I think it, along with Nürnberg, is my favourite Bavarian city. We drove there one misty day last week and Mum and SG were suitably blown away. I was blown away a second time.
I mean, look at it.
This time we went to the Museum of Natural History, to see the bird room, as recommended in Simon Winder’s fantastic book, Germania. (If you are German, live in Germany, love Germany, or have any interest whatsoever in this country, you must read this book. Now.) The bird room was fascinating, and beautifully done (although severely lacking, I feel, some key Australian species.) We shared the museum with the loudest school excursion I have ever heard. Kids these days.
Mum had her first and last Eierpunsch. Truly awful. I asked the lady what is in it and she said ‘egg liquor, white wine and some special secrets.’ Special secrets indeed. I went for the hot chocolate and flooded my system with enough sugar to last a week.
We walked up to the Bamberg cathedral – wow – and into the Old Court on Cathedral Square, where employees of the cathedral (and their animals) used to live. There’s a museum there now, Bamberg’s Museum of History. And a beautiful Christmas tree.
On the way back to the car, we enjoyed a quick refreshment stop in a cosy bakery, seated in this tiny nook.
Yes, definitely a favourite.