Bamberg District — The Switzerland Of Franconia

The Bamberg District is to Upper Franconia what Switzerland is to Western Europe in terms of natural wonders. With towering limestone cliffs, deep river valleys, and more than a thousand mysterious caves, it is among the most popular vacation regions in Germany.

Bamberg District Map

Map of the Bamberg District

Towns & Villages in the Bamberg District

Although the Bamberg District politically excludes the urban district and UNESCO Heritage Site of Bamberg, it does hold more than a few intriguing places you will not want to miss. For example, Baunach, the “Franconian Three-River Town,” boasts many historic buildings, including the 15th-century Magdelene Chapel built in the late Gothic style.

You will find Schlüsselfeld in the southwestern Steigerwald forest to be a virtual bank vault of well preserved architecture. Here you will see half a dozen acclaimed churches, such as the Evangelical Church with its venerated Marienaltar, and two historic castles, the Baroque fortifications in rural Aschbach and the Dientzenhofer Castle in Reichmannsdorf.

In Hallstadt, you can tour the magnificent St. Ann’s Chapel. In Breitengüßbach, there is a fully developed waterside recreation area, the Kiesbaggerseen. And the town of Scheßlitz, with its Giechburg Castle and pilgrim-destination Gügel Church, is certainly worth a visit, too.

Around Easter time, a stop at Heiligenstadt in the southeast is in order. The town decorates elaborately for this special holiday, and tourists come from all over Germany to view its famous Easter fountains.

 

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