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The Bavarian town of Bamberg is located in Upper Franconia and is home to just over 70,000 people. Its postcard-perfect streets and preserved heritage make it a desirable destination for travelers wanting to experience Bavarian small-town life. With local delicacies like smoked beer, Bamberg also offers a unique trip for the gastronomically inclined. Read on to learn more about the 10 best restaurants in this quaint Bavarian beauty.
Schlenkerla is a historical smoke brewery located in the heart of the old town of Bamberg. Smoked beer is unique to this town, so you simply cannot pass through without sampling some. With award-winning brews, ales tapped directly from oak barrels, and a venue that has existed in some form since the 15th century, Schlenkerla is the perfect place to whet your whistle and try some traditional Bavarian food and drink.
Contact: Dominikanerstrasse 6, 095156060
Take a break from Bavaria and travel to Italy for a meal! Aposto’s handmade pasta and mouthwatering Italian classics will transport you to a vibrant Italian town that is conveniently only inhabited by friendly waiting staff and competent chefs. Make sure to book early because this popular Italian restaurant sees a full house almost every night.
Contact: Geyersworthstrasse 5A, +49 951 91700481
Eckerts – Wirsthaus und Esszimmer boasts one of the best views of the river in Bamberg. Though not as long-established as other Bavarian restaurants (a few can say they have existed since the 15th century) Eckerts has become a town favorite. Serving classics with a twist, be sure to stop by if you are in the mood for something wholeheartedly Bavarian yet undeniably modern.
Contact: Obere Muhlbrucke 9, +49 951 9842500
For great local food at very reasonable prices and the chance to try Bamberg’s unmissable smoked beer, stop in to Spezial. This Bavarian brewery and restaurant gives punters a perfect taste of Bamberg life; a hit with the locals, a classic menu and traditional building combine to create a place that is perfectly representative of the quaint little town it calls home.
Contact: Obere Konigstrasse 10, +49 951 24304
Rathausschaenke is a rustic inn offering Franconian food as tapas or small plates. Enjoy this unusual yet refreshingly delightful combination of the Mediterranean with the Bavarian at one of the tables outside where you will be treated to a view of the town hall and the Regnitz. This is the perfect spot to chow down on some great food and sip a cold one as the world goes by.
Opening hours: 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Watch out for: The bratwurst
Contact: Obere Brucke 3, +49 951 2080890
For a truly historic meal, look no further than Restaurant Altenburg. Located inside an ancient castle that has existed since 1109, this family-run restaurant offers memorable meals with a grandeur difficult to replicate anywhere else in the world. With clear Bavarian influences, the dishes are still refreshing and undeniably modern. Stop by for a dinner that you will not stop talking about for years to come.
Contact: Altenburger Str 1, +49 951 56828
Serving Franconian food with a smile, Hofbraeu is located in a beautiful art nouveau building and exudes a welcoming yet wholly refined atmosphere. Exotic influences collide with Bavarian classics to create a menu unlike others in Bamberg; the dining experience is one-of-a-kind, and you will struggle to find a Franconian meal that will match it. If you value food over history, then Hofbraeu should be top of your list.
Contact: Karolinenstrasse 7, 09512978774
With a strict emphasis on organic and eco-friendly produce, Kornblume is a vegetarian’s dream (though meat-eaters, you haven’t been forgotten). If you like your Franconian food fresh, fast and guilt-free, then Kornblume is perfect for you. You will leave will a satisfied stomach and clear conscience.
Contact: Kapellenstrasse 22, 09519171760
As Bamberg’s oldest wirsthaus, Zum Sternla is seeped in history. Even if you don’t have the time (or the stomach space) to sit down for a full meal, Zum Strenla has a great Brotzeit (snack) menu. If you do fancy staying longer they serve hearty portions of Franconian favorites such as Matjessosse and apple fritters. With a mainly local clientele and a welcoming vibe, Zum Strenla is a Bamberg institution and should not be overlooked if you are in search of authentic Franconian dining.
Contact: Langer Strasses 46, +49 951 287 50
As the oldest brewery in Bamberg, Klosterbraeu is a popular spot for tourists looking to learn more about the history of the town’s obsession with beer and the production of it. After sampling one of Klosterbraeu’s Franconian dishes and washing it down with an equally satisfying home-brewed ale, you will have the opportunity to join one the brewery’s tours. If you like your meals with a hearty side order of history then remember to stop by at Klosterbraeu.
Contact: Obere Muhlbrucke 1-3, +49 522 65