Bamberg, Franconian Rome on the Main River: Paris to Prague Part 10


Friday , November 27, Bamberg, Germany

Today we didn’t leave the boat till 2 pm which was a lovely break. We had a lecture on the Rhine and the Main in the lounge. I had trouble keeping my eyes open so I skipped lunch and rested for a half hour.

A graduate student walked us around Bamberg, a town in Bavaria, Germany, located in Upper Franconia on the river Regnitz close to its confluence with the river Main (where we parked our Viking ship).  It’s known for its smoked Rauchbier (beer).  Like Rome, it was built on seven hills with a church topping each one.

Originally Bamberg was populated by Slavs, which showed me that we were drawing closer to our final destination: Prague. Bamberg had an incredible cathedral (with the tombs of emperor Henry II and Pope Clement II), but I only took this picture of its town hall (Rathaus) from the bridge.

Our guide talked about the witch trials that claimed over 1000 lives and the Jewish quarter decimated by Nazis in WWII. The Old Town Hall (1386), built in the middle of the Regnitz River, was accessible by two bridges. Paintings on it, which you can see above, were incredible.

Besides stopping briefly at The Schlenkerla, one of Bamberg’s famous breweries and taverns, we also paused where philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (idealism), briefly lived. Our graduate student’s thesis featured him. In March 1807, aged 37, Hegel moved to Bamberg, where Niethammer had declined and passed on to Hegel an offer to become editor of a newspaper, the Bamberger Zeitung. Hegel, unable to find more suitable employment, reluctantly accepted. He lived there only a year.

At the Christmas market, I bought some warm mittens. I enjoyed coffee and stollen at a cafe where we saw other Viking passengers.

That night, we had a many-course Captain’s dinner. Sad to see our cruise winding down. Good bye to Simona, my room steward, and all the others.

Temperatures: 30-37F



About mlknowlden

In 2011, I left engineering to write full-time. Between the years 1992 and 2011, I’ve published 14 stories with Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine that have featured the hypochondriac detective Micky Cardex and two stories that did not. The 1998 story “No, Thank You, John” was nominated for a Shamus award. Many of these stories have been included in anthologies and translated in multiple languages. With Neal Shusterman, I’ve also published a science fiction story for the More Amazing Stories anthology (Tor) published in 1998 and co-authored with Neal Shusterman an X-Files Young Adult novel (DARK MATTER) for HarperCollins in 1999 under the name Easton Royce. For Simon & Schuster in July 2012, we published an e-novella UNSTRUNG in Neal's UNWIND world. I have graduate degrees in English and Electrical Engineering.
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