After Easter Hannes and I went on a mini road trip (in his sister's Mini Cooper, in fact), taking a few days to drive from Munich back to Berlin. [Yes, this post belongs on the blog 'wherewaskatiesixmonthsago.'] Our first stop was Bamberg, a city in Franconia, which is in the northern part of Bavaria.
Fun facts about Bamberg:
**During the middle ages it was ruled by prince-bishops within the Holy Roman Empire. (Did I learn about this in history at some point? It rings a very faint bell.)
**It was built on seven hills, just like Rome (and Seattle!).
**Its historic city center is a UNESCO world heritage site. Though the longer I'm in Europe, the more it seems like everything is a UNESCO world heritage site.
When my 18-year-old American self imagined Germany, Bamberg is what I pictured: quaint towns, wooden buildings, beer. If you're traveling around Germany it's totally worth a day trip.
Coburg is about an hour north of Bamberg in the very northern part of Bavaria. It's a much smaller city but it has a pretty market square - at least it seemed so by night. The most notable thing about Coburg for me was the Coburger bratwurst - a long and tasty bratwurst that's cooked over a pine cone fire.