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Bamberg 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

1. Bamberg 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

Explore Bamberg and see more than 2,400 historic buildings, picturesque winding streets, and medieval churches that make the town a work of art. Bamberg was awarded its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993 – and not without reason. Enjoy a walking tour of the town and experience the successful combination of impressive architecture and Baroque town houses for yourself. See just how unique Bamberg is on an extensive tour. Feel the magic of the past as you stroll through the town and admire the Cathedral, churches, and monasteries as well as beautiful bridges, narrow streets, wide squares, half-timbered houses, and Baroque facades. See the Old Court, the New Residenz, the Rose Garden, and “Little Venice.”

Bamberg: City Highlights Walking Tour

2. Bamberg: City Highlights Walking Tour

Discover contemporary Bamberg as well as its chequered history on a guided walking tour. Take your time to admire the city's architectural masterpieces. Also, visit the medieval Cathedral, the Jewish quarter, and the old town protected as a Unesco World Heritage Site. Stroll around the city with your tour guide and discover the famous city hall. Take some photos of the curious building constructed on an artificial island in the Regnitz River. Learn all about its medieval Cathedral and the history of one of the oldest Jewish communities in Germany. Explore Little Venice and its half-timbered cottages, once home to the fishermen. Pass by the different breweries, taverns, and cafés that keep the streets alive. Then, head towards the New Residence and its baroque Rose Garden with incredible views over the town.

Bamberg: Guided Beer History Tour with Optional Tasting

3. Bamberg: Guided Beer History Tour with Optional Tasting

The paths to beer are short in Bamberg, but the exciting history of the delicious beer stretches far back. It is impossible to conceive of the history of Bamberg without beer, making it the perfect place to follow the footsteps of brewing from its monastic beginnings via the flourishing hop trade to the global commercial malt houses. Discover more about the fine art of brewing and learn about customs and traditions concerned with drinking beer. Visit the main attractions of the town, itself a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at the original locations of the Bamberg beer war, meet the Säufermännla, and sample delicacies of the town in a pub brewery. Along the way, see the Pfahlplätzchen, the Eisgrube with the Upper Parish Church, the Domberg, and the Sandstraße.

Bamberg: Self-Guided BierSchmecker® Tour

4. Bamberg: Self-Guided BierSchmecker® Tour

7 Bamberg breweries are part of this fantastic BierSchmecker® tour. With the map of the city in your hands, you can stroll along the paths of brewing culture through the old town of Bamberg. Chose four of the breweries to taste their speciality beers with the help of the included vouchers and take home a souvenir beer stein, hand made and branded with Bamberg emblem. A pair of smoke beer truffels also comes with the package, furthermore the brochure “Bamberg’s world of beer”, listing all the breweries in town and in the region.

Bamberg: Immersive Medieval Tour

5. Bamberg: Immersive Medieval Tour

Feel the medieval magic of fire, mead, and witches' ointment in a present-day UNESCO World Heritage Site. Go on an interactive tour of Bamberg, the town chosen to become a "second Rome" by German emperor Henry II in the 11th century.  Check out well-preserved structures dating back to the 11th century from the colorful town hall to the city's ancient Romanesque cathedral. Learn how the town's architecture influenced central European urban form and evolution over the centuries.  But don't just get the official, zoomed out history of the city. Greet your tour guide and enjoy a glass of delicious medieval mead before coming face to face with how the common people lived, loved, and died when the world was still populated by demons and witches. Take on the role of a noble lady or a simple craftsman for the duration of the tour. Appreciate the authentic props and hands-on approach that will allow you to collect water from wells and ignite the embers in the stove with a fire striker like someone from the Middle Ages.

BambergCard: 3-Day, 7 Museum Discovery Pass

6. BambergCard: 3-Day, 7 Museum Discovery Pass

With the fantastic BambergCard, see the city's most interesting attractions for 3 days at a great price. Join Bamberg experts on a discovery tour of the town and experience the fascinating World Heritage Site. On a 2-hour tour, admire the significant monuments, works of art, and charming details. Visit as many of the 9 best museums in the town as you wish – with the large selection there is something to suit everyone. Learn everything about religion at the Diocesan Museum and literature enthusiasts can enjoy visiting E.T.A. Hoffmann's House. Immerse yourself in history at the Historical Museum or discover where jeans are made at the Levis Strauss Museum. Nature lovers can visit the Natural History Museum or the Gardener and Hackers Museum. See beautiful ceramics and tableware from the 18th century at the Ludwig Collection. You can easily visit these fascinating museums with any number of journeys in the entire route network of the Bamberg transport company and the surrounding area.

