On a meandering journey in Germany, I traveled to the Town of Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bamberg is one of the touted medieval towns in Bavaria, and one of the better ones. 

Starting from the train station, there was a modern stretch of sidewalks with just enough local residents milling about to make it feel comfortable. As I came closer to the older center, my anticipation grew. 

The Regnitz River runs through that section of town and the buildings (1200s) are very picturesque. Bamberg escaped Allied bombing in World War II.

We even have data on a witchcraft trial held in Bamberg in the 1600s.

Bamberg has a bit of a college town feel and that always makes me comfortable. Breweries seem to do a good business there. Of the town’s museums, one is even a brewery museum.

The streets became busier with tourists in the afternoon, but overall its small town atmosphere dwarfed the tourist vibe.

Old Town Hall (1426)

After wandering about the tourist section, I encountered just enough modern art on the sidewalks to keep me curious. When there were more waterways, I kept walking. Climbing up the hill was well worth the beautiful monastery at the top.  

The strawberries from the outdoor market were delicious.  It was just the right time of year to have a picnic.

Life was beautiful.

As it’s a medieval town, you may want to ponder a few medieval quotes over your beer.  I like:  

“People pretend not to like grapes when the vines are too high for them to reach.”
Marguerite de Navarre  (French, 1492-1549)

 Sunshine helps for fonder memories of a place. 


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