Bamberg was yet another place on my list that I managed to crossed out this summer, as a day trip from Nuremberg, and I couldn’t be happier. The reason I wanted to go there was because the whole Aldstadt (old city) has been declared a UNESCO Heritage Site, which Lonely Planet describes as “one of Bavaria’s unmissables”. Whilst most people go there for the architectural beauties – I do love pretty German towns – and the beer – nothing for me here -, we quickly realised that adventuring beyond the touristic sights in this very small town offered another, almost hilarious and creative, aspect of Bamberg.
After grabbing lunch at an Asian restaurant – Bamberg is booming with them – we made our way to the Altstadt, constantly noticing quite loudly at the expense of PC that there were actually not many tourists as we had expected given how popular before. A few days before, we had been in Rothenburg ob der Tauber and let’s just say that it definitely stole the limelight, although personally I preferred Bamberg.
The creative streets names of Bamberg definitely stood out and quickly we went on a hunt for morbid-hilarious-interesting streets names instead (yes we’re easily distracted). It started when we started seeing signs to Hölle (Hell) and Untere Seelgasse (Lower Soul Street), and down in went from there. To be honest, I wouldn’t mind living in Hell. We also found Mittlere Seelgasse (Middle Soul Street) and Obere Seelgasse (Upper Soul Street).
Another two favourites of mine are Eisgrube (Ice pit), which didn’t look too freezing and Teufelsgraben (Devil’s grave) which wasn’t too gloomy either. I definitely loved wandering about in the small stone-paved streets, cracking up and secretly hoping that nobody could hear me. We definitely got good views of the Altstadt which was a definite plus.
We ended up at the St Michael’s Monastery which had the most beautiful souvenir shop ever. Unfortunately, only the abbey grounds are currently to the public due to renovations.
A stop at the Domplatz was was of course a must, and it was simply beautiful in all its Gothic beauty, after which we headed straight to the Rose Gardens of the Neu Residenz which had been home to prince-bishops from 1703 to 1802. They certainly had a lavish style
As we walked back, we passed by Little Venice which is just perfect for an afternoon stroll. The little houses balancing on poles set into the water with the small gardens and terraces are definitely pretty enough for a little detour if you’re in Bamberg.
Nothing would be complete without cake of course. We stumbled upon this coffee shop with vegan options on our way back, which definitely requires a mentioned. I settled for some plum crumbled and iced chocolate whilst PC went for some chilli and ‘cream’. The décor really stood out with its vintage and bright style, and it would definitely be somewhere I could spend the whole afternoon reading – if I didn’t have to catch a train.
Fika Bamberg | Luitpoldstrasse 21, Bamberg