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Cruises to Bamberg

Bamberg (Photo:LaMiaFotografia/Shutterstock)
Bamberg (Photo:LaMiaFotografia/Shutterstock)

About Bamberg

When an entire town has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you know it must be something special. Bamberg, in the Franconia section of Bavarian Germany, has held its UNESCO designation since 1993 due to the beautifully preserved structures dating from the 11th to 19th centuries. It serves as a port stop on any river cruise that sails the Main River.

Laid out over seven hills and located at the confluence of the Regnitz and Main rivers, Bamberg is divided in half with old and new sections. To reach old Bamberg, visitors must walk through the Altes Rathaus (old City Hall), built on a small man-made island in the middle of the river because the prince bishop who ruled the city in the mid-14th century would not give the residents permission to build a city hall on any of the land he owned (which, at that time, included the entire city).

In Bamberg, visitors will find shops, taverns (all offering the city's trademark smoked beer), a handful of museums and lots of great photo opportunities.

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DAY 1: Amsterdam

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DAY 1: Budapest

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14 Night
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Paris
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Frankfurt
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Why go to Bamberg?

Pros:

Sights in scenic Bamberg -- which itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Site -- date as far back as the 11th century

Cons:

Though visitors have to walk to reach the old part of the city from the new, the town is hilly so it can be a bit taxing

Bottom Line:

Bamberg is a unique and charming city that has been recognized worldwide as a point of interest

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

The euro is the official currency. Credit cards are widely accepted and there are numerous ATMs in the city. Visit www.xe.com for current exchange rates.

Language?

The official language in Bamberg is German, though many people, particularly in restaurants and shops, speak English.


Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Destination

  • 2018 Top-Rated European River Destinations

Bamberg Cruise Reviews

MarisaK
Sail Date: Nov 2019
Before our City walk of Bamberg we stopped at Rothenburg and travelled The Romantic Road to get to the city tour and both were amazing. The City tour of Bamberg was also great with a very knowledgeable guide.... Read More
Scenic Jasper
swimtaxi2
Sail Date: Apr 2019
LOVED Bamberg and had a great tour guide.... Read More
Viking Modi
DannKaren
Sail Date: May 2018
Bamberg is just pretty to walk around. So well preserved!... Read More
aehoppen
Sail Date: Oct 2018
The entire town of Bamberg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We managed two castle/palaces while walking on our own in Bamberg!... Read More
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