Excursion

Winter Wonderland: City Walk & Christmas Markets

Explore the many facets of UNESCO-recognized Bamberg, with the added sparkle and storied heritage of the city’s famed Christmas markets.

Complimentary
  • Code
    BAM-02
  • Level
    Moderate
  • Walking Type
    Medium
  • Activity Type
    Cultural
  • Age
    All ages
  • Duration
    3 Hours
Bamberg boasts one of the most well-preserved cityscapes of medieval architecture in the world, whose layout and historic core have earned the town the coveted recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. So influential is the city’s centuries-old architecture and planning method that it greatly shaped the surrounding regions of Germany and Hungary from the 12th century onward, even becoming the centre of the Enlightenment in the 18th century. During this time of year, the city illuminates anew with the vibrant Christmas markets that attract visitors from across the globe. During your two-hour walking tour of the Bamberg, you’ll understand how its authentic preservation of its treasures is still profoundly important to modern life. Stroll amongst the charming houses lining the cobbled streets and see the unique Town Hall, which is located halfway across the “Obere Bruke Bridge”. Visit Bamberg’s Cathedral which has the tombs of Emperor Henry II and Pope Clement II and see “Klein-Venedig” (Little Venice), a colony of picturesque fishermen’s houses from the 19th century alongside of the River Regnitz. Continue on to Maximillianplatz, Bamberg’s main square, which is transformed into a glittering winter wonderland during the Christmas season. Wander among the many vendors along the pedestrian-designated avenue; savor the aromas of mulled wine, roasted nuts, gingerbread and bratwurst. Listen to the strains of music that comes from all directions as you explore this treasured tradition. Enjoy time to revel in the festivities at your leisure, then board your motor coach for the short return trip to your Crystal ship. Important notes: Due to extensive walking included in this excursion, it is recommended that guests wear flat, comfortable footwear. This tour is not recommended for guests with physical limitations.