Romantic half-timbered houses, traditional beer culture and lots of nature – there is a lot to discover in the Franconian city of Bamberg in Germany. The magnificent old town, a designated World Heritage Site since 1993, has been mostly preserved. It gives the city, with its seven hills, a unique atmosphere. In this Collection, we show you 10 varied walks in and around Bamberg and the surrounding Franconian Tuscan countryside.
Explore the sights of Bamberg on a rally through the city, spend the day exploring the different districts and green parks, or follow the modern sculptures route to discover the city in a completely new perspective. If you have already explored Bamburg enough, then you can choose one of the great hikes outside of the city gates. The Brewery Trail guides you through Franconian beer culture and you can also visit the birthplace of one of the most famous Fanconians, Levi Strauss. Known around the world as the inventor of jeans, Levi Strauss was born near Bamberg. From leisurely city strolls to challenging day hikes, this Collection has a wonderful mix of adventures to help you get to know Bamberg and the surrounding region in depth.
If you plan to stay in Franconia for several days, you can choose from a wide range of accommodation in Bamberg. After a long day hiking, you can enjoy a famous Franconian beer in one of the breweries – it doesn’t get much better than that?
In Bamberg's gardening town east of the Regnitz, commercial horticulture has been practiced since the Middle Ages - and this unique cultural landscape has been preserved to this day. On this five-kilometer walk through the city, you will discover the settlement area of the gardening town with its characteristic houses. It all starts in Obere Königstrasse.Right at the beginning you have a great view over the gardening town from a viewing platform. On the routes between the individual stations you will occasionally find small, green signs that provide you with additional information. 18 themed islands, several nurseries and refreshment stops await you along the way.Bring enough time for the short hike, then you can stroll through the streets in a relaxed manner and learn even more about the interesting history with a visit to the gardener and hacking museum.
More than ten percent of the urban area of Bamberg is designated as a biotope worthy of protection. Reason enough to explore the green side of the city on the urban ecological educational and adventure trail. The four-kilometer path leads from Michelsberg to Altenburg. Numerous adventure stations along the way provide even more variety.To get in the mood, you can first enjoy a wonderful view over Bamberg from Michelsberg and can already see your destination, the Altenburg, in the distance. Then your educational tour begins: On the way you will learn interesting facts about the city trees, meadows, hedges and allotments along the way. A wonderfully laid out path that is worthwhile in every season.Once you have reached your destination, you will be rewarded again with a magnificent view of the city. After you have taken a closer look at the magnificent Altenburg, you can enjoy it in the "Hoffmannsklause" before you pass the last two stops on the way and stroll back towards the city center.
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Historic old town flair meets modern art: The path of modern sculptures leads you through Bamberg city center and directs your gaze to special highlights. You can discover sculptures by artists such as Botero, Avramidis, Lüpertz or Wortelkamp. Your city walk begins at the Tourist Information.On your foray you can enjoy a great view over the roofs of the city and pass one or the other sight. However, the focus is on art: Time and again you will discover a new treasure along the way - be it a single figure or a collective outdoor exhibition in the sculpture park. Art lovers will get their money's worth on this five-kilometer circuit.On the way you will also pass a cozy café every now and then, where you can take a cake break. This will turn your city walk into a particularly enjoyable experience.
Did you know that Löb Strauss, better known as Levi Strauss, was Franke? The inventor of the popular jeans was born in Buttenheim. In the village southeast of Bamberg, a museum commemorates the city's famous son. On this almost 16-kilometer hike you will find out more about the world-famous Franconia and also enjoy the beautiful landscape around Buttenheim. The tour starts at the local train station, which you can easily reach with the S1 from Bamberg.After a little dangling through the village, you run towards Senftenberg. In the rock cellar there you can take a promising break, let your gaze wander over the landscape and enjoy a hearty beer. Right next to it you will find the Senftenberg Chapel, which is worth a short detour.Then it goes back to Buttenheim, where you can visit the birthplace of Levi Strauss at the end. In the museum you can find out more about the exiled Franconian and the history of his cult trousers. From here it is not far until you reach the train station again.
