Bamberg is located in Franconia, 63 km (39 mi) north of Nuremberg by railway and 101 km (63 mi) east of Würzburg, also by rail.
Some of the main sights are:
- Bamberger Dom (Bamberg Cathedral, map). The cathedral is under the administration of the Roman Catholic Church and is the seat of the Archbishop of Bamberg. It was founded in 1002 by King (and later Emperor) Heinrich II (Henry II) and consecrated in 1012.
- *Kloster Michelsberg (Michaelsberg Abbey, map) a former Benedictine monastery. The church, gardens and areas not used by the Spital used to be open to the public.
- *Altes Rathaus (old town hall, map).
- Bamberg State Library (Staatsbibliothek Bamberg, map) is a combined universal, regional and research library with priority given to the humanities. Today it is housed in the New Residence, the former prince-bishop’s new palace.
Many bars and clubs are on and around Sandstraße (actually, that’s two streets, “Obere Sandstraße” and “Untere Sandstraße”, map).
Sandkerwa. Is held over the last weekend in August, is a six day folk festival that consumes the entire town, with some 300,000 people attending. It is a festival with offerings of beer and food that rivals or even exceeds the likes of Oktoberfest and includes local traditions such as “fish jousting”.