Bamberg Cathedral
Bamberg Cathedral
4.5
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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  • AllanJGJ
    Wellington, New Zealand4,197 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fine Romanesque cathedral
    A particularly fine Romanesque Dom with the unusual feature of four towers. The main feature inside and at the entrance are some lovely sculptures. Well worth a visit if you're in the lovely old town of Bamberg.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 June 2023
  • Hendrik_NL
    Vlaardingen, The Netherlands7,806 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Finished in the 13th century and still a magnificent landmark
    The German people some 10 centuries ago knew a thing or two about sustainable building. While some 20th century buildings became already obsolete and were demolished, Bamberg Cathedral, finished in the 13th century, is still standing tall in the historic center of Bamberg. Imposing outside, with the four towers, one on each corner, and mysterious inside, a bit dark and severe, but full of historic treasures. See some of my pictures. The climb to the Cathedral square is not strenuous, and there is more to do, so plan the best part of the morning for this area.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 June 2023
  • David N
    Hawthorne, California4,704 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Romanesque Cathedral ⛪️
    It is just a quarter of a mile walk from the iconic old Rathaus and up a flight of stairs to the cathedral on the hill, if you don't want take your chances with finding parking. The cathedral itself has the following interesting features: 1. Built in the 13th Century, it uses the late Romanesque style even though Gothic was the style of the time, because it was intended to resemble the 1081 Romanesque cathedral that burned down in 1185. 2. It has four towers, one in each corner, rather than just two. 3. It is dedicated to St. Peter and St. George, with a separate choir for each. 4. Emperor Heinrich II and his wife Kunigunde are buried in a sepulcher at the entrance to St. Peter's choir. 5. Pope Clement II is also buried here (the only pope buried north of the Alps). 6. In the art world, it is well-known for its early Gothic sculpture of "The Bamberg Knight." The rider depicted on a horse is not known, but many believe it represents King Stephen of Hungary. You could probably spend an hour here if you want to explore the entire interior and probably even more if you visit the adjoining museum.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 17 July 2023
  • laczkozsu
    Debrecen, Hungary2,148 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive Cathedral with famous historic treasures
    We visited this famous Cathedral, which is a landmark of Bamberg. It was built about 1211-1237 in the style of late Romanesque and early French Gothic. Outside it’s a bit unusual with its four high towers. It’s impressive and I think it’s a must-see site! Inside we saw the famous parts: Emperor Heinrich II and his wife Kunigunde are buried in a sepulcher near the entrance. Pope Clement II is also buried here. And my favourite part is the "The Bamberg Knight”, the well-known Gothic sculpture. Perhaps the rider depicted on a horse is the King Stephen of Hungary.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 August 2023
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Brad
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Such an interesting city in the world and this Cathedral is at the center of the oldest part affected by the Catholic church. Stunning views that transport you back in time.
Written 28 December 2023
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laczkozsu
Debrecen, Hungary2,148 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
We visited this famous Cathedral, which is a landmark of Bamberg. It was built about 1211-1237 in the style of late Romanesque and early French Gothic. Outside it’s a bit unusual with its four high towers. It’s impressive and I think it’s a must-see site! Inside we saw the famous parts: Emperor Heinrich II and his wife Kunigunde are buried in a sepulcher near the entrance. Pope Clement II is also buried here. And my favourite part is the "The Bamberg Knight”, the well-known Gothic sculpture. Perhaps the rider depicted on a horse is the King Stephen of Hungary.
Written 14 August 2023
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Pratush
New Delhi, India375 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
The cathedral is located near to neue residenz and right at the top of the hill where to whole street opens up to make way for people to admire beauty of church.
Written 22 July 2023
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David N
Hawthorne, CA4,704 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
It is just a quarter of a mile walk from the iconic old Rathaus and up a flight of stairs to the cathedral on the hill, if you don't want take your chances with finding parking.

The cathedral itself has the following interesting features:

1. Built in the 13th Century, it uses the late Romanesque style even though Gothic was the style of the time, because it was intended to resemble the 1081 Romanesque cathedral that burned down in 1185.
