Day 9 June 30, 2017 Bamberg, Germany; Windows & Doors
Relatively quiet day, smaller town, shorter walk with more excitement at the Bavarian Lunch Buffer on ship.
After short bus ride we, and several other tour groups, met at the town’s modern and beautiful Symphony Hall. Then started out walking tour. First historic building was a 18th century Baroque building that housed a hospital from 1789 to 1984, Has since been converted to a 4 star hotel. After passing a small shopping street we came to a section along in town canal referred to as “Little Venice” Here the houses are built on stilts with open water underneath. Originally the fisherman’s section of town.
Bamberg was fortunate that only 4.6% of town was destroyed during WWII so much of medieval portion remains. Other interesting facts shared by our guide: Population approximately 70,000 with 40 churches/chapels and of course the reputation of having the highest per capita concentration of breweries in the world with 11 in town. Bamberg is famous for, Smoked beer (German: Rauchbier). A type of beer with a distinctive smoke flavour imparted by using malted barley dried over an open flame. In Bamberg was our first experience with memorial-stone (so-called Stolperstein or stumbling block), the small brass plaques in the pavement in front of houses of which the (mostly Jewish) residents were murdered by the National-Socialists-mention the name-date of birth and place (mostly a concentration camp) and date of death.
The story about the two sides of town unable to agree where to build the city hall resulted in it’s unique mid river site. Beautiful building and location. We then had some free time to visit the market square and I explored the small St Martin’s Church. Walking back to the ship we had to be careful of the bike lanes alongside the sidewalk – bikes have right of way. The old slaughterhouse building with the cow on the façade was built along the canal which provided an easy way to dispose of whatever.
Back on ship for the Bavarian Lunch Buffet with chickens riding a pig, variety of meats, sausages and desserts. Later that afternoon Lorelay gave a great talk on the canal and lock construction. The Rhine-Main- Danube Canal is 106 miles long with 38 locks. As we passed through one the ship bumped the wall, lurched forward quickly and had Ernie running to his suite for his life jacket. This was one of the days where with top deck closed because of low clearance beneath bridges. A crew member allowed me to look along the deck as we passed under a bridge. Look carefully and you can see side rails down and only a few inches of clearance. More beautiful scenery with wind turbines and vineyards and farmland. Of course more of the ladies dancing
I took many photos of doors and windows in Bamberg and decided to convert to monochrome. Included a few. What do you think of them?
As a bird watcher I was thrilled to see and photograph a “Life Bird” the Green Woodpecker (Picus virdis)