Welcome to Bamberg!

The city of Bamberg has 77,000 residents and has been listed as a World Heritage site since 1993. According to the most recent Prognos study on behalf of ZDF, Germany’s second public TV channel, it is one of the country’s most family-friendly medium-sized cities.
Situated in the picturesque Regnitz river valley and surrounded by the nature reserves and recreational areas of Franconian Switzerland, Steiger Forest (Steigerwald) and Hassberge, the city and district of Bamberg represent an attractive housing and living area which provides a wide variety of social, economic, cultural, hospitality and sports activities.

Family-friendly and liveable!

The Bamberg city area and its large rural district (147,000 residents) provide sufficient living space. The public transport system and short-cycle city bus connections to neighboring communities ensure convenient daily commuting for all family members. The conversion of large spaces and the intensive building renovation in the city area, as well as the development of new residential areas in and around the city will continue to provide attractive housing options for everybody.
With ten secondary schools for university preparation (German “Gymnasien”) and junior high schools (German “Realschulen”), one specialized secondary school, one higher technical school, and 20 specialist and vocational schools, Bamberg offers a broad spectrum of educational institutions. 53 child daycare centers and nursery schools, as well as 18 elementary and middle schools are distributed over the entire city area.
With 13,000 students and 90 disciplines, the Otto Friedrich University Bamberg complements the city’s versatile educational offering.

Eating and drinking keep body and soul together!

No matter whether you want to foster your culinary skills and enjoy a nicely decorated table in your own home, or prefer a relaxed visit to a restaurant, brewery guesthouse, beer garden (simply referred to as “cellars” by Bamberg residents), or a café: Bamberg offers an almost inexhaustible range of options.
The daily market goes back to the long-standing tradition of the former Garden City and offers a virtually limitless variety of fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs and various other tempting ingredients. In addition, bakeries, butchers, confectioners and other specialist shops offer various local delicacies, such as the famous Bamberg potatoes (“Bamberger Hörnla”), liver loaf (“Leberkäs”) and fried sausages (“Bratwörscht”).
Thirteen family-run breweries in the Bamberg city area and around 60 breweries in its surroundings produce more than 400 types of beer, all crafted, including international award-winners, traditional beer types, and new specialties. The variety of beer available in Bamberg is amazing – from smoked beer (“Rauchbier”) to Franconian cellar beer, “Ungespundetes” or lager beer up to the so-called bock beer. During a visit to one of the brewery guesthouses or a “beer cellar” during the summer months you can enjoy cool beer and Franconian sausages or even the legendary “Schäuferla” (a traditional Franconian dish made from the pig’s shoulder and prepared in the oven).
Wherever you go: You will find restaurants, guesthouses, wine bars, bars and cafés for every taste and every occasion in all the city districts.
The Franconian wine-growing region stretches west of Bamberg. In addition to the traditional Silvaner wine, dozens of committed winegrowers cultivate and offer a large number of other types of wine. And there’s another special kind of culinary establishment: the so-called “hedge guesthouses” (“Heckenwirtschaften”), where home-made local wines and dishes are offered at very reasonable prices.

If you rest, you rust!

The many parks and green areas in the city, as well as the large open fields and forests around the city, are simply ideal for recreational activities. Several public swimming baths, almost 100 sports clubs and facilities, as well as numerous running and jogging tracks provide various sports opportunities. The nearby recreational areas in the wonderful landscapes of Franconian Switzerland (“Fränkische Schweiz”), the Steiger Forest (Steigerwald) and the Hassberge mountain area are less than an hour’s drive from Bamberg. And those who enjoy hiking or bicycle tours, canoeing, climbing adventures or cave excursions can benefit from almost endless recreational opportunities – alone, as a family or with friends.

Culture – The opportunities are virtually endless!

The Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Music Association, Jazz Club, E.T.A. Hoffmann Theater, Brentano Theater, Puppet Theater, Club Kaulberg or Chapeau Claque are just a few examples of the wide variety of cultural offerings. In addition to these well-known cultural sites, there are fascinating cabarets and musical venues of various styles – for both children and adults. Annual events such as the “Sandkerwa” fair, “Bamberg Magic” (“Bamberg zaubert”), the “Bamberg Beer Days” (“Bamberger Biertage”), the “Jazz and Blues Festival” or the “Geyerswoerth Castle Wine Festival” (“Weinfest Schloss Geyerswoerth”) fill the city with life and create a cheerful atmosphere in the city center with its many historic buildings.
Not only Bamberg’s historic city center – listed as a world heritage site – but also numerous other places of interest in the city’s surroundings attract thousands of tourists from all over the world every year and are simply ideal for interesting visits and exploration tours.

Right in the center of everything and easy to reach!

You can reach Bamberg from Munich in less than two hours and from Berlin in less than three – directly and without changing trains! Bamberg is seamlessly integrated into the ICE network of the German railway company Deutsche Bahn. Regional trains from Wuerzburg, Nuremberg and Bayreuth arrive in Bamberg every hour. In addition, Bamberg is connected to the Nuremberg VGN regional train network.
The city also has immediate access to Germany’s federal motorway network: directly via the A70 and A73 motorways and also indirectly via the A3 and A7.
Nuremberg Airport is just a 40-minute drive away, and both the Munich and Frankfurt airports can be reached in about two hours.