When we were visiting Nuremberg in May, we have got several tips, we should also spend one day in Bamberg. Unfortunately we were already lacking time for other things on our schedule and spending one day in Bamberg was post-poned to some other trip to Germany.
Luckily we did not need to wait too long to be back in Germany and close to Bamberg. In fact, we explored Hassberge region in October, which is only one hour away by car from Bamberg. Bamberg actually lies in the middle of Nuremberg and Hassberge region. Unfortunately we were running out of time again, so instead of having one day in Bamberg, we just managed to stop there for a few hours.
Things to do when you have less than one day in Bamberg?
If you have less than one day in Bamberg head up straight to the old town – its colorfulness, picturesque and lively feel will definitely impress you. In fact, city of Bamberg is so unique, it has been on UNESCO World Heritage list ever since 1993. When walking around the old town, you will be able to see different architecture styles, dating between 11th and 19th century.
Apart from the old town hall, the city cathedral is one of the must things to do in Bamberg. It does not really matter if you are visiting the city for few days or you have less than one day in Bamberg – the city cathedral should be visited for sure. Due to its 4 towers, rising on top of the hill, the cathedral can be spotted already from afar.
The old town hall
You will find the old town hall in the middle of the river Regnitz – on a tiny island, which can only be reached by foot over the bridge. If you have ever seen any photos from Bamberg, you probably saw the one with the old town hall. Luckily the old town of Bamberg is small, so you can explore it on foot and see all the major sights, even if you have less than one day in Bamberg.
Not far from the city cathedral and the new Residenz, lies a beautiful rose garden. When the season for roses is, this really should look spectacular. The place is full of nicely done paths and statues. We unfortunately did not visit it, because having less than one day in Bamberg, we rather spend it somewhere without too many tourist’s crowds and enjoying the vibes in the old town and its streets.
When we stopped in Bamberg, the beautiful former Benedictine monastery was closed due to renovation. Nevertheless hiking on top of it was a good decision anyway, as the views over the city were beautiful in the morning sun. You can also spot a small vineyard on the hill, which is rented out by the Bauerschmitt family from Zeil am Main in Hassberge region, where we stopped for wine tasting when exploring Hassberge on this trip.
Less than one day in Bamberg or not, you should definitely try the famous and unique smoked beer from Bamberg. There are seven different breweries in Bamberg, but only two are producing the smoked beer. We actually did not try the smoked beer in Bamberg, but we did have one in Zeil am Main in Hassberge region. The smoked beer is a bit different in taste, but not bad, not bad at all.
If you walk along the river from the old town hall in direction to Michaelsberg Abbey, you can spot old half-timbered houses by the river Regnitz, which dated in 17th century. This district was once a fishermen area, but because of the river, it got the name Little Venice. Even if you have less than one day in Bamberg, this sure is a nice and a little bit different sight for Bamberg.
The city of course offers much more, but if you have less than one day in Bamberg to spend, a stop for a quick stroll around the old town will definitely not disappoint.
Some practical tips for Bamberg
Joining Bamberg with nearby destinations
Even if you have less than one day in Bamberg, it is worth stopping here and joining other destinations – the nearby Nuremberg or a little known Hassberge region is a nice combination. You can read more about things to do in Nuremberg here, and more about the beauties of Hassberge region here.
Where to eat in Bamberg?
Bamberg is extremely touristic city, so that is also why you will find plenty of restaurants, cafes and breweries there. We have treated ourselves in the Eckerts brewery, not far from the old town hall. Even though it is popular among tourist, it is also a place where locals like to meet.
You will find an interesting menu in the Eckarts Brewery, which doesn’t only include delicious house-made beer, but also food like Bamberg onion in a beer sauce, beer soup and even beer ice-cream.
Where to sleep in Bamberg
If you have more than one day in Bamberg, it is for sure great to stay the night somewhere in the old town, to enjoy the evening / night vibes in the city. We did not spend the night there, but the Nepomuk Hotel, which is part of the Eckarts Brewery for sure did look like a great place.
Bamberg by car
We visit Bamberg more or less because of the old town, so make sure to park your car somewhere close by. The easiest way is to find a parking garage and walk to the old town, especially if you will spend less than one day in Bamberg.