UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993

Similar to Rome, the time-honoured imperial and episcopal city of Bamberg was built on seven hills. The Kaiserdom (imperial cathedral) dominates the town, and is a listed ensemble of beautiful structures spanning the Middle Ages and the bourgeois Baroque. The old town has been preserved unchanged, and comprises the three historic town centres of Bergstadt, Inselstadt and Gärtnerstadt.

The Dom St. Peter and St. Georg (Bamberg cathedral) is one of the imperial cathedrals and, with its four towers, is the dominant building in the old town. Inside are the Bamberger Reiter (Bamberg horseman), the tomb of the only canonised imperial couple of the Holy Roman Empire, Henry II and Cunigunde, and the tomb of Pope Clement II, the only papal tomb in Germany.

The entire Domplatz (cathedral square) is spectacular, with the Romanesque-Gothic cathedral, the magnificent angular building of the Baroque Neue Residenz (new residence) and the Alte Hofhaltung (old court) with elements from the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Other attractions in the old town are the Brückenrathaus (bridge town hall) with the Regnitz river lapping up against it, the rose garden with a view over the old town and up to the Kloster St. Michael monastery, the tanners' houses on the Alte Kanal (old canal), the mill district and the “Klein Venedig” (little Venice) fishing settlement.

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