Bamberg: Historical City Tour in German with Brewery Visit

7. Bamberg: Historical City Tour in German with Brewery Visit

Discover Bamberg’s beer culture by visiting important sites related to the art of brewing, and hear exciting stories about hops and malt. Afterwards, enjoy an exclusive visit to the Schlenkerla brewery at Stephansberg, complete with malting and gusset samples. Hear about the important role beer plays in Bamberg. Eleven family-owned breweries in the Bamberg city area and around 60 breweries in the nearby Bamberger district produce over 400 different kinds of beer, all hand-brewed, including winners of international awards, traditional varieties and new specialties. The sheer variety of beer in Bamberg - from rauchbier (smoked beer) to Franconian Kellerbier, from Ungespundetes or lager beer to bock beer - is amazing.

Bamberg: Altenburg Castle Tour

8. Bamberg: Altenburg Castle Tour

Take a journey through history on a fascinating guided tour of the charming castle of Altenburg. Enjoy commanding views over the quaint town of Bamberg, from the castle's location on the highest of the town's seven hills. Learn captivating stories about the 900 years of the castle's history, and find out all about the Pallas reconstructions, and the so-called E.T.A Hoffmann snug. Get drawn into an age of romanticism, and gain interesting insights into the defenses and weaponry of centuries gone by.

Bamberg: 1-Hour Theatrical Humor Tour with Costumed Guide

9. Bamberg: 1-Hour Theatrical Humor Tour with Costumed Guide

Journey back in time to Bamberg’s past on this theatrical Baroque tour. Admire the beautiful sights of the city with your costumed tour guide. Dressed in a Baroque costume with mask, your guide slips into the role of a fictional character from this decisive era for Bamberg and employs baroque turns of phrase. Starting the tour at the Old Town Hall and its surrounding area, see the Ludwig Collection. This major porcelain collection is brought to life with explanations and stories. Learn more about Baroque architecture, which shaped the face of Bamberg, and admire the most beautiful monuments of this period. See the Cathedral Hill with the Old Court and the New Residence with its fantastic rose garden.

Bamberg: Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt Walking Tour

10. Bamberg: Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt Walking Tour

Discover the medieval city of Bamberg on a self-guided walking tour. Visit famous landmarks and hidden treasures of the town and solve puzzles on a family-friendly scavenger hunt. Begin your adventure at the Lower Bridge. Before heading to the starting point, set up your tour on your smartphone, charge your phone, and bring along your headphones. Enjoy the warm and lively atmosphere as you stroll through the streets of the historic city. As you walk, listen to stories about Bamberg's history and culture. Stop at each of the 9 mystery stops to learn more about this fascinating city. Stroll past the famous sights of the Old Town Hall, the Rottmeisterhäuschen, the Bamberg Cathedral, and the Tattermann Column. Discover hidden secrets of Bamberg and collect points when you solve a scavenger hunt puzzle. As you wander through Old Town, pause the tour to stop for a coffee, ice cream, or beer. If you're traveling with a larger group, compete in teams, set a time limit, and compare scores at the end.

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What people are saying about Bamberg

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,182 reviews

I was with my wife on September 11th, 2021 in Bamberg for a historical city tour in beautiful weather, we were able to experience corners in this beautiful city that we would probably never have seen. The guide was understandable, of course with dialect and very detailed in his explanations. He was able to answer questions directly and score accordingly. He was very happy to exceed the time of 2 hours, which is why there was not just applause at the end. Always happy to recommend.

Very good and competent leadership. Depending on the time of year, it could be a shame that no guided tours inside churches are limited. Use of technology (guidance via headphones and info points etc.), Bamberg app for cell phones etc.

Die Tour war sehr informativ und hat viel Spaß gemacht. Nicht zu lange und nicht zu kurz, genau richtig für einen ersten Eindruck der schönen Stadt Bamberg.

The tour is really highly recommended! We laughed almost completely and our guide was perfect like stolen from another era. :)

Very interesting and also manageable for my 76-year-old mother. Gladly again.