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Bamberg: Guided Walking Tour

1. Bamberg: Guided Walking Tour

Explore Bamberg and see more than 2,400 historic buildings, picturesque winding streets, and medieval churches that make the town a work of art. Bamberg was awarded its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993 – and not without reason. Enjoy a walking tour of the town and experience the successful combination of impressive architecture and Baroque town houses for yourself. See just how unique Bamberg is on an extensive tour. Feel the magic of the past as you stroll through the town and admire the Cathedral (No interior tour!), churches, and monasteries as well as beautiful bridges, narrow streets, wide squares, half-timbered houses, and Baroque facades. See the Old Court, the New Residenz, the Rose Garden, and “Little Venice.”

Bamberg: Guided Beer History Tour with Optional Tasting

2. Bamberg: Guided Beer History Tour with Optional Tasting

Bamberg's history is intricately intertwined with the history of beer, making it the perfect place to follow the footsteps of brewing from its monastic beginnings via the flourishing hop trade to the global commercial malt houses. Discover more about the fine art of brewing and learn about customs and traditions concerned with drinking beer. Visit the main attractions of the town, itself a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at the original locations of the Bamberg beer war, meet the Säufermännla, and sample delicacies of the town in a pub brewery. Along the way, see the Pfahlplätzchen, the Eisgrube with the Upper Parish Church, the Domberg, and the Sandstraße.

Bamberg: Food and Beer Guided Walking Tour

3. Bamberg: Food and Beer Guided Walking Tour

Explore the city of Bamberg and learn about its extensive brewing tradition. Taste a variety of local food and drinks as you gain an in-depth insight into local history and cuisine. Meet your guide and roam through the old town area of the city, learning more about the almost 1000-year-old tradition of brewing. Discover more about local cuisine by tasting a variety of delicious delicacies, such as 2 kinds of Bamberger Hörnla. Try some of the varied flavors of local beer, including the famous smoked beer. At the end of the tour, you can also choose a full beer to enjoy, with a wide variety of interesting flavors available.

Bamberg: City Highlights Walking Tour

4. Bamberg: City Highlights Walking Tour

Discover contemporary Bamberg as well as its chequered history on a guided walking tour. Take your time to admire the city's architectural masterpieces. Also, see the Old Town Hall, the medieval Cathedral, the old Jewish quarter, and the old town protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll around the city with your tour guide and discover the famous city hall. Take some photos of the curious building constructed on an artificial island in the Regnitz River. Learn all about its medieval Cathedral and the history of one of the oldest Jewish communities in Germany. Explore Little Venice and its half-timbered cottages, once home to the fishermen. Pass by the different breweries, taverns, and cafés that keep the streets alive. Then, head towards the New Residence and its baroque Rose Garden with incredible views over the town.

Bamberg: Self-Guided BierSchmecker® Tour

5. Bamberg: Self-Guided BierSchmecker® Tour

8 Bamberg breweries are part of this fantastic BierSchmecker® tour. With the map of the city in your hands, you can stroll along the paths of brewing culture through the old town of Bamberg. Chose four of the breweries to taste their speciality beers with the help of the included vouchers and take home a souvenir beer stein, hand made and branded with Bamberg emblem. A pair of smoke beer truffels also comes with the package, furthermore the brochure “Bamberg’s world of beer”, listing all the breweries in town and in the region.

Bamberg: Immersive Medieval Tour

6. Bamberg: Immersive Medieval Tour

Feel the medieval magic of fire, mead, and witches' ointment in a present-day UNESCO World Heritage Site. Go on an interactive tour of Bamberg, the town chosen to become a "second Rome" by German emperor Henry II in the 11th century.  Check out well-preserved structures dating back to the 11th century from the colorful town hall to the city's ancient Romanesque cathedral. Learn how the town's architecture influenced central European urban form and evolution over the centuries.  But don't just get the official, zoomed out history of the city. Greet your tour guide and enjoy a glass of delicious medieval mead before coming face to face with how the common people lived, loved, and died when the world was still populated by demons and witches. Take on the role of a noble lady or a simple craftsman for the duration of the tour. Appreciate the authentic props and hands-on approach that will allow you to collect water from wells and ignite the embers in the stove with a fire striker like someone from the Middle Ages.

