Considered one of the most picturesque towns in the Bavaria region of Germany, Bamberg is certainly a stunner that attracts plenty of tourists each year. Less than an hour’s drive from Nuremberg, it makes for the perfect day trip to explore its charming, UNESCO World Heritage Site-honored grounds. Knowing that Bamberg was a can’t-miss town, I knew that I had to go while I was in Nuremberg earlier this month.
During my time in Nuremberg, I also made a couple of day trips to nearby smaller cities to get a more-complete picture of the Bavaria region with all its charm and history. That said, I chose to make a day trip to Regensburg, located about 100 kilometers south from Nuremberg. Having heard good things about the city, I decided to give it a try.
My third stop during my visit in Germany earlier this month was in Nuremberg, the second-largest city after Munich in the Bavaria region. Besides being known for its rich medieval history, it’s also infamous for the site of the Nazi Rally Grounds during Hitler’s reign, as well as for the Nuremberg Trials against war criminals following WWII. That said, if the long, complex history didn’t give me enough reason to visit Nuremberg, at least its architecture (and famous Christmas markets) did.
Following two nights in Frankfurt, my next destination was Heidelberg, a college town situated along the Neckar river in southwest Germany. It’s not too far from the Rhine river, and it’s known for its pretty landscapes, pretty architecture…just about anything pretty. Even though I didn’t know much about Heidelberg before, I had heard good things about it, which was enough of a reason to go!
With Christmas season starting right after Thanksgiving, I was really excited to head to Germany to see its famous Christmas markets. Granted, I had booked my flights one month prior, but all the same, I wanted to revisit the country to discover cities I hadn’t been to before. Moreover, the 9-day getaway was a much-needed break following the end of my first semester teaching as a lectrice d’anglais, and really, I couldn’t wait to escape the banalities of my daily existence in France (mind you, in a small city) for somewhere new.