34. Bamberg - the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage city

Rear side of City Hall Bamberg

For many years I have wanted to offer a tour to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage city of Bamberg to my clients. Bamberg is truly one of most unique spots in Bavaria, which frequently is overlooked by many otherwise savvy international tourists.
This is not a day tour from Munich -- it should include at least one night spent in one of Bamberg’s many charming hotels, which I will be happy to arrange for you. It is also possible to combine Bamberg with our other tours to Bayreuth and or Rothenburg o.d. Tauber.
Interested? Then do keep in mind that you will need several tour days for these very special tours which require at least two nights away from Munich.

King Ludwig I of Bavaria welcomes you to Bamberg!

The Bamberg Itinerary: We depart your Munich Intercity hotel at 8:00 a.m. for Bamberg, about 2.5 hour’s drive. When we arrive in Bamberg, you will first check in to your hotel; we then pause for lunch before beginning our walk through Bamberg, and its many cobble-stone streets, canals and bridges.

Bamberg - Tour Boat with passagers on river Stegnitz

A good start for the first day is a boat trip on the canal.

Gondola in Island City Bamberg

There are even gondola rides in Bamberg for those who wish a more romantic experience.

Famous Rococo City Hall in Bamberg

UNESCO Old Town Hall Bridge

The Town of Bamberg has been inscribed upon the World Heritage List concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage in 1993. Inscription on this list confirms the outstanding universal value of the cultural or natural property which deserves protection for the benefit of all humanity.
Bamberg is an outstanding and representative example of an early medieval town in central Europe, both in its plan and its many well preserved ecclesiastical and secular buildings.

Bamberg - Unesco Text city hall

During Bamberg's period of greatest prosperity, from the 12th century onwards, the architecture of Bamberg strongly influenced that of northern Germany and Hungary. In the late 18th century Bamberg was the center of the Enlightenment in southern Germany. The eminent philosopher Georg William Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831) and the writer-composer E.T.A. Hoffmann (1776-1822) both lived here.

Bamberg Cathedral

After your boat ride we then walk through the town crossing over several bridges to enjoy small, charming hidden parks and places. A walk to the Cathedral is a must for all. From the Cathedral you have a view of the city extending from the Rose Garden of the New Residence created in 1802 --- a truly delightful experience you certainly do not want to miss!

There is much to see in Bamberg and you will need your best walking shoes for sure. Bamberg has a large student population with its Otto Friedrich University located directly within in the city itself. You may also like to visit Bamberg's many churches and monasteries including St. Michael’s Monastery, which dates back to 1015.
For Blue Jeans fashionistas the Levis-Strauss Museum is a must. Jeans inventor Levi Strauss is a native son of Bamberg, born and raised here before immigrating to America.
After climbing the hill to the Cathedral we return via the canal. This leads us back to our hotel before going to dinner. After dinner you are on your own, venturing out to make your own personal Bamberg discoveries as you wish.

Seehof Palace 1686

The following morning, Day Two, after breakfast, we check out of our hotel and drive to the Seehof Palace and its Gardens.

Fountains behind Seehof Palace

Behind the Seehof Palace you will find the gardens, its lake and fountains.
The fountain show will be the first part of your tour, we then enter the Palace itself.

Following the conclusion of the Palace tour, we take a break before departing Bamberg to our next destination.

We may then drive directly to Rothenburg o.d. Tauber (Tour 17: Romantic Road with Dinkelsbühl and Rothenburg o.d. Tauber) , check in to your hotel there before going to dinner. The day concludes with the fascinating Night Watchman’s tour of this fabulous, walled, medieval city -- yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site!

This is, of course, one of several suggested options. Allow me to help plan your vacation in Munich & Bavaria from beginning to end!