Medieval Bamberg was once the main residence of a powerful German dynasty, and it’s easy to understand why they chose to settle here. Beyond the lovely natural setting along the Regnitz River in Bavaria, the old town is packed enough charming sites and landmarks to earn UNESCO World Heritage status. Avalon’s guided walking tour covers the most notable, including the 13th-century cathedral, which houses tombs of an emperor and a pope; the 14th-century Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall), built in the middle of the river when the bishop refused to grant the people land; and 18th-century mansions tucked along the serpentine streets. Historic rose gardens, abbeys, and nine breweries ensure there’s no shortage of ways to fill your time in port.
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