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.
If you are looking for something slightly more mainstream, try our Hanover city breaks or holidays in Leipzig.