Bamberg Historic City Centre

Bamberg, Germany

Bamberg is located in Upper Franconia on the river Regnitz close to its confluence with the river Main. Its historic city center is a listed UNESCO world heritage site.

Bamberg is a good example of a central European town with a basically early medieval plan and many surviving ecclesiastical and secular buildings of the medieval period. When Henry II, Duke of Bavaria, became King of Germany in 1007 he made Bamberg the seat of a bishopric, intended to become a 'second Rome'. Of particular interest is the way in which the present town illustrates the link between agriculture (market gardens and vineyards) and the urban distribution centre.

From the 10th century onwards, Bamberg became an important link with the Slav peoples, especially those of Poland and Pomerania. During its period of greatest prosperity, from the 12th century onwards, the architecture of this town strongly influenced northern Germany and Hungary. In the late 18th century Bamberg was the centre of the Enlightenment in southern Germany, with eminent philosophers and writers such as Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and E.T.A. Hoffmann living there.

Bamberg extends over seven hills, each crowned by a beautiful church. This has led to Bamberg being called the 'Franconian Rome'.

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Founded: 11th century
Category: Historic city squares, old towns and villages in Germany
Historical period: Ottonian Dynasty (Germany)

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Kerstin Blum (6 months ago)
Visiting Bamberg is always like a mini holiday - idyllic streets, shady paths along the river/canal, historic buildings, views...
Abhishek Singh (8 months ago)
Amazing place to be. Great to visit on foot and enjoy the place around.
Sharon Babu (9 months ago)
The alte Rathaus looks like it is basically built in water. It looks pretty good and historic. The river and several bridges around it adds to its beauty. Good place to do some good photography also.
Adriana Pinzon-Malaver (9 months ago)
This is a beautiful castle, very clean, and well maintained. I wish we would've come before Covid. The town It's super cute and it has a lot of store and restaurants. Totally recommend.
mbcljm 59 (19 months ago)
Was here in 84' 85'. Walked across that bridge hundreds of times. Never failed to amaze every time. Was such a beautiful land mark and such a beautiful city to explore. Really do miss those days...
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