A Virtual Mini-Break in Bamberg

This is not the week to get out and about with my camera looking for Unusual Points of View for Jude’s Challenge.  Here’s why: *

The view from the bedroom window.

She’d like us to shoot something often photographed, but choose a less usual point of view.  I thought I’d combine it with a mini-break for us all.

Let’s go to Bamberg.  The old town there, a UNESCO World Heritage site, largely built on the rivers Regnitz and Main, between the 11th and 19th centuries can easily keep you busy and charmed for several days.  You can visit the main sites here.

But we have a job to do – Jude’s challenge.

This week's assignment - take a picture of a frequently photographed subject like a flower or a person's face from an unusual POV. How can you create an out-of-the-ordinary shot?

We’ll wander along the river to get a different view of the much photographed Old Town Hall.

A view of the Old Town Hall from the riverside of the Old Town.
Another view of the Old Town, seen from the comfort of a bar.

Then we’ll stroll about in Little Venice.

Little Venice, seen from the opposite bank of the river.

In the afternoon, we’ll go out of town and take a trip to Schloss Seehof .  It was built as a palace and hunting lodge for one of the Prince-Bishops of Bamberg between 1684 and 1695.  I wanted to capture the idea of this stylish palace being very much a place-in-the-country.

A view from the parkland.
Some of the parkland has become a nature reserve, with ponds and wetland. That’s the side of the palace I wanted to show here.

A short trip, I’m afraid.  But with travelling being so difficult nowadays, short, sweet and virtual is probably the way forward.

2020 Photo Challenge #36

* To be fair, it’s no longer raining.  But it was then …

Author: margaret21

I'm retired and living in North Yorkshire, where I walk as often as I can, write, volunteer, and travel as often as I can.

29 thoughts on “A Virtual Mini-Break in Bamberg”

  1. I was in Poznan, in Poland, a couple of years back and they have erected a statue to the Bambergers. When Poland was going through an economic downturn, they invited the Bamberg residents to come and settle and help them out. They did and saved the town, so as a way to thank them they raised a small statue. The statue was hidden away for years because of ill-feeling between Poles and Germans post World War II but has now been brought out again into the main square. I have not been there but it looks so pretty. I wish I had.

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    1. It’s certainly worth a visit. We didn’t make it to Poznan when we were in Poland, despite my father having been born near there. We had no clues as to his actual address, so it was all a little frustrating.

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      1. I have a similar problem with Zullichau now Sulechow in Poland – West of Poznan. Where in Sulechow was my great great grandfather born? Where did he live? I only know the town and not even his parent’s names. A tad frustrating for me, Margaret. Did you spend long in Poland?

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      2. That’s my proble. When my father’s father died when my dad was 12, his mother remarried, and I don’t know the surname. We had a fortnight – but so much to see, and apart from Gdansk, we focused on Poznan where my fayer was at University.


      3. Two glorious weeks they must have been in Poland, Margaret. It really is a country that surprises and delights. But also one that holds its secrets. I doubt if I will ever find out more given the records were destoyed during the war. Frustrating indeed.


  2. Thanks for the virtual visit and the different POVs. I love the view of the old town from the bar. Nicely framed. Interesting conversation too – so you have a lot in common with R.Jo then. The Polish connection.
    I hope you are experiencing some of this lovely Indian summer weather now?


    1. Yes, Jo and I have swapped Polish stories, though she has moe than me, having living relatives she’s met. Having been brought up on Polish food to some extent, you can see why spam fritters won’t do 😉

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  3. Bamberg was a town my father, who was de facto Swiss, but was born and grew up in Coburg, told a lot about. I have no recollection WHAT it was but it gave me a jolt of ‘recognition’ as if I’d been there and seen all the beauties you described. Can’t ask my dad any longer what was so special, but your tale will do for now! 😉

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  4. Interesting points of view of an interesting place. The wildflowers and grasses are lovely too.
    It is nice to be able travel virtually when being restricted – be it by the virus or by the weather.


      1. I think you succeeded in doing that – part of a living and ongoing history. Hopefully they keep going and have a life of their own even without tourism in these travel-restricted times.

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  5. I think Virtual Tours are an excellent idea, especially when you get a ‘different view’ personal, visual account. Isn’t the idea of parkland becoming a nature reserve fabulous and a step in the right direction?

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