Bamberg Tourist Attractions
Bamberg View slideshowBamberg, the old imperial and episcopal city and the most important town in Upper Franconia, lies on the western edge of a wide basin in the valley of the Regnitz (here divided into two arms) which flows into the Main, 7km/4.5mi downstream. The oldest part is the episcopal town on the high west bank of the left arm of the river, with the Cathedral and the old Benedictine abbey of Michaelsberg. The "Bürgerstadt" (borough) lies on the flat ground between the two arms of the Regnitz. Bamberg is a university town, and its symphony orchestra has an international reputation. The town has a river port on the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal. The industrial zone (principally engineering, textiles, electrical apparatus and appliances) lies to the east of the town.
The long Grüner Markt in Bamberg is a pedestrian zone.There are many historic buildings that line the square including the Church of St. Martin, and St. Catherine Hospital and Seminary.
St Martin's Church
The Bürgerstadt in Bamberg is the borough which developed between the two arms of the Regnitz. It contains the Grüner Markt (pedestrian zone), with the Baroque church of St Martin (1686-91) and, to the north, the New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus; 1733-36). Nearby is the well-stocked Natural History Museum.
New Town Hall
The New Town Hall in Bamberg was built between 1733 and 1736.
Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum in Bamberg is well-stocked.The collection on display was found in 1791 and has been added to regularly. The exhibits at the Natural History Museum deal with geology, mineralogy and soil science as well as with indigenous mammals and fossils.
Address: Fleischstrasse 2, D-96047 Bamberg, Germany
Old Town Hall
The old castle of Geyerswörth (1585-87) in Bamberg was once a stronghold of the Prince-Bishops.
The E.-T.-A.-Hoffman-Haus in Bamberg is the one in which the writer lived from 1809 to 1813.
Karl May Museum
The Karl May Museum in Bamberg commemorates the 19th C. writer of adventure stories.Exhibits include some of his original works and furnishings from his house.
The Diocesan Museum in Bamberg contains the rich cathedral treasury, precious vestments (including Henry II's imperial robes) and the statues from the Adamspforte.
Address: Domplatz 5, D-96049 Bamberg, Germany
The Alte Hofhaltung or Alte Residenz in Bamberg is one of the finest creations of the German Renaissance, built as the Bishop's palace in 1571-76. It now houses the Historical Museum (applied and decorative art, etc.). The Calderón Festival is held in the courtyard.
The Neue Residenz (1695-1704) in Bamberg is J. L. Dientzenhofer's greatest work, with the Prince-Bishop's residential apartments, the Gallery of German Art (Heisterbach Altar; painting of the 15th-18th centuries) and the State Library (temporary special exhibitions). In the courtyard is a beautiful rose-garden with a magnificent view.
Address: Domplatz 8, D-96049 Bamberg, Germany
Upper Parish Church
The Upper Parish Church is Bamberg's finest Gothic building (14th-15th centuries).
The Böttingerhaus in Bamberg is a distinguished Baroque building of 1707-13.
Concordia in Bamberg is a handsome Baroque palace of 1716-22.
The Carmelite Convent (12th C., altered about 1700) in Bamberg has a beautiful Late Romanesque cloister.
Upper Main - Musical Summer
Musical Summer is a three month festival from mid-June to late September and includes at least a dozen different concerts, spread out across the region.The events range from symphonic and choral performances, to various recitals and even folk concerts.The repertoire of the festival varies widely, from traditional classical works to ethnic folk music.Every year different towns in the region get a chance to host concerts, but five towns have been chosen to have at least one annual concert. They are Bamberg, Coburg, Forchheim, Kronach and Vierzehnheiligen.
Address: Kronacherstrasse 30, D-96215 Lichtenfels, Germany
Days of Old Music
Days of Old Music is an annual four-day festival that takes place in mid-June and includes a series of concerts highlighting 17th C. music. Baroque melodies, chamber music and madrigals are performed in the city's cathedral, the New Residenz Palace, Geyersworth Castle and numerous other historic buildings.
Address: Musica Canterey Bamberg, Amalienstrasse 20, D-96047 Bamberg, Germany
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