A quick guide to the 10 biggest cities in Bavaria after Munich
Each of these Bavarian cities has an impressive castle, palace, city hall and sometimes all of the above. I’ve included each city’s coat-of-arms because they give you a little clue about the history of the city, and hey, they're pretty.
Check out the Bavaria map here. It shows the locations of these cities in Bavaria.
CASTLE ROCK: Inside the Kaiserburg at Nuremberg. The castle was built in phases over 400 years from the 12th century onwards.
IT'S BAROQUE, BUT NEEDS NO FIXING: The Würzburg Residenz.
A highlight inside is the Kaisersaal (Imperial Hall) topped with a fresco of Emperor Barbarossa.
AN IN-SPIRE-ING SKYLINE: St Peter’s Cathederal dominates the view over Regensburg. Its gothic interior contains dazzling stained-glass windows.
HISTORIC CENTRE: The Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) in Ingolstadt now houses the city's tourist information office. The Moritzkirche (Church of St Morris) is in the background. Pic: exfordy
DOWNTOWN DRAMA: The municipal theatre (Stadttheater) in Fürth.
It was designed by a couple of Viennese architects
in the Italian Renaissance and Baroque styles.
THE IVY LEAGUE: The Old University Library in Erlangen.
The uni has about 20,000 on-campus students. Pic: Akriesch
LONG WAIT: The Bayreuth Festspielhaus. Wagner's great-granddaughters, Eva Wagner-Pasquier and Katharina Wagner, direct the Bayreuth Festival there in their ancestor's name. It can take up to 10 years to secure tickets to the event.
BOATIN' SAFARI: A Bamburg gondalier propels a group of visitors through the city's "Little Venice" district. It's one of the most popular cities in Bavaria.
Location: In the Upper Franconia (Oberfranken) region
One of the most stunning smaller cities in Bavaria, Bamberg’s UNESCO Heritage-listed streets ooze charm.
It’s sometimes known as the "Franconian Rome" thanks to its seven-hilled setting and has its own "Little Venice", a network of canals and streams traversed by tourist-bearing gondolas.
A stroll up through the old town, past the town hall island to the magnificent cathedral and Neue Residenz will have even the most jaded travellers in raptures.
Few visitors to Bamberg escape without sampling its famous Rauchbier (smoked beer), a reddish ale with the tang of bacon. Much tastier than it sounds.
LOVELY: The Schloss Johannisburg in Aschaffenburg
was once the summer residence of archbishops from Mainz. Pic: viZZZual.com
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