On the second day, I headed to Bamberg, which is in the northern part of Bavaria. Bamberg is well-known for the numbers of breweries and it is famous for its nice beer, especially a dark beer called "Rauchbier (smoked beer in English)".
Bamberg is served by both regional and express trains like ICE and it is conveniently located from the major cities in Germany.
It is very easy to get there for a day trip from Nuernberg. It was one of the reasons that I stayed at Nuernberg and the main purpose of my visit to Bamberg was to visit local breweries!
Bamberg is one of the few cities in Germany that wasn't destroyed by World WarII and
lots of historical buildings in the old town are well-preserved. The old town of Bamberg is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage because of its authentic medieval appearance.
Alte Rathaus(Old Town Hall)
The amazing old town hall stands in the middle of the river Regnitz.
The town hall is one of the features of the old town.
The photo on the right is the best-known sight of Bamberg. The oldest part of the building was built in the 14th century and the cute half-timbered house was attached in the 17th century. To my surprise, it is situated directly avove the river!
The old town is basically divided into two by the river Regnitz and there are so many different kinds of bridges, wooden bridges, road bridges and arched-stone bridges. They provided great views from different angles.
I heard that Bamberg was a reasonable sized town and it was easy to explore there. But actually, it was quite hard to look for the desired brewery with a map held in my hand. Because all the information about the brewery location was "It's located along the old town river." and "The brewery building has a high chimney and its wall facing the river has a picture of a monk.".
Additionally, the streets were narrow and winding, so the old town was like a maze!!