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Day 8: Bamberg, Germany

Said look man, come down here, he got down there, so what you want? One bourbon, one scotch, one beer...lyrics from the song "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" by George Thorogood and the Destroyers.

semi-overcast 26 °C

The day's activities did not begin until the afternoon. As such, we started the day with a brief breakfast, followed by a glass blowing demonstration, lunch and packing up for tomorrow's transition.

The ship docked at an industrial area called Zeil am Main. We headed off to the city of Bamberg around 1:45 pm. Bamberg has a long and storied history. Briefly, in 1007 Emperor Heinrich II made Bamberg the center of the Holy Roman empire. Like its Italian model, Rome, the city was built on seven hills with a church at each of its pinnacles. Through the Middle Ages and up to today the city has had a vibrant cultural center and is one of the few cities not destroyed during WWII. The Old Town of the city was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.

The tour began with a walk along "Little Venice" a former fishing settlement on the left arm of the Regnitz. Yes, some of the homes are built on wood pilings.

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We passed by some additional views of the town on the way to the Bamberg Cathedral.

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After climbing a series of stairs, we arrived at Cathedral Square,

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which contained the centerpiece of Bamberg, namely the Bamberg Cathedral.

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The cathedral was consecrated in the year 1012 under the reign of Emperor Heinrich II and he and his wife are both buried here as well as Pope Clement II. The church was rebuilt in the 13th century in late Romanesque and early Gothic styles.

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Within the walls are several areas of interest including the main alter and the "Bamberg Horseman" who remains unidentified to this day.

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Of particular interest in the church is the highly decorated side entrance of the church, called the princess's portal.

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The lintel depicts the "Last Judgement of Christ" where on the right hand of Christ the blessed are redeemed by Christ and the left are the damned by Christ, bound by chains to the devil. The lintel also shows Mary and John the Baptist knelling and embracing Christ's feet and two people rising from the grave.

From the church we moved into the courtyard and then onto the Rose Garden.

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We then headed down the street to the fabled City Hall on the river. Since the city straddles two sides of the river, and the citizens of the town wanted a town hall that would serve both sides of the river, they made an island, built a bridge, and then placed the Rathaus (Town Hall) in the middle of the river on the island.

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However, the real star of the show in Bamberg is of course, the beer, specifically the Rauchbier of Bamberg. Also known as "Smoke Beer". The legend came about from a fire that started in a brewery. Some of the malt was engulfed in smoke. The brewer used the smoke-damaged malt to brew the beer and the rest is history. Prost!

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After a long day and afternoon, we headed back to the ship for dinner and some much needed rest.

Posted by Argenti Travel 20:57 Archived in Germany

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