A Travellerspoint blog

Entries about town

Bamberg

Smoked Beer and a Christmas Market

While we were in Nuremberg we opted to take the short train ride to Bamberg to spend the day there. I really enjoyed Bamberg, it was really a charming city even if the weather didn't necessarily cooperate.

Bamberg is a quintessentially medieval German town in Bavaria. A large part of the town has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bamberg was founded in 1004 by Emperor Henry II, finished in 1012 and consecrated on 6 May 1012. It was later partially destroyed by fire in 1081.

Here are a few pictures of the town:
7702d7a0-316e-11ea-92dd-97db888c8c98.jpg7740f210-316e-11ea-a954-9732fbcf2db8.jpg76a3eec0-316e-11ea-b6a8-5d07f960188d.jpgBamberg_OldTown_20191128_132524.jpgBamberg_OldTown_20191128_123606.jpgBamberg_OldTown_20191128_132814.jpgBamberg_OldTown_20191128_132819.jpgBamberg_OldTown_20191128_125246.jpg
Bamberg_OldTown_20191128_123558.jpg
efde7a80-316e-11ea-bc3c-55c5daced9d5.jpgBamberg_OldTown_20191128_141618.jpg

Bamberg Cathedral was completed in the 13th century. The cathedral is under the administration of the Roman Catholic Church and is the seat of the Archbishop of Bamberg.
Bamberg_BambergCathedral_20191128_134019.jpgBamberg_20191128_134514.jpgBamberg_BambergCathedral_20191128_134246.jpgBamberg_BambergCathedral_20191128_134316.jpgBamberg_BambergCathedral_20191128_134352.jpgBamberg_BambergCathedral_20191128_134424.jpgBamberg_BambergCathedral_20191128_134201.jpgBamberg_BambergCathedral_20191128_134116.jpgBamberg_BambergCathedral_crypts_20191128_134828.jpg

Heller Haus was the birth place of Joseph Heller, a local businessman, historian and art collector. Heller bequeathed a huge art collection to the Bamberg State Library. In front of the house stands the statue of of Empress Kunigunde.
Bamberg_HellerHaus_20191128_133120.jpg

The New Residence of the Bamberg Prince-Bishops was constructed in the seventeenth century.
Bamberg_NewResidence_20191128_133755.jpg

The Old Town Hall:
Bamberg_OldTownHall_20191128_125202.jpg
Bamberg_OldTownHall_20191128_131133.jpgBamberg_OldTownHall_20191128_131114.jpgBamberg_OldTownHall_20191128_131157.jpgBamberg_OldTownHall_20191128_131237.jpg

Bamberg Christmas Market:
Bamberg_ChristmasMarket_20191128_124133.jpgBamberg_ChristmasMarket_20191128_124028.jpgf3d1d7f0-3172-11ea-98c0-49fbfe45377d.jpg

And the whole reason we went to Bamberg was for the smoked beer! No trip to Bamberg would be complete without a trip to Schlenkerla Brewery. Records first mention Schlenkerla "House of the blue lion" in 1405. The brewery is run by the Trum family and are on the 6th generation.

Schlenkerla: https://www.schlenkerla.de/indexe.html#
a7ff06d0-3173-11ea-8270-1fb47fd30c8c.jpga7ef0140-3173-11ea-b6c2-81295a90a48c.jpg

Bamberg was such a cool city and I would love to go back!

On to the Nuremberg Trials...

As a side note, here is a link to a new internet radio station with a focus on travel bloggers, COLLAGE TRAVEL RADIO: https://live365.com/station/collage-Travel-radio-a95388

Posted by LCP 01:18 Archived in Germany Tagged beer market town germany cathedral christmas old hall smoked bamberg hellerhaus Comments (1)

Vilnius Day 1

Lithuania

On our first full day in Vilnius we hit the ground running. We managed to see the Gate of Dawn (which was just outside of our AirBnb), Cathedral Square (Vilnius Cathedral and Palace of the Dukes) Gediminas Tower (which provided great views of Old Town Vilnius and the New Town area), the National Museum of Lithuania, St. Anne's Church, Bernardus Park, and The Bastion. We also managed to walk through Užupis, which is a Bohemian, artsy area of Vilnius.

But before we get to all of that, we ate breakfast at Gusto Blynine, which was right outside of our AirBnb and specialized in pancakes and crepes. It was a really cute restaurant, take a look at the fun decor!
e28d9670-dcfc-11e9-80bb-9739b3c91082.jpge2fc84e0-dcfc-11e9-80bb-9739b3c91082.jpge38d2c20-dcfc-11e9-8ab7-c92ebab29e52.jpge38a1ee0-dcfc-11e9-95e8-4d9c33f87321.jpg

Walking right outside of our AirBnb was The Gate of Dawn. It was built between 1503 and 1522 as a part of defensive fortifications for the city of Vilnius, the capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Of ten city gates, only the Gate of Dawn remains, today. The Chapel in the Gate of Dawn contains an icon of The Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of Mercy, believed to have miraculous powers. For centuries the picture has been one of the symbols of the city and an object of veneration for both Roman Catholic and Orthodox inhabitants.
7cd7b9e0-dcfd-11e9-95e8-4d9c33f87321.jpg

We took a stroll through Town Hall Square and made our way to Cathedral Square, where we went to Vilnius Cathedral, Gediminas' Tower, the National Museum of Lithuania, and the Palace of the Dukes. Cathedral Square was very cool and laid out quite well.

