Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall), the most famous sight in Bamberg, sits in its own island in the River Regnitz. It is said that when the bishop of Bamberg refused to grant land for the construction of a town hall, the citizens built the island and the town hall on it. Take time to gaze at the intricate frescoes painted on the exterior of the building, and step inside to check out the Ludwig collection and the Rococo hall.
Obere Brücke, Bamberg, Germany +49 0951 2976200
Experience the lavish life that the prince-bishops lived on a guided tour of the Neue Residenz. The Neue Residenz has preserved over 40 ornate rooms, with high stucco ceilings, breathtaking paintings and artwork, and furniture and upholstery from the 17th and 18th centuries. Another jewel of the building is the rose garden in its inner courtyard, which offers a fantastic view over the city of Bamberg.
Schloss Seehof is a 17th-century palace that sits in a green parkland just outside Bamberg city and makes for a very interesting sight with its octagonal towers, dark slated roofs, lovely arched windows and unusual triangular gables. The palace houses a chapel on the ground floor, with a pretty Rococo altar. The popular palace restaurant is the perfect place to stop for a meal before continuing your sightseeing of Bamberg.
1, Memmelsdorf, Germany +49 0951 409571
Altenberg Castle enjoys a picturesque location on the highest of the seven hills of Bamberg, and offers visitors an unbeatable view over gorgeous green valleys and the entire city of Bamberg. Visit to learn about the rich history of this castle, which dates back to 1109 and has served as a residence for bishops in the 14th and 15th centuries.
Little Venice or the Island City by the river has to be Bamberg’s most adorable section. It consists of steep-sloped, colourful houses with flower-box windows and little gardens squashed together. These cute half-timbered buildings can be dated back to the medieval ages and have been lovingly preserved through the centuries.
The Market Gardeners’ District plays a pivotal part in shaping the character of Bamberg. This traditional wine-growing and agricultural expanse is preserved in honour of the producers and exporters of onions, seeds and liquorice from many centuries ago. Even today, little quarters of market gardening families can be found in this district just as they existed in bygone times.
If you are enthusiastic about beautiful ancient architecture, Alte Hofhaltung is guaranteed to appeal to you. This historic ensemble built in the 15th century has admirable carvings and sculptures and a romantic half-timbered style courtyard where festivals are sometimes held. The building also houses the Historical Museum of Bamberg, known for its great collection of art and artifacts ranging from prehistoric to modern times.
Domplatz 7, Bamberg, Germany +49 0951 871142