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Bamberg is a beautiful city in Franconia, Germany, and its Old Town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Book your hotel and holiday, today!
  • Flight time from London: 1hr 40min
  • Herzogenaurach Airport: 39km from the city centre; transfer time about 1 hour 10 min
  • Airport Nürnberg: 60km for the city centre; transfer time about 1 hour 3min
  • Nearest railway station: Bamberg station
  • Currency: Euro

This delightful UNESCO World Heritage city boasts over 2,400 listed buildings full of medieval charm, mixed in with trendy cafes, small boutiques and beautiful stores. There is so much to discover in and around Bamberg, offering a chance to follow up all that culture with active holidays and great places to visit. Famous for its beer, Bamberg is home to nine breweries in the town and even more in the surrounding area. Its famous smoked beer is not to be missed - why not book onto a beer-tasting tour to sample this and many other local brews, as well as take a trip to the Franconian Brewery Museum.

The Franconian town of Bamberg is on the UNESCO World Heritage list due to the fact that it is a unique example of an early medieval town. Having escaped damage during both World Wars, many of the buildings and streets are just as they were when Bamberg was first laid out. With cobbled lanes, enchanting squares and culture everywhere you look, the town is as romantic as it is historic.

There is also a rich horticultural history within the town, going back to the Middle Ages. Taking lead from their ancestors, there are still farmers who cultivate fruit and vegetables on large plots within the Old Town’s walls. This is not the only link that Bamberg has to its culinary past, though. Smoke Beer, popularised when the malt was still roasted over an open flame, is a traditional staple and definitely worth trying.

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The Rose Garden

Offering breathtaking views, the Rose Garden is the perfect place to capture the beauty and romance of this city.

The Old Court

Once serving as the bishop's residence, the Old Court is one of the most impressive buildings in the city and now accommodates the Museum of History.

The Old Town Hall

Now symbolic of Bamberg, the frescoes adorning its facades never cease to impress. It is also home to the Ludwig Collection, comprising thousands of works of art.


The historic smoked beer brewery Schlenkerla brews the famous 'Rauchbier' - tapped directly from a wooden barrel in line with old traditions. You can find it directly beneath the cathedral in Bamberg's Old Town.


The Bolero is a Spanish restaurant which offers around 30 different types of tapas.


The bassanese is located on the bridge and offers authentic Italian gelato, strudels and handmade chocolate.

Cafe am Dom

The best cakes in town are made and served at this appealing café, which also has a handful of guest rooms. It specialises in delicious pralines stamped with the insignia of the Bamberger Reiter.


Pelikan is a candlelit place with live music and a great Thai menu.

Bamberg has a modern Atrium shopping centre which is located directly next to the railway station and covers 17,000 square metres.

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Bamberg's Rauchbier (Smoked Beer) was created by accident when a fire burnt barely that was being stored in a monastery. The historic tipple is still produced in nine different breweries across the town.

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