Bamberg: Historical City Tour in German with Brewery Visit

7. Bamberg: Historical City Tour in German with Brewery Visit

Discover Bamberg’s beer culture by visiting important sites related to the art of brewing, and hear exciting stories about hops and malt. Afterwards, enjoy an exclusive visit to the Schlenkerla brewery at Stephansberg, complete with malting and gusset samples. Hear about the important role beer plays in Bamberg. Eleven family-owned breweries in the Bamberg city area and around 60 breweries in the nearby Bamberger district produce over 400 different kinds of beer, all hand-brewed, including winners of international awards, traditional varieties and new specialties. The sheer variety of beer in Bamberg - from rauchbier (smoked beer) to Franconian Kellerbier, from Ungespundetes or lager beer to bock beer - is amazing.

Witch Hunt in Bamberg

8. Witch Hunt in Bamberg

One of the darkest chapters in Bamberg's history is the persecution of witches, to which hundreds of citizens fell victim in the 17th century. The hunt for witches and sorcerers was by no means limited to red-haired women or elderly mothers, as common clichés would have us believe, but included men and women from all social classes up to Bamberg mayors. Anyone who ended up in the "Trudenhaus," Bamberg's witch prison, was as good as lost. This tour takes you into the long history of witch hunts in Bamberg. On this walk you will not only learn about the dark past, but also about the city's history and how it has been dealt with until today.

Bamberg: Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt Walking Tour

9. Bamberg: Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt Walking Tour

Discover the medieval city of Bamberg on a self-guided walking tour. Visit famous landmarks and hidden treasures of the town and solve puzzles on a family-friendly scavenger hunt. Begin your adventure at the Lower Bridge. Before heading to the starting point, set up your tour on your smartphone, charge your phone, and bring along your headphones. Enjoy the warm and lively atmosphere as you stroll through the streets of the historic city. As you walk, listen to stories about Bamberg's history and culture. Stop at each of the 9 mystery stops to learn more about this fascinating city. Stroll past the famous sights of the Old Town Hall, the Rottmeisterhäuschen, the Bamberg Cathedral, and the Tattermann Column. Discover hidden secrets of Bamberg and collect points when you solve a scavenger hunt puzzle. As you wander through Old Town, pause the tour to stop for a coffee, ice cream, or beer. If you're traveling with a larger group, compete in teams, set a time limit, and compare scores at the end.

Bamberg: Private Guided Walking Tour

10. Bamberg: Private Guided Walking Tour

Explore Bamberg's well-preserved Old Town — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — on a private walking tour with a local guide. Go inside Bamberg Cathedral, learn about the city's history and legends, and hear about the local smoked beer on a tour you can customize to fit your interests. Begin your tour by meeting your guide at Bamberg Cathedral. Head inside the imperial cathedral to admire the impressive marble tomb of Emperor Heinrich II and his wife, the Empress Kunigunde, or the tomb of Pope Clement II, the only papal grave in Germany. Afterward, walk along the narrow streets of the Old Town, a center of imperial and episcopal power for almost a thousand years. Travel back in time to medieval Europe as you marvel at the architectural wonders in the city, including the Old Town Hall and the New Residence. Find out about the legendary local tale of the Old Town Hall's construction, the mystery of the Bamberg Horseman, and the Archbishop of Bamberg. See the Church of Our Lady and Little Venice, and learn about the local breweries and smoked beer from your guide.

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Susanne has in-depth knowledge and passed it on to us very nicely. The food stations were very nice and we got enough and varied food.

Very lively and charmingly led by our guide Anna Stein! She was very knowledgeable, including history. I will always recommend this.

Super nice tour, very humorous guide. We really enjoyed it and it won't be the last tour in Bamberg. Absolutely recommended.

Excitingly told information Lots of little surprises Very nice exchange Very personable

Fun times walking around Bamberg Good value for money