Vilnius Cathedral, the Cathedral Basilica of St Stanislaus and St Ladislaus of Vilnius, is the main Roman Catholic Cathedral of Lithuania. The coronations of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania took place within the church and many famous people from Lithuanian and Polish history are buried inside its crypts and catacombs.

f141df80-ddc6-11e9-a5c5-031856b4409e.jpg
44e9e380-ddc7-11e9-a5c5-031856b4409e.jpg
717d8220-dd00-11e9-80bb-9739b3c91082.jpg71edf730-dd00-11e9-a304-e137b792b0c5.jpg71aa1060-dd00-11e9-80bb-9739b3c91082.jpg713ecb70-dd00-11e9-a441-e192f118ddc8.jpg72551d70-dd00-11e9-80bb-9739b3c91082.jpg72183b80-dd00-11e9-80bb-9739b3c91082.jpg72850710-dd00-11e9-a304-e137b792b0c5.jpg72ab53c0-dd00-11e9-b8b3-1fc1f3b70ca0.jpg7205c4f0-dd00-11e9-a441-e192f118ddc8.jpg723a1b60-dd00-11e9-a304-e137b792b0c5.jpg71c2c880-dd00-11e9-a441-e192f118ddc8.jpg712fb040-dd00-11e9-80bb-9739b3c91082.jpg

From the Cathedral, we did a short hike up the hill next to the church to reach Gediminas' Tower. The Tower is the remaining part of the Upper Castle in Vilnius. The first wooden fortifications were built by Gediminas, Grand Duke of Lithuania. The first brick castle was completed in 1409 by Grand Duke Vytautas. The three-floor tower was rebuilt in 1933 by Polish architect Jan Borowski. There are spectacular views of Old Town Vilnius and New Town Vilnius from the tower.
daa5fde0-ddc8-11e9-a8e8-4b52d582940b.jpg
688cbe50-ddc9-11e9-a5c5-031856b4409e.jpg

These are some views from the tower of Old Town and New Town which are separated by Neris River.
26f8fb80-ddc8-11e9-a5c5-031856b4409e.jpg
63e94360-ddc8-11e9-a5c5-031856b4409e.jpg

Next, we looped around to the National Museum of Lithuania. This was a fantastic museum and the docents were really friendly. There were some great displays and artifacts here. The museum also had great information on this history of the Lithuanian people.
Museum website: http://www.lnm.lt/en/
feb4a4c0-ddc8-11e9-a8e8-4b52d582940b.jpgff8a9260-ddc8-11e9-a8e8-4b52d582940b.jpgff432920-ddc8-11e9-a8e8-4b52d582940b.jpgff007ad0-ddc8-11e9-a8e8-4b52d582940b.jpg
00302130-ddc9-11e9-987e-3d4e6bc32a52.jpgfecfa6d0-ddc8-11e9-a5c5-031856b4409e.jpgff69eb00-ddc8-11e9-a5c5-031856b4409e.jpgff9e1a60-ddc8-11e9-a5c5-031856b4409e.jpgff93ba20-ddc8-11e9-987e-3d4e6bc32a52.jpgfff2a300-ddc8-11e9-987e-3d4e6bc32a52.jpg
ff173720-ddc8-11e9-a5c5-031856b4409e.jpg0016a5c0-ddc9-11e9-a5c5-031856b4409e.jpg005a3e70-ddc9-11e9-a5c5-031856b4409e.jpg

After the National Museum of Lithuania we stopped at a really cute bagel shop for a quick bite before walking to St. Anne's Church, which is a beautiful red brick church.
Bagel shop
cbb82a00-ddc9-11e9-a5c5-031856b4409e.jpg

St. Anne's Church is a Roman Catholic church in Vilnius' Old Town, on the right bank of the Vilnia River established around 1495-1500.
1c904520-ddca-11e9-987e-3d4e6bc32a52.jpg1ca776a0-ddca-11e9-a5c5-031856b4409e.jpg1c6bf440-ddca-11e9-a5c5-031856b4409e.jpg1c433690-ddca-11e9-987e-3d4e6bc32a52.jpg1be75af0-ddca-11e9-a5c5-031856b4409e.jpg1bee86e0-ddca-11e9-987e-3d4e6bc32a52.jpg

St. Francis of Assisi (Bernardine) Roman Catholic Church is co-located next to St. Anne's Church. The Church of St. Francis and St. Bernard is a Roman Catholic church in the Old Town of Vilnius.
9a54d060-ddcb-11e9-9f3e-ddef833c2f77.jpg9a5f57b0-ddcb-11e9-88f8-c7824c17d8ac.jpg

