Why the Bamberg Dom Is a Must-Visit When You’re on a Danube River Cruise

A Danube River Cruise in Bamberg, Germany will give you glimpses of well-preserved buildings. One of these buildings is the Bamberger Dom (Official name is Bamberger Dom St. Peter und St Georg. Also dubbed as the Bamberger Cathedral, it’s a must-visit site for many reasons.   Since 1993, the cathedral has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site  “Town of Bamberg”.

 

Bamberg Dom

History Encompassing Two Millennia

Before he became a king and an emperor, Heinrich II had his favorite home in Bamberg. Years later, he offered the property as gift to his wife, Cunigunde.

Around 1002, Heinrich II became Germany’s King. He liked Bamberg so much that he did most of his governing duties therein. Aside from his fondness of the town, he and his wife were known for being pious. It wasn’t a surprise when they initiated the creation of a diocese in Bamberg.

Building began on the same year. It was declared holy on May 6, 1012 as part of the founder’s birthday celebration.

However, the initial cathedral got burned down decades later. It was replaced but it was also destroyed by fire. The current structure was built in the 1200s.

The Remaining Germany-Based Papal Grave

It’s known that many popes are buried in Italy, specifically in Rome. However, not all former popes are buried therein. Some papal graves are in France. There’re also one in Bamberg, Germany.

Before the 1800s, two papal graves were situated in Germany. The first one is that of Pope Clement II. Before he became the leader of the entire Catholic Church, he served as bishop of Bamberg. His body was first buried in Rome but was eventually moved to Bamberger Dom. The marble tomb of Clemens II is located in the west choir.

The second Germany-based papal grave belonged to Pope Benedict V. His tomb was in Hamburg. However, it was destroyed around 1800s. This left Pope Clement II’s tomb the only other papal grave that’s not based in Italy or France.

The Tomb of the Imperial Couple Turned Saints

The bishops of neighboring dioceses opposed the creation of the initial Bamberg diocese. However, then-king Heinrich II insisted.

Twelve years after becoming a king, Heinrich II was recognized as the Holy Roman Emperor. When he died in 1024, his wife planned his interment in the Bamberg Cathedral. Almost 16 years later, Empress Cunigunde also died. She and her husband shared a carved, marble tomb splendidly carved by Tilmann Riemenschneider.

The imperial couple didn’t have a child. As a result, the Ottonian dynasty of Emperors ceased to exist.

Nevertheless, the legacy of the former emperor and empress lives on. The Bamberg Cathedral is among the reminders of their contributions. Moreover, they were also canonized as saints by the Roman Church.

Works of Art

The cathedral itself is a work of art. Romanesque and Gothic styles were used in designing the structure. Aside from this, the sculptures you can find in the famed tombs are also worth seeing. The statues are noteworthy for their refined details as well.  The most noteworthy treasure is the slender equestrian statue of the Bamberger Reiter (Bamberg Horseman), whose identity remains a mystery.  This statue, possibly depicting the Hungarian king Stephen I, most likely dates to the period from 1225 to 1237. The Reiter is probably the oldest statue of a horseman created in post-Roman Germany.  Nearby, the Virgin Mary altar by Veit Stoss also warrants closer inspection.

Bamberger Dom is among the best sites to visit, not just in the town of Bamberg, but in the entire German country. Everyone can bask in the solemnness the cathedral and its rich history offer. You can also enjoy the breathtaking architecture, sculpture and other works of art you can see therein.

Bamberg is a stop offered on river cruises itineraries that feature a Main and Danube River itinerary.  Featured cruises are:  AmaWaterways Medieval Treasures; Europe’s Rivers & Castles; as well as the 14 night Magnificent Europe.  Arosa’s  “Romance on the Rhine” cruising between Cologne and Engelhartszell, Austria as well as Cologne and Regensburg also makes a stop in Bamburg.

Europeanbarging can assist with finding the perfect river cruise for you.  Contact them for promotional offers and details on payment plans.  Europeanbarging are barge and river cruise specialist since 1998.  For more information:  jan@europeanbarging.com  888-869-7907

2 for 1 Cruise Offer on a AmaWaterways Medieval Treasures

AmaWaterways introduced a new itinerary package in 2018  for tourists wanting to explore the sights of France, Germany and Switzerland via romantic river of Rhine and the serene water of Main River. For the Nov 15, 2018 departure, aboard the AmaDante, they are now offering 2 for 1 cruise pricing on the cruise only rates.  With discounted pricing starting at $1949 + $168 port tax for a cabin on the middle deck with a French Balcony, this is a great opportunity to experience this great cruise line.

This new AmaWaterways Itineraries package is called the Medieval Treasures. It is a 7-night cruise from Basel to Nuremberg. It promises a plethora of medieval treasures that you will remember for the rest of your life. So, bring your family with you and take a journey of a lifetime.

