Bamberg is a lively small city with one of Europe’s largest intact Old Town centres (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Like Rome, Bamberg is built on seven hills—only here, a church tops each hill.
Visit the imperial Cathedral of St. Peter and St. George; the huge 17th-century bishop’s palace and its glorious rose garden; the Town Hall on the banks of the Regnitz River; and Little Venice, an area of colorful fishermen’s houses. You’ll have time to ramble through the cozy town center, browsing through the delightful shops. Beer drinkers will want to check out the local brew, famous for its smoky flavor.