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St. Michael's Monastery on the hill

Michael's Abbey was founded in 1017 by Roman Emporer Henry II, who also claimed the city in earlier years to counterbalance the power rule of the Diocese of Wurzburg. The monastery also has/had a large brewery from old days and was one of the city's finest. There are eight breweries in the city, and smoked (rauch) beer is a major development for the.

Old Palace Residence of Rulers

The city was first mentioned in 902, and by 1007, Henry II of Rome claimed the town for his heirs to use as future assets. It laid claim as the city of seven hills in order to replicate the same symbol as in Rome which is surrounded by seven hills. The university was started in 1647, and thereafter other manufacturing and rail connection brought prosperity to the city for many centuries. During WWII, it was not destroyed in bombing because the anti aircraft factory making the weapons was located here, and a big deterent to fly over and get the flack.
The city has many churches from Medieval era, and over 2000 buildings listed on the register for their ornate and preserved state.

Regnitz River Flowing

The Regnitz river is only 36 miles long and is a tributary from converging of two other rivers. It became a canal route for trade for the city.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Wondeful preserved sites around the old center- & beer
  • Cons:Distances between some places is more than a walk
  • In a nutshell:Crowds are thicker than flies on a cow
  • Last visit to Bamberg: Oct 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • IreneMcKay's Profile Photo
    Mar 23, 2014 at 5:53 AM

    Great page. Looks like a beautiful town. Irene

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Mar 18, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Bruce, interesting and very comprehensive overview of Bamberg and some of the neighbouring towns. I must admit that I have never really visited this part of Germany.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Sep 7, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    I loved reading this page and seeing the outside and insides of the Palaces and Castles. What a wonderful time you had! We loved Bamberg too, but don't think it was anywhere near as busy as when you were there!

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jul 17, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Hello, Bruce!~ Thanks for yout interesting story about this great place....

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    May 3, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    So many beautiful and wonderful things to see here. Beautiful photos too! I enjoyed the wonderful tour Bruce. Thanks again and nice page!

  • breughel's Profile Photo
    Feb 28, 2012 at 4:55 AM

    Hi Bruce, indeed international tourism ignored the Monte Argentario coast till a Costa cruise ship came too close to the Giglio Island!

    I looked with interest to your Bamberg tips. It could be a good destination (only 600 Km from my place) for a few days visit.

  • glabah's Profile Photo
    Jan 31, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    It is very good to see that a place like this has been preserved.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jan 28, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Hi Bruce, I’m glad to see you had time for a proper visit to this beautiful historic city. I have only been to Bamberg on business a few times, so I have seen the landmarks in passing but never had time for a closer look.

  • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
    Dec 20, 2011 at 7:10 AM

    wonderful page, the city i most regret not visiting on our trip to germany. great churches, love the house with the curved roof and the city hall on the river.

  • christine.j's Profile Photo
    Dec 20, 2011 at 1:38 AM

    Great tips, expecially the off-the-beaten-path ones. Did you try the Rauchbier -smoked beer? Bad luck that you happened to be there on one of the four Sunday afternoons open for shopping, malls are always so crowded then.


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