The walk up hill is quite nice and takes you by some very lovely buildings complete with shuddered windows and even some with flower boxes.
The weather in Bamberg was cloudy and warm. Of course, as I got to the top of the hill it started to rain. I walked quickly to get into the church because my umbrella was where all good umbrellas should be, back in my hotel! I did have a chance to notice the beautiful courtyard as I hurried along the gravel road and up the magnificent stairs leading into the church.
Michaelsberg is home to the old monastery, which is now used as an old folks home, and the monastery church. The complex of buildings was founded by Emperor Heinrich II in 1015. Today the Baroque edifice looms over the city and offers amazing views down below as well as a picturesque spot looking up towards Michaelsberg from the city.
The Baroque face we see today dates back to the 18th century. Despite the Baroque additions, the Romanesque beginnings are still evident once inside the church. Inside the church you will be impressed by the vaulted ceiling, Rococo pulpit, richly ornamented organ and the frescoes featuring over 578 flowers and herbs.
The rain had stopped so I decided to visit the Franconian Brewery Museum which is located to the right as you leave St. Michaels church and is in the old Monastery Brewery. Inside you will enjoy an extensive collection of beer making equipment and documents dating back to 1122. There is also a beer garden but I decided to wait until I got back into town since the weather wasn’t completely suited for a beer garden!
Walking down the hill to town was as beautiful as the trip up! Now it was time for my first beer in Bamberg.
I managed to find a table at Ambrausianum under a fantastic umbrella so my first beer was outside and dry!