November 1, 2014

My First Bamberg Adventure!

Upon arriving in Bamberg I dropped my luggage at my hotel, Barock Hotel am Dom, and decided to hike up one of Bamberg’s 7 hills to Michaelsberg!Walk to Michaelsberg Bamberg Bavaria Germany

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.St. Michaels Church Bamberg Bavaria Germany

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.View of Michaelsberg Bamberg Bavaria Germany

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.

Inside St. Michaels Bamberg Bavaria Germany

Inside St. Michaels By Berthold Werner

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!Franconian Brewery Museum Bamberg Bavaria Germany

Continuing around to the back you will find a beautiful terrace containing gardens, fountains and a café.  The views from the terrace are amazing, even on this gray cloudy day!View from terrace Michaelsberg Bamberg Bavaria Germany

Walking down the hill to town was as beautiful as the trip up!  Now it was time for my first beer in BambergAmbrasianum Brewery Bamberg Bavaria Germany

I managed to find a table at Ambrausianum under a fantastic umbrella so my first beer was outside and dry!

 

Whether religious or not, do you enjoy visiting churches while traveling?

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Comments

  1. Doane*16 says:

    It’s so nice to spend a great adventure with a different country like Germany, Its full of a land mark that will surely bring a huge happiness. The beauty of St. Michaels really caught my attention.

  2. great photo of St. Michaels. wishing i could there within the next two years… crossing my fingers, of course :)
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  3. Great photos! Bamburg looks like it was great fun!
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  4. Do not, I repeat, do not call the locals Bavarians. While it is the state of Bavaria, Bamberg is located in the region of Oberfranken or Upper Franconia. Yes, they are more than happy to be called the Franks. :-)

    If you’re especially adventurous, try the Rauchbier (smoked beer) at Schlenkerla (http://www.schlenkerla.de/indexe.html). After a warm day walking out and about the place, the smoked beer tasted like magic, as in magic goodness. Your kilometrage, however, may vary.
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  5. Bamberg looks beautiful! I love visiting churches when I travel. I agree with Jeremy that they are like museums/tourist attractions….but that’s because they are oftentimes hundreds of years old. I can’t think of many American churches (at least on the west coast) that have any real history to them.
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  6. Beautiful area. I had never heard of Bamberg before. Yes, I do like visiting churches when I travel. However, many of the churches in Europe seem more like museums or tourist attractions than religious institutions these days.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Agree, churches have played such an important part in European history they do seem like museums! Plus they have some of the best sparkly treasures :)

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