Bamberg

Bamberg is in Upper Franconia, a region in Bavaria, Germany. The town has slightly over 70,000 residents. For its historical architecture and preserved heritage, the whole town of Bamberg is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Get in

Obere Karolinenstraße 5, former Curia St. Pauli, currently Archbishop's Palace (Erzbischöfliches Palais)

By train

Deutsche Bahn (or DB) serves Bamberg with frequent and dependable train service. Frequent trains run to Wurzburg, Nuremberg, and Bayreuth, and there are even express trains to Munich and Berlin. See Deutsche Bahn's website for more information.

Bamberg is part of the VGN (at least for travel that is not within the city, they will fully join in 2015) meaning that for all regional trains from Nuremberg and many surrounding areas the VGN rates (usually cheaper than standard DB) apply. Note that VGN ticktes are not valid on ICE or IC trains. For fares and schedules within VGN see http://www.vgn.de/en/bamberg

By plane

The nearest airport is in Nuremberg, with cheap local transport able to get you there for about 10€; however, if you are coming from very far away, Germany's main hub of Frankfurt Airport may very well work out to be cheaper and more convenient with discount train tickets (one way, book well in advance) starting at 29€ and rail&fly, an offer that combines your flight with a train ride to any point in Germany and is often cheaper than a domestic connecting flight. See here for more information.

By bus

Intercity buses in Germany are a very new thing as they where basically outlawed until 2012. That said the market is growing and as of 2015 prices are not as low as they once were (one offer was anywhere in Germany for 9€), but still quite affordable and often cheaper than a train or Mitfahrgelegenheit (ride sharing). However as the market is consolidating expect rising prices (buses pay no toll on German roads, a thing for which there is currently little political support) as well as a denser network. The biggest companies are Flixbus/Meinfernbus and Postbus. German railway company DB also operates buses under the names IC BUS and Berlin Linien Bus (mostly to and from Berlin). Expect to spend more time with less comfort on a bus than on a train.

Get around

Walking is best throughout the Altstadt (old city center). The Hauptbahnhof (train station) is less than 2 km northeast of the Altstadt. Walk or take a bus.

See

Altes Rathaus (old townhall) over the river
Front of Bamberg Cathedral

Do

Eat

Drink

Rauchbier is a traditional Franconian beer style made all or in part from beechwood-smoked barley malt. Before modern kilns became common, most malt was dried over an open flame and most beers featured some smokiness. Today, Bamberg is one of very few locations where the old-school smoking takes place. Most Rauchbiere are medium-to-full-bodied lagers with pronounced smoke & malt character, light bitterness, and minimal hop flavor. Smoked versions of Weißbier and Bockbier are also available. Around Christmas Schlenkerla also produces a special Bock made with oak-smoked malt; called Eiche (meaning oak) and during Lent produces another special called Fastenbier available only on draught at the Schlenkera tavern. Schlenkerla malts and smokes their own barley, and Bamberg-based malting giant Weyermann produces a comparable version available for export around the world for home and commercial use.

Sleep

Botanical Garden

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

Go next

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