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Bamberg – Bavarian capital of beer

The "Brückenrathaus" Picture: Bayern Tourismus Marketing GmbH

Bamberg, UNESCO world heritage site and an old Franconian town of emperors and bishops, has one of the oldest maintained ancient city centers in Europe: it has more than 2,400 landmarked domiciles. Its history goes back 1000 years, to its founder and donator Henry II, crowned Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire by the Pope.

Bamberg is a little town (70,000 inhabitants) and its little winding alleys and baroque fronts give it a unique flair. The baroque cityscape of Bamberg is mostly formed by its cathedral, the new Residenz, the old Hofhaltung and the Klosterareal Michaelsberg. The Kaiserdom (Emperor’s Cathedral) is located on one of the seven hills of Bamberg and is considered the heart of the city.

The old “Town Hall on the bridge”, the Brückenrathaus (picture), is a curiosity since it was built on an artificial island right in the middle of the river Regnitz. It is located exactly on the ancient border between the episcopal city-on-the-hill ("Bergstadt") and the civil city-on-the-island ("Inselstadt"). A densely populated neighborhood, the Inselstadt is nowadays seen as the liveliest center of Bamberg, hosting lots of educational establishments - among others the university Otto-Friedrich-Universität, founded in 1647. The third part of the city, called city-of-the-gardeners ("Gärtnerstadt"), consists of extended land and typical gardeners' houses and has been used for agriculture since the Middle Ages.

Famous Bambergers include philosopher Friedrich Hegel, author and composer E.T.A. Hoffmann, and Graf von Stauffenberg, the officer who attempted to assassinate Adolf Hitler in July 1944. Yet more than anything else, the history of Bamberg is connected to the history of beer: Bamberg has 60 private breweries, 9 of them within the city, and boasts 300 different beers. Bamberg and its neighborhood have the highest concentration of breweries in the world

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