Don't Miss in Bamberg
Bamberg Cathedral: The highlight of any stop in Bamberg is the beautiful cathedral that dates back to the 13th century. A Romanesque and Gothic church, it features four towers and contains several works of art, as well as the marble tomb of Emperor Henry II and his wife Kunigunde. Also buried in the cathedral is Pope Clement II -- the only papal burial site outside of Italy and France. Bamberg Cathedral is located on one of Bamberg's seven hills, so it does require a steep walk to visit. Alternatively, you can grab a taxi to take you up. Mass is conducted on Sundays and no visits are permitted during this time.
History Museum: Located inside the Old Court, next to the cathedral, the History Museum offers insights into the development of Bamberg from antiquity to more modern times, the importance of the Regnitz River to the city, as well as an assorted collection of artwork, ancient relics, coins and other miscellanea related to Bamberg and Upper Franconia.
New Residence: Erected between 1602 and 1703, the four-wing New Residence was built by several of Bamberg's prince bishops as a stately alternative to the medieval fortress located next to the Bamberg Cathedral. Displaying both Renaissance and Baroque architectural stylings, the complex has more than 40 state rooms open to the public that feature stucco-work ceilings, as well as furniture and tapestries dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries.
Schlenkerla Tavern: Bamberg is famous for its rauchbier (or smoked beer) and the best place to stop and try a pint is the Schlenkerla Tavern. The Tavern and its Schlenkerla rauchbier was first mentioned in 1405 and the tavern itself has been run by the same family for six generations. Just remember what the locals say: If you don't like the beer after one pint, have two more and you'll suddenly find you've developed a taste for it.
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--By Dori Saltzman, Senior Editor