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Bamberg Cathedral, Bamberg

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Marking the heart of the city is Bamberg Cathedral--also known as Cathedral Hill and the home of the Imperial Cathedral of St. Peter and George. Choose from four tours and be ready to be impressed with its altitude on top of one of the seven hills of Bamberg. Dating back more than a millennium to the reign of Holy Roman Emperor Henry II, the Gothic/Romanesque cathedral contains the grave of Pope Clement II. The Bamberg Horseman, an intricate equestrian statue by an unknown artist, is also worth a look. Put Bamberg Cathedral on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Bamberg online road trip planner.
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  • This cathedral sits on the hill overlooking the town. It is large and Bamberg was not of strategic importance so we not damaged during the war. One of the towers was under renovation while we were... 
    This cathedral sits on the hill overlooking the town. It is large and Bamberg was not of strategic importance so we not damaged during the war. One of the towers was under renovation while we were...  more »
  • Sitting on a hill overlooking the entire river valley, the Bamberg Cathedral is a sight to behold, both up close and from a distance. It's exterior is unique and less ornate than many of its peers... 
    Sitting on a hill overlooking the entire river valley, the Bamberg Cathedral is a sight to behold, both up close and from a distance. It's exterior is unique and less ornate than many of its peers...  more »
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  • The cathedral of Bamberg is definitely one of the greatest buildings in the city. By the time we arrived there it was already closed, but we could appreciate the external architecture nonetheless; next to the cathedral there’s also a garden which is worth the visit.
  • Monumental cathedral with a lot of history and importance! Built in the 13th century - to the form as we see today - it's one of the most sacred buildings in Germany, and indeed from the outside the architecture is stunning distinguishing the cathedral by four majestic towers visible from most parts of the city. Even though the cathedral was under construction I was still able to admire its beauty, I especially appreciate the detailed Prince's portal on the side of the cathedral. From the inside it was a bit let down. Yes, seeing the horseman, the most significant work of art in the cathedral, alongside the organs and the interior was great, but nothing mind blowing - judging strictly from the design perspective, not the cultural heritage. There are simply more beautiful cathedrals around Germany. From up close I was able to see The Tomb of the Saintly Imperial couple and the horsemen, unfortunately the cathedra, papal tomb (the only place north of Alps with buried pope) and the fresco of The Second Coming of Christ at the apse were fenced, therefore not able to admire from up close in details. There is no organized tour inside nor you can go to one of its towers (let down for me as I like seeing places from above), but you can purchase a small brochure for 1 EUR to help you navigate through the place. Be aware that opening hours may vary due to masses (during my time of visit the cathedral was closed between 12:00 and 12:30). Free entry. Visited in July 2022.

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