Old Town Hall on River Regnitz. Photo © 2016 Nancy D. Brown
When you come to Bamberg, get your picture taken on Brudermühl bridge with Bamberg’s famous landmark, the Old Town Hall, situated right in the middle of the River Regnitz, as a backdrop.
The best vantage points are taken by walking to the top of Michaelsberg Hill, where you can oversee the fantastic array of medieval roofs and the outscope of the world heritage site of the old town.
In Bamberg, outdoor lovers will want to hike or take a bike ride. Sixteen national and regional bike routes criss-cross Bamberg and take you either along even paths by the rivers, like the River Main Trail or through more adventurous trails in the nature parks surrounding Bamberg like Franconian Switzerland or the Hassberg Mountains. There are several bike rentals in town. Hiking paths are well marked and you can walk on the trail of different themes with castles, modern art, picturesque villages and lakes on the way.
After a day touring the area, the Thermal Bath of Bad Staffelstein, 15 miles north of Bamberg, is the perfect retreat for spa lovers with a huge sauna, various baths, pools and recreational areas.
If you are a museum lover, Bamberg’s museum with the exhibits most worth seeing are the Museum of the Diocese on Cathedral Hill, amongst others with a unique collection of medieval textiles and papal habits situated in the cloister of the Cathedral, the Natural History Museum with the wonderful Nature Cabinet, which constitutes a museum within the museum, and the Levi-Strauss-Museum in the birth house of the Jeans inventor.
Looking for exciting night life? Thanks to 13,000 university students there is an abundance of music pubs and bars, especially in the Sandstrasse. That’s the area where nightlife never ends.
Check out www.kultur.bamberg.de for events in Bamberg during your visit, as long as you can read German.
Spring season sees some music festivals like the Schloss Seehof Palace Chamber Music Festival in May, the Klezmer Festival in March or the beginning of the Rose Garden Serenades.
Parallel to the Wagner Festival in Bayreuth the antique store owners in Bamberg’s district of Antiques shops open their shops every year in July and August for the lovers of the old and valuable with special events, tours and shows. With about 30 stores in close proximity to another this is a must if you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind souvenir.
In the summer you should simply do what all the people in Bamberg do: go to one of the many “beer cellars”, as the beer gardens are called here and celebrate summertime with a cool beer, good company, traditional fare, and great views across the beautiful landscape. There’s no shortage of music festivals, street festivals and things to see and do in Bamberg.
Plan a visit to the brew pubs in fall when the breweries celebrate the opening of the bock beer season or visit one of the many traditional Kirchweih festivals.
Come to Bamberg for the Route of Nativity Scenes in the winter. Discover the variety of Christmas Cribs from the 1.of Advent to January 6th. Lots of scenes in the big churches are continued until the middle of February with fantastic depictions of the wedding at Cana or the Adoration of the three wise men.