Bamberg has been called “a thousand-year old work of art” and is known today as a relaxed college town of around 70,000 inhabitants with historically significant buildings, breweries, and family-run businesses. A UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site since 1993, the city’s mediaeval appearance owes significantly to its characteristically Gothic and baroque architecture. It is at the heart of a region called Franconia, famed for its brewing culture. To this day, Bamberg and the surrounding region has the highest density of breweries in the world.
The Otto-Friedrich-Universität is both the newest and one of the oldest universities in Bavaria. The former Jesuit college was expanded into a full university by Bamberg’s Prince Bishop Melchior Otto Voit von Salzburg and Friedrich Karl von Schönborn. The university has remained true to their tradition for over 350 years – even in the face of secularization and closure during the National Socialist regime – and officially gained the title of “university” in 1979.
Over 12,800 students were enrolled at the university as of 2015, the majority of them in the Humanities faculty which, as the university’s largest, has also significantly shaped the research profile of the Otto-Friedrich-Universität.
It is best to make rail travel plans individually using the Deutsche Bahn’s (German rail service) online services (available in English). Please indicate "Bamberg" as your destination. You can purchase low-priced tickets in advance, using these online services. You must print the tickets out yourself. You may also purchase and print your ticket from machines (with English option) at the train terminal.
Arriving from Frankfurt/Main International Airport
The railway station Frankfurt F lughafen F ernbahnhof (long distance railway station) is located below Terminal 1 and here you can find rail connection information and a booking office. Generally, trains to Bamberg (with a transfer in Würzburg) leave this station every half hour. The journey takes between two and three hours.
Arriving from Munich International Airport
There is a local commuter train (S-Bahn) and bus access in Terminals 1 and 2: trains and buses leave every 10 minutes for Munich’s central railway station (H auptbahnhof), and this journey takes about 40 minutes. From the central station there is a regular rail connection to Bamberg (either direct, or with a transfer in Nuremberg). The journey from the airport to Bamberg takes between two and three hours altogether.
Arriving from Nuremberg Airport
There is a regular underground (U-Bahn) connection from the airport to Nuremberg’s central railway station (line 2; approximately 10 minutes). From here there are multiple direct connections to Bamberg every hour. The journey from the airport to Bamberg takes about one hour altogether.
For those seeking the most cost-efficient travel option, Germany offers FlixBus, a European-wide coach bus travel program. Both bus lines from Frankfurt and Munich to Bamberg are direct and offer free Wi-Fi.
From Frankfurt/Main International Airport
Approximately 4 daily departures, direct from the airport to Bamberg train station (Hauptbahnhof) starting at 11 Euro. Duration: 3 — 3hrs 45m.
From Munich International Airport
Approximately 8 daily departures, direct from the airport to Bamberg train station (Hauptbahnhof) starting at 23 Euro. Duration: 3hrs 10m.
More information and direct booking at the FlixBus website, available in English, at www.flixbus.com.
Bamberg can be reached from any direction via the German motorway network. The A70 provides access from the east and west and is connected to the A3 (Cologne-Passau). The A73 provides access from the north and south and is connected to the A7 (Flensburg-Füssen) and the A9 (Berlin-Munich). It is advisable to use an online route planner (such as Google Maps) or a GPS device to help find a convenient route.
The city itself has longstanding history as a military site stretching from the 10th ce. when it was dubbed the ‘fort on a hill’. In 1945, at the conclusion of WWII, U.S. military forces set up and occupied a base known as the Warner Barracks (closed as of late 2014). Many American families remain in Bamberg and the surrounding area.
By the time our conference kicks off in late October,
Bamberg will have inaugurated a new police academy
(the main educational facility for police officers in the
whole of Germany) built on the site of the former
U.S. Warner Barracks. Though the academy will create some 400 jobs and space for some 2,100 police recruits, some bemoan that the land has fallen into the hands of the state government and the German Federal Police, instead of being converted into much-needed residential areas. Nevertheless, the former US military site a will house a large refugee center on its premises in addition to the new police academy.
Bamberg’s residents particularly value the city’s high quality of life – and not only in summer, when droves of people flock to the local Keller (i.e. beer gardens). With its forests, rivers and crag-covered hills, the beautiful countryside around the city affords opportunities for all varieties of recreational activities.
In the way of art, culture and sports: Music lovers will be pleased to know that the city is home to the world renowned Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. Theatre fans delight in the E.T.A.-Hoffmann-Theatre’s productions. And for over 10 years the Internationales Künstlerhaus Vi a Concordia (international artists’ house) has been enriching cultural life in Bamberg with fine art, literature and music.
Upon your arrival we will provide you with a list of recommended restaurants, cafés, bars, and venues for music, art, and other cultural programs.
The tourist information offices provide a great online portal for learning more about Bamberg.
A map to all university/campus facilities can be found here.
A Bamberg city map can be found here.
Further Contact Details
Please contact student coordinator Cara Koehler at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding arrival, ticket purchase, and general transportation/logistical concerns.