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About Bamberg

The medieval city of Bamberg is situated on the Regnitz River, which flows into the larger Main River less than two miles away. The city is located around 40 miles north of Nuremberg and 60 miles east of Wurzburg, and these two cities commonly sandwich Bamberg on river cruise itineraries which explore the Rhine and Main. The layout of the town over the seven hills offers attractive views of the neighbouring scenery from some areas within the city limits, over towards the foothills of the Steigerwald National Park. The earliest recorded mention of Bamberg was in the early 10th century and the town has a rich history populated by major events such as the 17th-century witch trials and the Bamberg Conference which Hitler convened in 1926. Nowadays, it is an altogether more peaceful destination with an effortlessly relaxed atmosphere.

Exploring Bamberg

Bamberg is populated by a wealth of beautifully preserved buildings which have led to the city centre being designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is built over seven hills, atop each of which is a church. This leads to comparisons to Rome, something which Bamberg prides itself on. Indeed, a lot of the charm of Bamberg comes from its medieval architecture, making the city a delight to explore on foot.

Bamberg Cathedral, or the Dom, originally built in 1007 before burning down twice and being completed in current form in 1237, offers fine examples of both Romanesque and Gothic architecture. It’s impossible to miss and dominates the skyline, boasting no fewer than four lofty towers at each corner. The Church of St Martin meanwhile, is another popular architectural attraction and is the city’s only church to be built in the baroque style, while St Michael’s Monastery offers some beautiful interiors and impressive views of the city. One of the most interesting and unique buildings to see in Bamberg, however, is the Rathaus, or City Hall, which is located half-way across the Obere Brucke bridge and which houses a royal library and various collections.

A little way out of the city centre itself lies another of Bamberg’s most celebrated attractions the Altenburg. If you’re feeling active, you can reach this fascinating hilltop castle on foot by way of a scenic trail or by taking a taxi, though some excursion operators offer city tours which also call at the castle. Most of it has been rebuilt over the years and despite not being one of Germany’s most ancient castles, it is a delight to explore and is an excellent piece of architecture in its own right.

Bamberg tips

When it comes to the local brew, Bamberg is known for its smoked beer, with no fewer than eight different breweries in the town. Though beer-lovers’ tastes can vary, it’s definitely worth sampling the local Rauchbier when you pay the city a visit, whether you’re an aficionado or not.

Bamberg Itineraries

Budapest

Grand European Tour - Amsterdam to Budapest

31 sailing dates May 2019 to November 2020
14 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Hungary , Budapest
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Würzburg

Europe's Rivers & Castles -Nuremberg to Luxembourg

15 sailing dates June 2019 to October 2020
7 Nights From Nuremberg, Germany to , Luxembourg
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Regensburg

Magnificient Europe - Amsterdam to Budapest

11 sailing dates May 2019 to May 2020
14 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Hungary , Budapest

Includes direct flights and overseas transfers

AmaWaterways logo FROM £5099pp
Bamberg

Grand European Cruise - Eastbound

3 sailing dates June 2019 to August 2019
23 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Romania , Bucharest
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Amsterdam

15 Day Magnificent Europe - Budapest to Amsterdam

3 sailing dates May 2020 to October 2020
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Bamberg

Magnificient Europe - Budapest to Amsterdam

7 sailing dates May 2019 to May 2020
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Amsterdam, Netherlands
AmaWaterways logo FROM £4969pp
Bratislava

Amsterdam to Budapest by Riverboat - Southbound

10 sailing dates June 2019 to April 2020
14 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Hungary , Budapest
Tauck logo FROM £5529pp
Amsterdam

Jewels of Europe with Alpine Highlights

1 sailing date May 2020
21 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Zurich
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Melk

Jewels of Europe with Alpine Highlights

4 sailing dates May 2020 to August 2020
21 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Zurich
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Regensburg

Paris to Berlin

5 sailing dates May 2020 to August 2020
23 Nights From Paris, France to , Berlin
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Bamberg

Munich to Amsterdam

1 sailing date May 2020
19 Nights From Munich, to Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Budapest

Paris to Budapest

27 sailing dates March 2020 to October 2020
17 Nights From Paris, France to Hungary , Budapest
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Bamberg

Paris to Prague

23 sailing dates March 2020 to October 2020
20 Nights From Paris, France to , Prague
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Bamberg

Budapest to Paris

14 sailing dates May 2020 to October 2020
17 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to France , Paris
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Melk

Prague to Paris

12 sailing dates May 2020 to October 2020
20 Nights From Prague, to France , Paris
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Vienna

Amsterdam to Berlin

1 sailing date May 2020
20 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Berlin
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Rudesheim

Amsterdam to Berlin

4 sailing dates May 2020 to August 2020
20 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Berlin
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Bamberg

Strasbourg to Tulcea

1 sailing date April 2020
20 Nights From Strasbourg, to Tulcea
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Passau

Strasbourg to Tulcea

1 sailing date April 2020
20 Nights From Strasbourg, to Tulcea
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Cochem

Trier to Bamberg

9 sailing dates June 2019 to October 2019
7 Nights From Trier, to Germany , Bamberg
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