Visit Germany’s city on the hills on a river cruise. Bamberg is a UNESCO world heritage site of great beauty located inland in Bavaria on the river Regnitz and close to the River Main. The landscape of this historical town of 71,000 residents is shaped by its proximity to the hilly nature park ‘Steigerwald’; Bamberg is spread over seven hills, each of which is capped by a picturesque church. On top of the highest hill and rising above the tree line is Altenburg Castle, an enormous, pale-walled residence which has been around since the 1100s and once served as a palatial residence for Bamberg’s bishops.
Much of Bamberg was built in the middle ages, and the maze of twisting streets lined with half-timbered houses pays testament to this. Seen from a bird’s eye perspective, Bamberg looks much like a fairytale town, populated as it is with red-roofed houses and the pointed spires of churches and a great four-towered cathedral. The names the town bestows on itself reveal the diverse and elegant nature of Bamberg – it sees itself as a Franconian Rome, yet the tributaries of the Regnitz which divide Bamberg also give rise to the former fishing district’s name Klein Venedig, or ‘Little Venice’.
Bamberg is a city in Bavaria, located on the river Regnitz.