In the summer of 2001 my sister Linda came over to visit. We drove down to Bavaria in southern Germany, visiting Bamberg, Schwangau and the castles of King Ludwig II, and Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Our first stop was in Bamberg.
Bamberg, on the Regnitz River, has been a city for over 1100 years. It was the residence of the Earls of Badenberg - the source of the name Bamberg. In 973 Kaiser Otto II gave it to the Bavarian Duke Heinrich der Zanker. His son Heinrich II who later became Kaiser raised the city to bishop's residence and built the cathedral in 1012. He also built the benedictine abbey of St. Michael and several other churches, donated a library and created a "Northern Rome",
Bamberg boasts fines examples of Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque and Rococo architecture. It has been a centre of education for over a thousand years - from the cathedral school founded in the middle of the 11th century to the present university.
Bamberg has a long history of fishing, shipping and mills. Little Venice, the picturesque houses along the Regnitz, was traditionally the fishermen's quarter. Because of its proximity to the Rhein-Main-Danube canal, Bamberg is still a thriving port. Wealthy mill owners in earlier centuries build grand houses in the city. Most of the mills along the river are no longer working, but have become restaurants or galleries in Bamberg's new major industry of tourism.
November 19, 2013
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