2. It has four towers, one in each corner, rather than just two.
3. It is dedicated to St. Peter and St. George, with a separate choir for each.
4. Emperor Heinrich II and his wife Kunigunde are buried in a sepulcher at the entrance to St. Peter's choir.
5. Pope Clement II is also buried here (the only pope buried north of the Alps).
6. In the art world, it is well-known for its early Gothic sculpture of "The Bamberg Knight." The rider depicted on a horse is not known, but many believe it represents King Stephen of Hungary.

You could probably spend an hour here if you want to explore the entire interior and probably even more if you visit the adjoining museum.
Written 17 July 2023
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Hendrik_NL
Vlaardingen, The Netherlands7,806 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
The German people some 10 centuries ago knew a thing or two about sustainable building. While some 20th century buildings became already obsolete and were demolished, Bamberg Cathedral, finished in the 13th century, is still standing tall in the historic center of Bamberg. Imposing outside, with the four towers, one on each corner, and mysterious inside, a bit dark and severe, but full of historic treasures. See some of my pictures. The climb to the Cathedral square is not strenuous, and there is more to do, so plan the best part of the morning for this area.
Written 26 June 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

AllanJGJ
Wellington, New Zealand4,197 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
A particularly fine Romanesque Dom with the unusual feature of four towers. The main feature inside and at the entrance are some lovely sculptures. Well worth a visit if you're in the lovely old town of Bamberg.
Written 14 June 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Steve S
Eugene, OR1,638 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
The cathedral was very nice. There was a museum attached to the Cathedral that was also very good and worth looking at. With some items about 1000 years old. Very interesting for a person with a interest in history.
Written 13 June 2023
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Sue M
Williamsburg, VA1,521 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Really old cathedral, over 1,000 years in existence, has the only pope buried in Germany, others are buried in either France or Italy.
Written 15 May 2023
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Philmex1
Southampton, UK1,926 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Bamberg Cathedral is such a beautiful, peaceful place with a holy and respectful atmosphere. We visited just after a service so the light was amazing, filtering through the windows with the remains of incense in the air. It was very busy, but that didn't detract from our visit and we managed to get some lovely photos. Admission is free but donations are welcome. There is a large car park nearby, but it does fill up at peak times.
Written 23 April 2023
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periandro
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg9,879 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
The Bamberg cathedral is an imposing building in romanesque style. It was built in the thirteenth century, on the same site where two previous churches from the eleventh and twelfth centuries (both burnt out), respectively, had stood. The cathedral has two five-side apses and four striking belfry towers, one on each side of every apse. The towers are square form and have six storeys, there being a clock on each one of the two open sides of the lowest one of the tower located on the right hand side of the East apse, looking at it from outside. The towers at the rear part of the temple (West side) have a different shape from those at the front (East side), the former being more ornamented on the edges than the latter, though all of them have one or two windows on their open sides. The towers are topped by a six side pyramidal bronze spires. Thanks to the towers concerned, the cathedral is spectacular, even at first side. It's a landmark of the marvellous city of Bamberg. The outer part of the apses is very nice. Apart from the pyramidal ceiling, they consist of three very definite parts: the lowest one is quite flat, in that one in the middle there is a stained-glass window on each one of its sides, formed by two ornamented decreasing semicircular arches, and on the sides of the highest part, smaller than the others, there are also sets of three windows, each one of every set being separated from the others by short pillars with beautiful capitals. There is a pilaster on each edge of the apse topped also by double composite capitals including figures of relief, different in each one of them.
