Tuesday, October 16 - Bamberg

This was a full day in Bamberg, beginning at 8:30 with a guided walking tour. We went along the river next to the hotel with the "Little Venice" section of Bamberg on the other side. Very picturesque. Then we walked up the hill to the Kaisderdom (the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. George, completed in 1237.) In the Platz there are also the Episcopal and imperial residences, the Alte Hofhaltung and the Neue Residenz.

We took a thorough tour of the Kaiserdom which is transitional gothic in style and full of interesting things. The Knight of Bavaria statue seems to have been the favorite of both Pope Benedict (who came from Bamberg) and Adolf Hitler. We walked around the plaza and went into the courtyard of the Alte Hofhaltung to observe the stonecarving school. Then we went behind the Neue Residenz to see a beautiful garden and with a marvelous view over the whole city. Bamberg is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Germany and escaped damage in WW II.

After that we walked down into the center of the city to the Alte Rathaus which is highly decorated. Tom met us there and gave us information for our free lunch afternoon. We walked around, went to the information center, and had lunch at the Restaurant Hofbrau where we had marvelous pumpkin soup and a salad that was very good.

We tried to take the boat ride but just missed it and then decided to go to the picture galleries in the Neue Residenz. There we met other group members and we did a quick survey. The first galleries were local artists of the past but there were some more interesting German Old masters as well. Took another look at the view and then we went back to the hotel for a rest and dinner there.

Before dinner we went to the hotel chapel for a chamber concert. The Duo Cellobo, a combination of oboe and cello, played works by Pez, Handel, Bach, and Mozart.

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