Bamberg, a city in Bavaria, Germany, is known for its well-preserved medieval and baroque architecture. There are several walking tours in Bamberg that you can book to explore the city’s rich history and culture. Here are some options.

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Historic Center Tour

Bamberg has tons of stunning views and local sights to offer. You can easily see them in your own Bamberg itinerary without a guide. However, you will miss out on the best trails and fascinating background stories and historical insights. And who better to show you around than an actual local?

An Old Town Walking Tour will take you through the historic center of Bamberg, which is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site.

You’ll see the iconic Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) built on an island in the middle of the Regnitz River, the magnificent Bamberg Cathedral, and many other historical buildings that you cannot miss on your vacation.

You can book your private, 90 minute-long guided tour around Bamberg here*.

Brewery Tour

Bamberg has many breweries right in the city. Naturally, you can go on one of the many beer tours in Bamberg to sample the different brews, check out the factories and learn much more about beer making and its history through knowledgeable, beer-loving guides.

Reserve your spot in the walking tour around Bamberg’s breweries here*.

foamy beer and bread buns with sausages on a white plate and placed on a blue and white checkered tablecloth
long gondola boat on river seen from a stone bridge

Gondola Tour

Did you know that Bamberg doesn’t just have a Little Venice, it also offers gondola boat rides during the warmer months?

Yes, you can hire a local gondoliere (who doesn’t sing, sorry!), sit back and relax on a romantic boat tour along the waterways around the city center.

This actually started as a pub joke and has developed into one of Bamberg’s most unique tours on offer.

Gondola tours are only available during the summer and can be booked at the tourist information center.

Ghost Tour

Bamberg was big on witch hunting back in the day. It has always been deeply tied to the Catholic church, being the seat of the regional Diocese and bishop. But besides stories of witches, it’s also has had its fair share of creepy and ghostly stories to tell.

Sign up for a nightly walking tour to get into the spooky mood and hear the tales in the safety of a group. The tight alleys and bumpy cobblestone streets will add to the eerie feeling. So don’t stumble around by yourself…

wet street reflecting blue and white light at night
sitting golden statue on a tall metal pole attached to a bridge

Sculpture Trail

Are you interested in art and sculptures? There’s the Villa Concordia for looking at art, for sure.

But you can also head on your own DIY walking tour around Bamberg to look at public displays of art that are strategically placed around the center.

Here is the official map (in German).

The trail includes 15 pieces of physical art pieces and is called Weg moderner Skulpturen (“Path of modern sculptures”).

When walking around Bamberg you will naturally come across many of the art pieces, however, you might actually overlook or think nothing of them if you’re not aware of this artsy trail.

Jewish History Tour

Bamberg has a rich Jewish history dating back to the 11th century. This walking tour takes you to the Jewish quarter and former synagogue, and you’ll learn about the city’s Jewish community and their contributions to the city’s culture and economy.

iron sign for Schlenkerla brewery depicting a man in a black wreath and a golden David Star

Bamberg Castle Tour

This tour takes you to Bamberg Castle Altenburg, which dates back to the 11th century and sits on Bamberg’s tallest hill.

You’ll learn more about the castle’s impressive exterior and interior and rich history. There’s also the possibility to climb the castle tower for the best view over Bamberg.

Bamberg Food Tour

This tour takes you on a culinary journey through Bamberg, where you’ll sample traditional Franconian cuisine, including smoked beer, sausages, and other local specialties.

woman sitting at table with matcha tea looking out through big window to cobblestone street

These are just a few of the walking tours you can do in Bamberg. There are many more options depending on your interests, so be sure to research and choose the ones that appeal to you the most.

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