SENIORS VISIT BAMBERG, GERMANY

Sep 30th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors, Go With Me To Bavaria!

Bamberg is a city in Bavaria, Germany. It is located in Upper Franconia on the river Regnitz, close to its confluence with the river Main. Seniors, did you know that Bamberg is one of the few cities in Germany that was not destroyed by World War II bombings?  A nearby artillery factory  prevented planes from getting near to Bamberg.  Home to nearly 7,000 foreign nationals, over 4,100 members of the United States Army and their dependents make their home there. The name Bamberg is supposed to have its origin in the House of Babenberg.

This little city is one of the gems of Franconia, although senior visitors often pass it by. Bamberg is set in the rolling Franconian hills where the Regnitz River flows into the Main.  The Old Town represents a model of an early medieval town. It is regarded as particularly fortunate that Bamberg has survived all the wars almost unscathed. With more than 2,000 individual landmarks, including numerous monumental buildings from the 11th to 18th century one can easily see why it is a World Heritage Site.

Seniors Find A City of Landmarks and Breweries

Bamberg is home to eight breweries, an unusually high number for a city of 70,000. Bamberg is known for its smoked Rauchbier. The most famous is Schlenkerla‘s Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier from the Heller brewery; seniors can enjoy it at the Schlenkerla tavern on the Dominikaner Strasse in the Old Town.  Today, Bamberg and beer go together like barley and hops. The town has been called a beer drinker’s Eden (there are more breweries here than in Munich). The average Bamberger drinks 190 liters (50 gal.) of beer a year, making the rest of the German people look like teetotalers by comparison.

Bamberg is famous for its architecture, with styles ranging from Romanesque to Gothic, Renaissance to Baroque. In this charming city, you can find narrow cobblestone streets, ornate mansions and palaces, and impressive churches. Another highlight is Little Venice.  A picturesque line of beautifully decorated, restored houses of the 19th Century. Lastly you will want to visit Neue Residenz.

During its period of greatest prosperity, from the 12th century onwards, the architecture of Bamberg strongly influenced northern Germany and Hungary. In the late 18th century it was the centre of the Enlightenment in southern Germany, with eminent philosophers and writers such as Hegel and Hoffmann living there.

Nota bene seniors: Bamberg is not a museum, but the unique cultural atmosphere and joy of life can be an adventure. In addition to a fascinating urban landscape the senior visitor will find a wealth of festivals, cultural highlights and culinary delights. There is always party going on somewhere; the Franconian hospitality expresses itself when people get together, and the major occasions to celebrate are the frequent anniversaries of churches’ consecrations. Pick yourself up a great beer stein here for a souvenir and you might even investigate trying to fill it a couple of times on site.  jeb



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