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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

Passau

Christmas Markets of Europe-Amsterdam to Budapest

1 sailing date December 2022
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Hungary , Budapest, Hungary
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Dürnstein

Christmas Markets of Europe -Budapest to Amsterdam

1 sailing date November 2021
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary, Hungary to , Amsterdam
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Vienna

Prague with Christmas Markets of Europe

1 sailing date November 2021
17 Nights From Prague, to Amsterdam
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Vienna

Paris to Prague & Splendours of Europe

7 sailing dates April 2022 to September 2022
20 Nights From Paris (Le Havre), to Prague
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Miltenberg

Splendours of Europe with Paris

10 sailing dates October 2021 to October 2022
17 Nights From Budapest, Hungary, Hungary to , Paris (Le Havre)
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Amsterdam

Prague with Christmas Markets of Europe

1 sailing date December 2022
17 Nights From Amsterdam, to Prague
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Budapest

Prague to Paris & Splendours of Europe

7 sailing dates April 2022 to September 2022
20 Nights From Prague, to Paris (Le Havre)
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Vienna

Splendours of Europe - Amsterdam to Budapest

17 sailing dates October 2021 to October 2022
17 Nights From Amsterdam, to Prague
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Melk

Christmas Markets with Prague

1 sailing date November 2021
18 Nights From Prague, to Amsterdam
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Würzburg

Christmas & New Year

1 sailing date December 2021
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Hungary , Budapest, Hungary
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Salzburg

Christmas Markets with Paris

1 sailing date November 2021
18 Nights From Budapest, Hungary, Hungary to , Paris (Le Havre)
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Miltenberg

Christmas Markets with Paris

2 sailing dates November 2021 to November 2022
17 Nights From Budapest, Hungary, Hungary to , Paris (Le Havre)
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Koblenz

Christmas Wonderland with Paris

1 sailing date December 2021
17 Nights From Paris (Le Havre), to Hungary , Budapest, Hungary
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Amsterdam

Christmas & New Year with Prague

2 sailing dates December 2021 to December 2022
17 Nights From Amsterdam, to Prague
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Nuremberg

Christmas Markets - Budapest to Amsterdam

3 sailing dates November 2021 to August 2023
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary, Hungary to , Amsterdam
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Koln

Christmas Markets with Prague & Paris

1 sailing date November 2021
20 Nights From Prague, to Paris (Le Havre)
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Prague

Jewels of Europe with Bohemian Sojourn & Oberammer

3 sailing dates July 2022 to September 2022
21 Nights From Amsterdam, to Munich
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Bamberg

Christmas & New Year

1 sailing date December 2021
18 Nights From Amsterdam, to Prague
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Vienna

North Sea to the Black Sea - Bucharest to Amsterda

1 sailing date October 2021
22 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to , Amsterdam
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Regensburg

Christmas Markets with Prague

2 sailing dates November 2021 to November 2022
17 Nights From Prague, to Amsterdam
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