A couple of hours in Bamberg
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On our way home from the opening of an exhibition in Viechtach, we made a quick stop in Bamberg. It was only a little detour from our original route and I had heard so much of this city that we just had to visit now that we were in the neighbourhood.
Driving into town through some kind of residential area with amazingly beautiful buildings, we were already impressed. We parked the car in the Centrum Zud parking garage and headed out into the Innenstadt.
Crossing the Nonnenbrucke, we immediately knew we had made the right decision. We walked to the northern tip of the little island, past the tourist information center and had an excellent view of the Altes Rathaus there.
We found a place to eat on Schranne, which wasn't very memorable, and then headed up to St. Stephanskirche, past the Italian style Böttinger Haus.
It was a nice walk past the Unser-Liebe-Frau Kirche to the Karmelitenkirche and the park and we wondered where all the tourists had gone to. As it turned out, they had all wandered to the Dom-platz. We visited the Dom and the nearby Alte Hofhaltung, then ventured into the Rose Garden of the Neue Residenz, which was packed with visitors.
Getting a bit thirsty and anxious to try the local brew (as Bamberg has a LOT of breweries), we wandered into a beergarden and tried a Mahr's Bräu Kellerbier, which wasn't half bad.
When we left the place, it started to drizzle.
We crossed the river and explored the Grüner Markt, St Martin's Kirche and Maximiliansplatz, before heading back to the car.
Driving out of the parking garage, our GPS didn't get a signal straight away, so we tried to backtrack our way into town. I saw a sign for Würzburg and took a right, but somehow, we managed to miss the autobahn and ended up on some back road. In the distance, we could see a castle and when the GPS finally kicked in, it actually took us to it. So ofcourse we had to stop for a few minutes and check out Schloss Weissenstein. It was absolutely gorgeous and we would have loved to spend some more time there and explore its gardens.
However, we had another 5 hour drive home. Those 5 hours turned into 8 because of all the traffic jams around Würzburg, but that didn't matter. We had seen Bamberg, a beautiful and friendly little place. The only regret we had was that we couldn't have stayed a bit longer.
Well, maybe next time.