Postcards from Bamberg

We’ve fallen for Bamberg, a city so steeped in history that it’s a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Area. The River Regnitz flows in two branches through the town, dividing the city into three and forming much of its character. It’s busy, but not besieged by tourists. Here are four postcards from Bamberg.

The Old Town Hall. Denied any building land by the Bishop of Bamberg, the citizens created an island in the river to build their town hall at the end of the 1300s.

The Cathedral, consecrated in 1237 is the third on the site. The first two burnt down.

Tillman Riemenschneider, the sculptor and woodcarver who died in 1531 has works in many of the churches we’ve visited. Here’s a detail from Heinrich II’s tomb in the Cathedral.

These were once fishermen’s cottages. No fishermen now.

9 thoughts on “Postcards from Bamberg”

  1. Fabulous, never got to Bamberg, but how I would love to these days now I properly appreciate Riemenschneider and his genius for capturing human expression. I don’t know if you will be visiting Rothenburg ob der Tauber, but I seem to remember there’s an altarpiece by him there. Have another lovely day touring and eating kuchen!

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      1. Ah, well maybe it’s no big deal (very quietly I did say to my husband as we drove out of the old town that it was SO well preserved that it was ever so a little bit . . . Disney). Of course, I was much younger and callow.

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  2. I accept Bamberg quite easily, as it’s the Real Thing. I’m more mixed about those places that virtually totally reconstructed following war-time bombing. Though they have done so quite immaculately, and preserved or re-discovered various crafts that might otherwise have disappeared. And it’s great to visit to see them as they once were. But …… Honestly though, I’m not sure they could have done otherwise when you look at some city centres, such as Sheffield, which thoughtlessly threw up all sorts of horrors in the years after WWII.

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