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Upper Bridge

Departure times, bus stop Obere Brücke / Geyerswörthplatz:
daily every hour on the hour from approx 10:05 a.m. Last tour 7:05 p.m.


Altes Rathaus


The Old Town Hall, sometimes called the Bridge Town Hall or Island Town Hall, built in the middle of the Regnitz as a border between the civil and ecclesiastical centers of Bamberg on neutral “ground”, connected with the upper and lower bridge. Architecture and location demonstrates one of the most original Town Halls of Germany. First mentioned 1386, The Tower and Town Hall were destroyed by a gunpowder explosion in 1440. Rebuilt from 1450-1463. The facade is decorated with frescoes paintings.

Collection Ludwig “splendor of Baroque” in the old town hall is the largest private porcelain in Europe.

Focus is on the important collection of Meissen porcelain. Open Tue. – Sun. 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Closed on Monday.



Upper Bridge

obere brueckeThe upper bridge is the oldest as well as the first bridge over the left Regnitz arm. This bridge connected the Hills of Bamberg with the “Island city,” first mentioned as a wooden bridge in 1157. The stone bridge of today was built in the 15th century. In the 17th century it was the location of the resistance of the witch persecutions. Destroyed in 1945, the central arch was rebuilt in 1956. Since 1976, a part of the pedestrian zone and up until 1922 the streetcars of Bamberg traveled over the upper bridge and through the tower of the old town hall.


New Residence

neue residenz

Residence of the prince bishops of Bamberg to the abolition of the bishopric in the year 1802. 1635 reconstruction by Lothar Franz von Schonborn in a representative Baroque castle after plans by the court architect L. Dietzenhofer. Guided tours of Imperial and Episcopal residence and state rooms, other state rooms and Imperial Hall. In the common room is the desk, signed the declaration of war on the Napoleon of the Prussians. On the ground floor since 1965, the Bavarian State Library.



Geyersworth Palace


This palace was first mentioned as adwelling in the 14th century. Then it was a renaissance building from 1585/86. Up until the New Residence was finished in 1703, it was used as the Prince Bishops palace. In the 30 year war, officer’s quarters, and in 1740, the imperial regional court.

To date, it is used as a part of the city council (social and youth offices). The renaissance hall is used since 1984 for official receptions. In the inner courtyard are theater programs and concerts. In June is the Wine festival.

There is a beautiful view over Bamberg from the tower (key by the Tourist info). The earlier pleasure garden (16th century) is now a garden area over an underground parking garage.



Little Venice

klein venedigOn the east bank of the left Regnitz low below the old town hall is the former estates of the fishermen, sailors, dyers and tanners. The picturesque buildings are mainly from the 17th and 18th century. The romantic name comes from the Bavarian king Maximilian II, derived from the old buildings on stilts. Thanks to the Locks and flood gates in the south of Bamberg, little Venice is flood free since 1962.



Restaurant recommendations:


hofbraeuAn Art Nouveau restaurant, with Piano music every Monday, and a live band once a month. Franconian kitchen with a Mediterranean and an exotic element. Beer, Franconian and international wine.

Sunday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Karolinenstr. 7


Hotel-Gastof Wilde Rose

wilde rose

Since as early as 1760, the estate with the house number 7 was known as the “Rosenwirtshaus,” and belonged to the unmistakable atmosphere of Bamberg, as well as countless sights around this restaurant. And because of this, the Wild Rose is especially bound to its traditions. Bamberger beer specialties and seasonal and regional meals.


Hotel Alt Bamberg

alt bamberg

The hotel Alt Bamberg is in the heart of the picturesque old town of Bamberg. All the sights and the pedestrian zone are just a few steps away. Away from traffic, but still in the center, discover everything worth seeing in our city.