Neue Residenz

Neue Residenz, Bamberg

The Neue Residenz is an impressive ancient building close to the cathedral of Bamberg. It was the residence of the bishops from 1604 on and replaced the Alte Hofhaltung on the opposite side of the street in this function. The building consists of two sections, one in Renaissance and one in Baroque style. From 1803 on the Neue Residenz became a home of the Bavarian kings when Bavaria expropriated church property on a large scale.

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Gärtnerstadt, Bamberg

The city center of Bamberg is a UNESCO world heritage site since 1993. And that is well-deserved because of the beautiful historic buildings in the old town (Bergstadt and Inselstadt) and the location along river Regnitz. After a short walk through the streets and over the many bridges you can only confirm this. But there is another part that belongs to the UNESCO world heritage site that is lesser known: the Gärtnerstadt.

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Odeon, Bamberg

Normally, when a multiplex cinema opens in a German city tough times start for the old, small arthouse cinemas. In Bamberg this is different: the multiplex cinema went into bankruptcy and the small cinemas survived. One of them is the Odeon not far from the main railway station. It is charming small cinema and watching a movie there is like travelling in time.

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Bamberger Dom

Dom, Bamberg

You can’t overlook the cathedral of Bamberg with its two high towers. It is part of the Bergstadt city quarter and located on a mountain next to river Regnitz. The Bamberger Dom named St. Peter und St. Georg is special, not only because of its Romanesque style. It is the only burial site of a pope in Germany and north of the Alps. While popes are typically buried at Roma, pope Clement II – who was formerly bishop of Bamberg – was buried within this cathedral.

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Little Venice

Klein Venedig, Bamberg

The city of Bamberg is beautifully located at the 64 km long river Regnitz, created from the confluence of Pegnitz and Rednitz near Fürth and running into river Main. At Bamberg two river arms form an island which contains important parts of the city and water mills were used in different parts. The river was also important to transport goods, as you can still today see at the harbor with an ancient crane.

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Surrounded by water

Altes Rathaus, Bamberg

What is the most important icon of Bamberg? There is only one correct answer: it is the old town hall building (Altes Rathaus) built on posts within the river Regnitz. Not only tourist books use this place is the one and only image of the city – also companies showing their connection to Bamberg use it massively. The impressive building is partly half-timbered and marks the border between the religiously ruled (Bergstadt) part of the city and the secular Bamberg (Inselstadt).

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