Anatomy Of A Germany Road Trip: Pt. IV Bamberg

by farrah on April 8, 2013 · 8 comments

This is part 4 in a series. 

We didn’t even spend 24 hours in Bamberg on our road trip across Germany and I feel it’s worthy of its own post. It is just so incredibly unique- rich in history, and absolutely gorgeous.

My husband has a coworker friend from South Carolina who also expat-ed with his delightful family and they ended up in Bamberg (lucky!). On our tour de force we made a plan to meet up with them and see their city. It was just a short hop on the train from Nuremberg, so we took our last full day and rode over to check it out. Not disappointing- they showed us all of the important sights and took us to a restaurant for a very traditional German lunch where I once again managed to overeat sauerkraut.

This beautiful ‘Rome of the North‘ sits on seven hills and has managed to maintain its charm and appeal over the centuries. Yes. Centuries!

Such an interesting story comes with this strange-looking structure- the Altes Rathaus of Bamberg. It answers why it has two different paint jobs going on.



Look familiar? You might not be crazy if you think it looks a little like Disney. It should be that Disney looks a little like Bamberg.





Inside one of the churches of Bamberg. Parts are always under restoration. I guess when you’re built hundreds of years ago- that’s going to happen!



Gratuitous family shot. Yes, we like to all wear hats.


All I know is that we loved every second of it- and I regret not trying its famous ‘Smoke Beer’.

I am so glad that we went- and really, really hope that we make it back to Nuremberg and Bamberg again at least once more. My husband has this mantra of ‘If I’ve been there once, why go back? There’s so much to see!’. Whereas if I really like a place, I want to revisit. Good thing we have our whole lives ahead of us because I can easily see us coming back to Europe once we’re old and gray with an empty house. What great memories to relive!

So my recommendation for a 5 day road trip through Germany with three little kids in the dead of winter: Skip Munich, stay at the Nuremberg castle hostel, hit the zoo  and visit Bamberg on the train once you’re there. Your butt and thighs will be aching for days afterward due to the hilly terrain, but since you’ll eat till you want to burst, that’s probably a good thing.

All photos taken by me except the one with the sign by my hubs. Gotta give him credit- wouldn’t want to be sued!

Ever been to Bamberg? What did you think?

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Elizabeth April 8, 2013 at 8:54 am

You’ll definitely have to come back when all of the window boxes are out. It changes the whole landscape!


2 farrah April 8, 2013 at 8:58 am

We do- I saw some photos online and I can only imagine what they look like in person! Plus I have got to try that beer. I could kick myself for not trying it now that I read more about it. Thank you again for being such wonderful hosts!


3 Leighann April 8, 2013 at 10:38 am

Wow. The buildings are incredible. Seriously beautiful sites


4 farrah April 8, 2013 at 1:42 pm

They are! I’m first and foremost in awe of the age of everything. Makes America seem so very young.


5 Kim@Co-Pilot Mom April 8, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Another gorgeous city! It must be amazing to be surrounded by all of that history and beauty. 🙂


6 farrah April 8, 2013 at 1:43 pm

It really was incredible! You look around hardly able to believe it’s all real.


7 Gretchen February 12, 2015 at 5:51 pm

Gorgeous photos of this beautifully preserved city! My dad was born there in 1920, lived there until he was 5 or 6. He has been back numerous times; I have been once and thought it magical. My husband & I plan to take our children there in 3 years (after our youngest turns 6). Perhaps my dad will be able to join us…yes, do the math there. But I say all things possible!
I laughed hard at your butt & thigh comment. I had the same experience!


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