One can accede the church interior through several entrances. They are all typically romanesque style with decreasing arches. That which is usually open consists of eight arches, and in the tympanum there is a bas-relief depicting in the middle the Virgin with the Child on a throne, and six other figures, three on each side. The said arches rest on their respective pilasters topped by foliage capitals over which reliefs representing some human figures can be seen. On the right hand side church wall, looking at the just described entrance, there is another even more elaborate one called the entrance of the Princes which only opens on special occasions. On its tympanum a scene of the final judgement is depicted: In the middle, Christ on his throne assumes the role of Supreme Judge. On his right some figures representing the blessed ones, and on his left the dammed making grimaces with their contorted faces can be seen. The latter, fettered with a chain, are led to hell by the devil. Among them one can distinguish a bishop, a king, a merchant and even a pope. At Christ's feet some smiling dead get up from their coffins. Its a marvellous entrance, including sculptures representing the apostles, prophets, other saints and an angel. It consist of twelve arches in a decreasing curvature also resting on elegant pilasters on every other of which there are two of the said figures (one over the other) representing the apostles and prophets.
The church interior is indeed dazzling. It's a three-nave church, the central nave being wider and higher than the side aisles. The transition style (mid-way between romanesque and gothic) is conspicuous. The arches separating the nave from the aisles are slightly pointed ones, with cylindrical pilaster on the edges with Choryntian inspiration capitals. Maybe the most gothic element is the ribbed vault, particularly the part thereof over the chancel.
The modern high altar is rather simple. It was made in the middle of the second half of the twentieth century by the Munich sculptor Klaus Backmund, and conceived in accordance with the criteria stemming from the Concilium Vatican II. It consits of a pedestal and a massive and predominant rectangular table with bronze bas-relief planks on its sides. On its front side there are three reliefs. They depict Jesus Christ in the Mount of Olives, the Crucifixion and the Resurrection. The fact that on the mentioned reliefs as well as on those on the right and left table sides the figure of Christ is in the middle and protruding on account of its large size ought to be outlined. The stone pulpit is even more recent than the high altar. It dates to the beginning of the present century. On its sides some scenes taken from the Gospel of John are depicted. It's anyway a nice but not very large pulpit. The Crucificxion group finding itself behind the ancient high altar, after the stalls, in the apse of the west choir, is a marvellous artwork in barroque style made with linden wood by Justus Glesker in the seventeenth century. It represents Christ, Madelein, the Virgin and St. John. In the side altar dedicated to Mary there is a fabulous altarpiece made partly with pine wood and partly with linden wood by the image maker Veit Stoß in the first quarter of the sixteenth century. The central retable depicts Christ's birth, and particularly enough the cross held by an angel stands for a premonition of the suffering and death that Christ will endure. The bishop's throne chair and the stalls, both in the west choir, though made in different times, styles and techniques, are valuable art works; while the stalls date to the first half of the thirteenth century, the chair was made at the beginning of the twentieth century. The stalls are ornamented with splendid reliefs and carvings representing apostles, prophets and saints. The most unique carvings represent King David and the Queen of Saba. The frescoes on the apse ceiling of the East choir are very interesting and thus worth being observed attentively. The painting depicts the second advent of Christ, his figure being in a mandorla and with streched arms. On each side of Christ there appear the winged symbols of the four evangelists, and at the latter's flanks the two Saints to whom the Bamberg cathedral is dedicated, St. Peter and St. George. The painting, made in the twentieth century by Karl Caspar, is quite engrossing.
There are other interesting elements to admire in that cathedral, such as the magnificent Bamberg horseman statue (both the author of that statue and the personage whom it represents are unknown), the Mühlhausen and Kirchgattendorf altars – each one of them with an alterpiece containing precious figures of the Virgin with the Child, both from the sixteenth century –, and particularly the altarpiece panel of the sacramental chapel, consisting in a painting attributed to Lucas Cranach.
Likewise, other relevant parts of the temple are the nails chapel, where the relic of a crucifixion nail is kept; the bishop's burial crypt (Chapel of Heads) housing the heads of the first cathedral founders in a glass cupboard, and the east crypt where the mortal remains of the Bamberg bishops of the eleventh and twelfth centuries lie.
As one can gather from the foregoing, the Bamberg cathedral is a very interesting building housing manifold masterpieces. Besides, it's one of the best known architectural monuments in the whole Germany and, as already pointed out, a landmark of the city of Bamberg. That's why the visit of that jewel of the romanesque architecture is a must not only when being in Bamberg but also in the area around that city.
Written 28 February 2023
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