Located in Franconia, Germany, Bamberg is ridiculously cute. I have to stop every second to take a picture of the colorful windows or the pastel walls.
With about only 70,000 residents, it hosts over 1 million visitors annually. It's no surprise that it's a UNESCO World Heritage site because of its history and medieval aesthetics.
If one day is all you have, here are 6 places you should check out in Bamberg.
1. Take a stroll along the Old Town Hall
Over the summer, you will see people kayaking and taking a dip in the Regnitz River. I was skeptical at first because of the brown water. But, my German friend ensured me it was clean to swim.
Legends have it that the bishop didn't want to give land to the people. So, the citizens decided to build their town hall on an artificial island connected by the two bridges.
Need a break? Teegießerei cafe has a great tea selection for a break and to people watch.
2. Visit the Bamberg Cathedral
On my first night here, my friend drove me up the hill and I was impressed by the grandness of the view. I always wonder how people back in the days created these massive yet intricate churches and castles.
Founded in 1004 by Holy Roman Emperor Henry II, it was rebuilt by Saint Otto Bamberg after partially destroyed by a fire. Inside the church, there is a marble tomb of Henry IV and his wife, Empress Kunigunde. There's also a statue of the Bamberg Horseman, which is a local symbol of the town.
Bamberg is packed with history at every corner. If you speak German, Proxipedia is like a personal guide app that tells you fun facts about a statue or a building near you.
3. Enjoy the smell and view from the New Residence's Garden
Just a short walk on the cobblestones from Bamberg Cathedral, take another break at the New Residence's Rose Garden.
Come during the summer to see the roses in full bloom. There's also a beautiful view overlooking the town and a bistro serving refreshments.
4. Take a short hike up to the Church of Saint Michael
Before you reach to the Church of Saint Michael, there are two benches by the water fountain in the garden. This was my spot to journal and think about life.
Even though the church is not opened to the public yet, the view up on the hill is still worth the hike.
5. Stroll along Little Venice
The view of Little Venice might be my favorite in Bamberg. It's a nice break from the tourist in Bamberg. I can spend hours walking along the road. In true Bamberger fashion, you can drop by another beer garden, Im Hain Bootshaus, for a short break.
6. End the day with a traditional smoked beer
For the beer lovers, this town is for you! With nine breweries, there's something for everyone. Even for those that don't drink alcohol. You can order a beer without the alcohol content.
For my first night, I had some traditional German cuisine and local beer at Greifenklau.
Initially, my friend took me to Spezial Keller for the scenery but it was closed. So, we went to Wilde Rose Keller. This typical Bavarian beer garden is huge! It even has a playground in the back for the kids.
Bamberg is a comfortable fairytale town to enjoy for a day or seven months where I called home. During that time, I found my favorite spot to watch ducks (Yup, I checked up on them), tried bouldering for the first time, and got comfortable with being naked in a sauna.
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