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Bamberg is a city in Bavaria, Germany. It is located in Upper Franconia on the Regnitz River, close to its confluence with the Main River. Population: 69,200 (2001).

Table of contents
1 History
2 Sights
3 External link


The town was first mentioned in 902. Henry II of Germany made Bamberg the seat of a diocese in 1007 to foster the conversion of the peoples to the east of Bamberg. For a short time Bamberg was the centre of the Holy Roman Empire. Henry and his wife Cunigunde were both buried in the cathedral.

In the following centuries Bamberg was ruled by its bishops, who forced the construction of monumental buildings. Bamberg lost its independence in 1802 and became a part of Bavaria.

After World War I, when a communist uprising took control over Bavaria, the government fled to Bamberg and had to stay for almost two years, before the Bavarian capital Munich was recaptured by Freikorps (see Weimar Republic).


The Old Town of Bamberg is included in the UNESCO World Heritage, since it retained its medieval look. Some of the main sights are:

External link

Official Website (German, English)\n