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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

Vienna

Grand European Tour - Budapest to Amsterdam

2 sailing dates November 2019 to April 2020
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Amsterdam
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Melk

Grand European Tour - Amsterdam to Budapest

23 sailing dates October 2019 to November 2020
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Hungary , Budapest
Viking Cruises logo FROM £2795pp
Cochem

Europe's Rivers & Castles -Nuremberg to Luxembourg

10 sailing dates August 2019 to October 2020
7 Nights From Nuremberg, Germany to , Luxembourg

LIMITED TIME ONLY! FREE flights on 2019 sailings plus HUGE savings!

AmaWaterways logo FROM £1939pp
Melk

Magnificient Europe - Amsterdam to Budapest

5 sailing dates August 2019 to May 2020
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Hungary , Budapest

LIMITED TIME ONLY! FREE flights on 2019 sailings plus HUGE savings!

AmaWaterways logo FROM £5099pp
Rudesheim

Grand European Cruise - Eastbound

1 sailing date August 2019
23 Nights From Amsterdam , to Romania , Bucharest
Tauck logo FROM £12499pp
Amsterdam

15 Day Magnificent Europe - Budapest to Amsterdam

1 sailing date May 2020
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Amsterdam
APT Cruising logo FROM £4199pp
Nuremberg

Magnificient Europe - Budapest to Amsterdam

3 sailing dates August 2019 to May 2020
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Amsterdam

LIMITED TIME ONLY! FREE flights on 2019 sailings plus HUGE savings!

AmaWaterways logo FROM £5099pp
Bratislava

Amsterdam to Budapest by Riverboat - Southbound

5 sailing dates September 2019 to April 2020
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Hungary , Budapest
Tauck logo FROM £5529pp
Bamberg

Amsterdam to Vienna

2 sailing dates April 2020 to May 2020
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Austria , Vienna
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Miltenberg

Amsterdam to Budapest

1 sailing date April 2020
18 Nights From Amsterdam, to Hungary , Budapest
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Budapest

Jewels of Central Europe - Remich to Budapest

6 sailing dates September 2019 to October 2020
14 Nights From Remich, Luxembourg, to Hungary , Budapest
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £5079pp
Bamberg

Nuremberg to Amsterdam

10 sailing dates September 2019 to September 2020
7 Nights From Nuremberg, Germany to , Amsterdam
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Wertheim

Amsterdam to Nuremberg

4 sailing dates August 2019 to September 2019
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Germany , Nuremberg
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Miltenberg

Imperial Europe - Vienna to Amsterdam

1 sailing date November 2020
14 Nights From Vienna, Austria to , Amsterdam
APT Cruising logo FROM £3139pp
Bamberg

Treasures of the Rhine - Nuremberg to Amsterdam

5 sailing dates October 2019 to November 2019
7 Nights From Nuremberg, Germany to , Amsterdam

Includes HUGE savings plus enjoy FREE fast track airport security and lounge passes!

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Bamberg

The Heart of Germany - Nuremberg to Mainz

1 sailing date November 2020
5 Nights From Nuremberg, Germany to Mainz
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Bamberg

The Heart of Germany - Nuremberg to Mainz

1 sailing date November 2020
5 Nights From Nuremberg, Germany to Mainz
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £2059pp
Bernkastel

Central European Experience - Nuremberg to Remich

1 sailing date May 2019
7 Nights From Nuremberg, Germany to , Remich, Luxembourg
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Bernkastel

Central European Experience - Nuremberg to Remich

10 sailing dates August 2019 to October 2020
7 Nights From Nuremberg, Germany to , Remich, Luxembourg
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £2449pp
Bamberg

Iconic Rivers of Europe - Amsterdam to Bucharest

2 sailing dates May 2020 to September 2020
24 Nights From Amsterdam, to Romania , Bucharest, Romania
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £8519pp

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