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Excursion to Bamberg, the authentic Bavarian charm

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When we were preparing the four-day getaway to MunichLaurel asked me by mail what we wanted to see. On our wish list was to visit typical Bavarian villages and his choice could not be more accurate: Bamberg.

Two and a half hours (by train or car) from Munich is the city of Bamberg, whose historical center is not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993, but also the third largest in Europe after Venice and Prague. And after visiting the city I can only tell you that it is up to these two greats, but let's go in parts. When visiting Bamberg the first thing to do is go through the city's tourist office since, in addition to maps and information, you can hire countless guided tours through the historic center (at a very good price), whether on foot, in segway or even in a gondola for the so-called "little Venice."

Bamberg stands out among other cities in the area because almost the entire historical center of the city has preserved its medieval structure, with more than 2300 listed buildings, which makes it exceptional. In the Middle Ages, Bamberg was the capital of the Holy Roman Empire. However, its maximum splendor was between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries when the prince bishops who ruled the city built in Baroque style many of the buildings that are still preserved.

The city of Bamberg is divided into three sectors: the hills, the island and the gardeners market. That day we dedicated to visit the districts of the island and the hills. We start by visiting the market, which is located near the Maximilian square and in the area between the Main-Donau canal and the Regnitz river. In the morning, the Grüner market It was very busy with hundreds of people buying food and flowers at the outdoor stops giving the place a special life.

In the historical center of the city, the original architecture of the region stands out, consisting of small buildings with an entrance wide enough for a car to enter the house. The ground floor of the buildings is made of stone but the upper floors have that typical Bavarian design and it is the one that always comes to mind when we weigh in their cities.

Between the bridge of Markus and the bridge of Untere, on the east bank of the Regnitz river, extends the so-called «little venice», A row of charming houses built during the Middle Ages and belonged to the fishermen of the city. The houses have the typical wooden framework and almost all have a small garden and a boat anchored in front of the house. However, from the bridge and because of the distance it is difficult to enjoy this part of the city; yours is to go by boat or better yet: in gondola.

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