Bamberg: Germany’s Largest UNESCO Site

Bamberg is Germany’s largest UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s the third largest in Europe. Only Venice and Prague are larger. In my opinion, it’s also the prettiest city in Bavaria with a whopping 2500 historic buildings!

A large part of it’s charm is due to how much of the medieval city is still intact. Only 4% of Bamberg was bombed during WWII.  This is in stark contrast to many other German cities like Dresden in which tragically 90% of the city center was bombed.

Join me on a photo journey to Bamberg which should be on every visitor to Munich’s list of day trips:

The town hall, the most famous building in Bamberg, Germany.
The town hall, the most famous building in Bamberg, Germany.
The bridge to the town hall overlooking little Venice.
The bridge to the town hall overlooking little Venice.
Gondolas can be hired for a tour of little Venice.
Gondolas can be hired for a tour of little Venice. Surprisingly, the prices are quite reasonable.
Narrow streets and colorful houses are Bamberg's signature.
Narrow streets and colorful houses are Bamberg’s signature.
The rose garden is a great place for views of the huge monastery that overlooks Bamberg, Germany.
The rose garden is a great place for views of the huge monastery.
View of Bamberg, Germany from the rose garden.
View of Bamberg, from the rose garden.
The oldest pub in Bamberg, Germany where the speciality is smoked beer.
The oldest pub in Bamberg, where the speciality is smoked beer. You either love it or hate it. I hated it.
Pink half timber house.
Many of Bamberg’s half timber houses have been recovered. But my favorites ones are the ones that have remained unchanged.
Plague honoring Stauffenberg who lived in Bamberg, Germany.
Plague honoring Stauffenberg who lived in Bamberg.
Old stables were used in the movie the Three Musketeers
Old stables were used in the movie The Three Musketeers starring Orlando Bloom. Sadly he didn’t make an appearance during my visit.
Access to the The Old Town Hall is granted on one of the oldest cobblestone bridges in Europe.
Access to the The Old Town Hall is granted on one of the oldest cobblestone bridges in Europe. It  dates back to the 12th century, but was rebuilt in the 15th century.
View of Bamberg, Germany from the rose garden.
View of Bamberg, from the rose garden.
Me in front of the Town Hall with fellow blogger Isabel and her boyfriend.
Posing in front of the Town Hall with Isabel and Xavier, visiting from Barcelona.

It wasn’t just me who loved Bamberg. Xavier and Isabel from Diario De A Bordo who were visiting us from Barcelona commented that it was “just as they pictured a Bavarian town”.  There’s no doubt that Bavarian towns can be incredibly charming, like Burghausen for example, but Bamberg is something extra special.   J.P. (my German husband)  is not easily impressed.  He frequently makes comments like “Yes it’s nice but it’s just a bunch of old buildings which I’m used to.” But even Bamberg surpassed his very high standards.

I’m just kicking myself that it took me so long to visit.  Bamberg really should be on the “must see” list for anyone visiting Bavaria.

Stayed tuned for “Bamberg:  An Insider’s Guide” in which I’ll give you all the tips you need to make the most of your visit.

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