Over the weekend a friend and I visited the Landesgartenscahu Bamberg. Once we were done with the garden, we had a little more than two hours to spare. We decided to head on over to the old town and simply walk around.
Since it was just the two of us with no kids to worry about, it felt good to stroll around this enchanting town. I could take my time to pause and simply take in the sights. I LOVE walking on cobbled streets taking the off beaten path, admiring the very old fachwerk(half timbered)houses with their all the more old shutters and beautiful doors. Since the initial plan was to only visit the garden show, I had not done my reading to get acquainted with the city. Something told me that this town was untouched. It had the charm of an ancient city.
Once home I had to know more about Bamberg. It is one of the few cities in Germany that was not destroyed during World War II(so I was right, everything looked so real and original). Bamberg extends over seven hills, each crowned by a church. This has led to Bamberg being called the Franconian Rome.
We managed to visit St Michaels church on Michaelberg. The climb to this hill was worth it through meadows and vineyards from which we could see the other hills with the churches.
(The view of Bamberg from Michaelsberg)
(St Michael's Kirche)
This is why I love blue skies. You end up with stunning pictures..:D
We then headed on over to the Klein Venedig or Little Venice which is a colony of picturesque's fishermen houses from the 19th century along one side of the river Regnitz. I expressed a desire to live in one of those homes. This stunned my friend(she is german). She wouldn' have chosen such a place . "Just think of all the hochwasser( flood)" she says..:D So much for my wishful thinking.
(Klein Venedig or Little Venice of Bamberg)
Time just flew by. I wanted to see more, but we had a train to catch. I had seen plenty of pictures of the famous Altes Rathaus, but then had to choose between trying to get the actual shot of it or catch our train. I chose the latter. We walked through the Rathaus admiring the pretty paintings. To see how it actually looks click here.
There's no doubt, I fell in love with Bamberg. I also felt a wee bit jealous of my husband who had lived in Bamberg for a whole 8 months before we are married...:D Now I know,why he loved to walk for hours together around this town.
Picking up the good old bratwurst, we walked back, me wanting to return one day with the kids and maybe attempt climbing at least half of Bamberg's hills, if not all.
And for the record, my friend just could not understand as to why was I clicking so many pictures..:D