After touring Bernadine Church, we took a casual stroll through Bernadine Park, near the church.
Bern.jpgf202cc40-ddcb-11e9-88f8-c7824c17d8ac.jpgf2ff54b0-ddcb-11e9-88f8-c7824c17d8ac.jpgf34de9e0-ddcb-11e9-88f8-c7824c17d8ac.jpg

We rounded out the day by strolling through Uzupis, the Bohemian part, of Vilnius and finding The Bastion.
Uzupis.jpgUzupis2.jpg

The Bastion is part of the Vilnius Defensive Wall, often called “barbican”. It is a Renaissance-style fortification characterized by its original construction. It consists of a tower installed in the city defence wall, underground gun ports and a connecting corridor, which turns into a 48-metre long tunnel. The Bastion was built in the first half of the 17th century by the German military engineer, Friedrich Getkant.
9ef9d1f0-ddcc-11e9-9f3e-ddef833c2f77.jpg

Onto Vilnius Day 2...

Posted by LCP 01:08 Archived in Lithuania Tagged of town square new cathedral old st dawn gate hall bastion vilnius lithuania gemeninas annes Comments (2)

Vilnius

Lithuania

Our next adventure took us to Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. I must admit, Lithuania was not originally on our must see list, but I heard so many people say what a wonderful time they had there. I also read a CNN article about how Vilnius was a great weekend getaway, not to mention economical. We absolutely LOVED Vilnius!! It is such a cool city and reminds me of quintessential European cities with the architecture there. Not to mention any city that you can deplane, pass through customs/immigration, and be at your AirBnb in under 45 minutes, is amazing! Also, Vilnius has Uber which we used to and from the airport for under 10€ each way. It is a very walkable city and we walked everywhere and it was also extremely economical (breakfast for two was 15€!). Most entry fees to museums and sites of interest were around the 5€ point. Vilnius was also very clean and you saw lots of people out and about exercising or walking around.

CNN article: https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/most-affordable-city-break-europe-2019/index.html

We stayed in a fantastic AirBnb in the heart of Old Town Vilnius. Our host had awesome recommendations for places to checkout and eat at during our visit. We spent two full days exploring the city and a half day before our flight left on departure day. Once again, we used Ryanair for flights and had no issues with our flights.

AirBnb: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/3834725?source_impression_id=p3_1568645084_29wyXDPVlfxXRRFZ
Exposed brick of the AirBnb, really interesting. The place used to be an old monastery:
d876b3b0-d897-11e9-ba14-cf734237e1fb.jpg

A few fun facts about Lithuania before I get to the good stuff. Basketball is very popular in Lithuania. Cepelinai (dumplings made from grated and riced potatoes and stuffed with ground meat or dry curd cheese or mushrooms) is probably one of the most famous Lithuania dishes and it is delicious! And easter eggs are not brought by cute, fluffy bunnies, granny Velykų Bobute delivers them; bunnies just help her decorate the eggs and load her cart.

I will probably break the Lithuania posts up into separate posts due to the sheer volume of pictures.

Lithuania flag
bac7fa40-d897-11e9-ba14-cf734237e1fb.jpg

Views of Vilnius:
0aaa43b0-d898-11e9-ba14-cf734237e1fb.jpg0ada0640-d898-11e9-aa7b-db33aa3276f4.jpg0b042380-d898-11e9-ba14-cf734237e1fb.jpg0b4e4be0-d898-11e9-ba14-cf734237e1fb.jpg0bae6d40-d898-11e9-b731-ddf85de92f3d.jpg0b916f60-d898-11e9-92db-396181e742a9.jpg0a6ff9d0-d898-11e9-aa7b-db33aa3276f4.jpg0a55bb10-d898-11e9-ba14-cf734237e1fb.jpg915c6190-d898-11e9-b731-ddf85de92f3d.jpg9177d8d0-d898-11e9-92db-396181e742a9.jpg91a52a60-d898-11e9-b731-ddf85de92f3d.jpg91d05910-d898-11e9-ba14-cf734237e1fb.jpg91c07a90-d898-11e9-92db-396181e742a9.jpg
ccb373a0-dcfd-11e9-95e8-4d9c33f87321.jpg

Some of the many churches in Vilnius
7fe20b40-ddcf-11e9-baaf-9da77fcf7dd7.jpg80355b60-ddcf-11e9-baaf-9da77fcf7dd7.jpg80497fa0-ddcf-11e9-b220-e19130212e0e.jpg80087f00-ddcf-11e9-b220-e19130212e0e.jpg7fe84cd0-ddcf-11e9-9f3e-ddef833c2f77.jpg

Overall, we had an excellent time in Vilnius and I would absolutely return. It is such an interesting city, so easy to get around and very economical. Onto Vilnius Day 1...

Posted by LCP 00:28 Archived in Lithuania Tagged churches town old vilnius lithuania basketball cepelinai Comments (3)

(Entries 1 - 3 of 3) Page [1]