Day 1 – Basel
Prepare for your cruise and meet your co-passengers.

Day 2- Strasbourg
There are two ways to explore the city – walk or take a bike tour. Explore the iconic structures of Parc de l’Orangerie, the Place de la République, the European Parliament and the famous, fairy-tale like district called “La Petite France”.

Day 3- Ludwigshafen
A guided walking tour will take you to Germany’s old city. Explore Europe’s biggest Romanesque cathedral which is declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy Altpörtel, Speyer Technical Museum and Mannheim Baroque Palace. As the day ends, cruise will take to Rüdesheim for special wine tasting in Riesling.

Day 4- Rüdesheim
There are many choices to explore the place. Ride a gondola to reach Niedelwald Monument and enjoy the sights vineyards along the riverbanks. If you love music, visit the famous Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum which houses the grandest collection of self-playing instruments. A whole-day excursion to the medieval city of Heidelberg situated in Neckar River Valley in the Castle Road is another option.

Afterwards, end your day tour by visiting the panoramic city views of Frankfurt, the capital of Germany. Have a taste of authentic flavors of Römerberg beer.

Day 5- Miltenberg
Miltenberg is known as the “Pearl of the Main River”. It will bring you to a fairytale world as you roam around its 14th and 15th century gabled, semi-timbered houses. Find the famous Crooked House and explore the Royal Inn which is operational since 17th century. Never miss the chance to take photos. These fabled structures are treasures to be remembered. Other options included guided bike tour along the riverbanks of Main River or have a gastronomic trip to Franconia specialties.

Day 6- Würzburg
It is located along Germany’s “Romantic Road” amidst vineyards of the region. It is a beautiful place with Baroque structures and architectural designs. Its crown jewel is the UNESCO World Heritage Site Baroque Residenz Palace. The structure boasts of gran fresco by Tiepolo and lavish interiors which is truly breathtaking. Hike and explore the prominent landmark of the area, the Marienberg Fortress along the left Main River bank.

Your afternoon delight can include visiting the famed wine cellars underneath Würzburg and participating in Franconian wine-tasting activity.

Day 7 – Bamberg
Bamberg is another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Be enchanted by its numbers of elegant mansions, Old Town Hall and the Cathedral. While roaming, taste their smoked beer and Hornla (a pastry dating back 1427) and the licorice rot.

Day 8- Nuremberg
Your new AmaWaterways itineraries journey ends here.

But remember, every journey has an end but the memories of experiencing the treasured journey will be forever etched in your heart.

The 2 for 1 offer expires Sept 30, 2018, so call or email now to book your cabin.  888-869-7907  jan@europeanbarging.com

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Visiting Miltenberg on a Main River Cruise

 

The medieval town of Miltenberg, along the Main River,  has the most enchanting medieval charm around every cobblestone street, narrow alleys, and half-timbered houses, window baskets overflowing with fresh petunia flowers add to the flavor of the town.   Tourism plays  a major part in the local economy. In the Old Market Square is surrounded  by half timbered buildings, restaurants, bratwurst stalls, local handcraft stalls and the Old Town Hall as well. These structures are still in remarkable shape in spite of having been built in the 16th and 17th centuries.   The town also has 2 surviving gates from the Middle Ages – The Wurzburg Gate and the Mainz Gate.

Referred to as “The Pearl of the Main River”, today the city has a population of 9,000 – It was originally settled in  pre-Roman times and has enjoyed a rich and lively past. Being located near the Main River, it was a major trading location between Frankfurt and Nuremberg

A popular destination in Miltenberg is the famous hotel Gasrhaus zum Riesen.  Maybe the oldest hotel in all of Germany, originally built about 1411. Rebuilt nearly 200 years later in the half-timbered, Renaissance style. The hotel has since been renovated to include some more modern amenities.

Main attractions  in Miltenberg are: Miltenberg Castle (built in 11th century, the castle is now used as a museum of old and modern art work – Museum.Stadt.Miltenberg),  Fraenkischer Rotwein Wanderweg (medieval architecture), Brauhaus Faust (brewery), Mainbrucke, (a beautiful Bridge),  St. Kilian Kellerei, (Wine cellar).

Main festivals include –  the first weekend in July, the Town Festival (Stadtfest) is held;  In late July, the Mildenburger Theatertage (“Theatre Days”) takes place; beginning on the last weekend in August and for ten days, the Michaelismesse (“St Michael’s Fair”), the biggest fair on the Bavarian Lower Main (Bayerischer Untermain), is held (despite the similarity in names, it is not Michaelmas, which falls on 29 September, a month later).

One of the best ways to visit Miltenberg is from a Rhine/Main/Danube River Cruise. Check out our video on Miltenberg.  We have cruises available on AmaWaterways, Arosa, CroisiEurope and Amadeus Cruises and can assist in finding the perfect cruise for you.  Europeanbarging.com  888-869-7907