Do you want to experience the world cultural heritage Bamberg to the fullest and get to know the city even better? Then this entertaining city rally across the mountain, island and gardening city is just right for you. And so that you can learn something at the same time, you can get a brochure with exciting questions about the world cultural heritage at the Bamberg Tourist Information Center for three euros.From the tourist information office you stroll through the different parts of the city, from sight to sight. On the way you will come across cozy cafés or hearty breweries, so that enjoyment is not neglected either.The five-kilometer city walk gives you a perfect overview of the highlights in Bamberg and is therefore a great item on the program for the whole family.
Do you feel more like nature than city today? Then you will get your money's worth on this 13-kilometer hike through the parks and gardens of Bamberg. On the island between the two arms of the Regnitz you hike from one green headland to the next and you will be surprised how close to nature the Franconian city is. The round starts at the concert hall.The green heart of the old town is the Hain city park, through which the writer E.T.A. Hoffmann walked his laps. Along the banks of the Regnitz you walk through the green area and quickly forget that you are actually in the middle of the city. On a nice day you can pack a picnic and make yourself comfortable in the middle of the idyllic park.Once you've left one park, it's not far to the next: The Bavarian State Garden Show took place on the so-called ERBA site in 2012, and today the park is a popular local recreation area for Bamberg residents and their guests. There are several great playgrounds for children to run around, for adults there are nice places to take a break in the green. This makes your hike in the city the perfect excursion into the countryside.
Around Lohndorf, a little east of Bamberg, you don't have to go to a museum to experience art. There is plenty of art to discover on the Franconian Street of Sculptures - and that in the wonderful nature of Franconian Tuscany. The seven-kilometer round begins at the parking lot, coming from Litzendorf just before Lohndorf on the right.On the initiative of the Lohndorfer artist Ad Freundorfer, the street of sculptures connects art and nature experience. Information boards tell you more about the individual sculptures and their artists. That makes your hiking fun even more varied. Every now and then you will also pass beautiful rest areas and enjoy great views of the picturesque Ellertal.At the end of your little art trip, you can stop off in Lohndorf.
Franconia is known for its beer culture - with around 70 breweries, the Bamberg district even has the highest density of breweries in the world! Reason enough to dedicate a themed trail to barley juice. On this hike you will pass 13 breweries. With its almost 35 kilometers in length, the route is tough, so you can use some refreshment along the way. The tour starts in Memmelsdorf at the bus stop "Memmelsdorf Markt".Of course, there is no shortage of refreshment stops on this hike. But there is also a lot to discover besides the inviting beer gardens: Romantic half-timbered villages and the wonderful landscape of Franconian Tuscany await you along the way. The path leads you in a beautiful up and down over the Schönberg and on to the destination of the enjoyable tour at the S-Bahn station in Strullendorf.Note: Many breweries are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. It's best to do this day hike at the weekend, then the breweries are all open. Bottom up!
The Kreuzberg rising behind Dörfleins is the southeasternmost point of the Haßberge Nature Park. This 14-kilometer hike takes you up the mountain, on to the idyllic Mönchsee and the historic Franz Xaver Chapel in Sandhof. The tour starts in Dörfleins shortly after the Main Bridge.There are several stations of the crossroads along the way up to the Kreuzberg, so that the ascent is nicely entertaining. Then it continues through the forest past the Johannishof and to the Mönchsee. You can treat yourself to a long break on the bank of the pond.With renewed energy, you then take a short detour to Sandhof and then walk in a large arc through the forest to the Wagner Bräu Keller. Here you can enjoy a cold beer and hearty specialties while you let your gaze wander over the Main valley. Freshly strengthened, you then tackle the last section back to Dörfleins.
Find inner peace and focus on the essentials - the path of creation offers you the best conditions for this. Twelve stations await you along the almost five-kilometer circular route that will make you think. The tour starts at the Bible Garden in the former St. Michael monastery in Bamberg. On the way you will deal with topics such as sustainability, responsibility, transience and salvation.Look forward to a relaxed stroll through beautiful nature - and all that just a stone's throw from Bamberg's old town. As the central point of the path of creation, the plants, trees, water and soil refer to God's creation. But even if you have less to do with faith, this hike is perfect to clear your head and enjoy the beauty and tranquility of nature.