beautiful Bavarian region of Germany. It is one of the few German cities to have escaped significant damage during World War II, and as such boasts a classic, almost storybook-like appearance. Home to roughly 70,000 citizens, Bamberg celebrated its 1,000th birthday in 1973 – an age sure to be impressive to many travelers.
Your River Cruise Ship Docks…
Bamberg is situated along the river Regnitz, which converges into the Main. River cruise ships dock near the center of town, and the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal is located nearby.
When in Bamberg…
- The Bamberg Cathedral is a Romanesque structure first consecrated in 1012. Damaged by fire in 1081 and rebuilt in 1111, the cathedral stands 266 feet in height, and is a must-see for visitors to Bamberg. Outside the cathedral is the statue, Der Bamberger Reiter (The Bamberg Horseman), though to date back to the 1200’s.
- Rauchbier, or Smoked Beer, is a local brew unique to Bamberg. The town’s main breweries have taverns where patrons can sample the local beer, or indulge in a full pint. In fact, Bamberg is home to eight distinct breweries.
- Altes Rathaus, may arguably be the most-photographed structure in Bamberg. It is situated in the middle of a bridge spanning the Regnitz.
- The Altenberg is equally-famous, having been used as a residence for Bamberg’s bishops and a prison until being rescued in 1818 and restored to its former glory. It is located atop the highest hill in Bamberg, Altenburger Berg.
- Walk. Bamberg is perfectly suited to casual strolling along its ancient streets.
River Cruisers Should Know!
- The adopted currency of Germany is the Euro (€).
- Although you’re likely to find English spoken by many in Bamberg, knowledge of basic German always goes a long way. The locals will appreciate your efforts to learn their language!