Tourist guide to Bamberg

Bamberg Cathedral, in the background Matthias Ripp/Flickr

Bamberg Cathedral, in the background ©Matthias Ripp/Flickr

Bamberg is a beautiful and peaceful town located in Bavaria, on the River Regnitz. The town is famous for its old city centre which has been inscribed on the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites since 1993. The town is a wonderful historic settlement, being very attractive for its old houses and buildings. Visiting Bamberg is like stepping back in past.

The numerous half-timbered buildings, the breweries (Bamberg is famous for its beer), taverns, the Bamberg Cathedral, the Alte Hofhaltung, the Klein-Venedig (“Little Venice”) and the Michaelsberg Abbey are just some of the town’s attractions. If you are planning a visit to Bavaria and you are looking for a peaceful town to visit, I recommend you to choose Bamberg.

Bamberg Cathedral

In the following tourist guide to Bamberg I will present you the best attractions of the town. One of its major landmarks is the Bamberg Cathedral. The late Romanesque cathedral dates from the 13th century. With its 4 huge towers, it is an easily recognizable cathedral. A treasure of the Roman Catholic cathedral is the well-known statues named the Bamberg Horseman. Besides, other sculptures and carvings also decorate the beautiful cathedral.

Bamberg Cathedral, in the background Matthias Ripp/Flickr

Bamberg Cathedral, in the background ©Matthias Ripp/Flickr

Michaelsberg Abbey

The immense Michaelsberg Abbey is a former Benedictine abbey, being located in the Old Town. It is a main landmark of the town, being attractive among visitors. The former abbey church is known today as the Michaelskirche. After 1803 the abbey was used as an almshouse. If you visit Bamberg, make sure to visit the beautiful Michaelsberg Abbey. You won’t regret it.

Michaelsberg Abbey roger4336/Flickr

Michaelsberg Abbey ©roger4336/Flickr

The Altenburg

The castle named Altenburg sits on Bamberg’s tallest hill. Overlooking the town, the castle is a preferred viewpoint for tourists. The old castle dates back in the 12th century and used to serve for the defense of the city. Today the castle houses a high-class restaurant and offer gorgeous views over the city.

The Klein-Venedig

What is the “Little Venice” (Klein-Venedig)? It is actually a colony of picturesque fishermen’s houses in Bamberg. The houses date back in the 19th century and can be found along one side of the river Regnitz. This part of the town is one of the most picturesque.

Bamberg Klein Venedig Allie_Caulfield/Flickr

Bamberg Klein Venedig ©Allie_Caulfield/Flickr


Bamberg is home to numerous churches. Besides the cathedral and the previously mentioned Michealskirche, there are other beautiful religious buildings in the town, too. These are the St. Martinskirche, Jakobskirche, Marienkirche and Obere Pfarrkirche.


Bamberg is proud of its smoked Rauchbier. As a Bavarian town, it is not surprising that there are eight breweries in Bamberg.

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