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Town of Bamberg

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    The town of Bamberg is situated in the southern part of Germany, in Bavaria (WHC, 2014). Bamberg’s architecture influenced many parts in northern Germany and Hungary, during its highest affluence in the 12th century (WHC, 2014). Many famous German writers and philosophers lived in Bamberg, through which the town became famous in the 18th century (ibid).

    The Duke of Bavaria, Henry II, who later became the King of Germany, intended to make Bamberg to the “second Rome”, by making the it to the seat of a bishopric (ibid).

    In 1993, the old town of Bamberg was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List because of its classical nature (WHC, 2014). Bamberg was built, like Rome, on seven hills (Bamberg Tourism and Congress Service, 2014). The city contains out of three centres, which are historically known. These centres are: the market gardener’s town, the episcopal town and the island town (ibid). The imperial cathedral of St. Peter and St. George is Bamberg’s landmark. Especially the “Bamberg Rider”, which is a stone sculpture inside the cathedral, is attracting many visitors. It is the crypt of Henry II and Cunigunde, the only monarch and empress of the Holy Roman Empire (ibid).

     

    Nowadays, Germany and its Free State Bavaria pledge a high consistent protection of the town even though the city of Bamberg is responsible for the management of the town and its properties. The town communal, the World Heritage property, which is the old town of the city and the Buffer Zone are all included in the, so called land use plan (WHC, 2014). The city hosts and attracts a high amount of tourists each year, while protecting its landscape areas.

     

     

     

    Sources

    Bamberg Tourism and Congress Service (2014) Bamberg Old Town. (Online) Available from: http://www.bavaria.by/bamberg-old-town-unesco-bavaria {Accessed 14.11.11}.

    Heldt Cassel, S., Pashkevich, A. (2013) World heritage and Tourism Innovation: Institutional Frameworks and Local Adaptation. European Planning Studies. (Online) Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09654313.2013.784605 [Accessed 14/11/15].

    Rüther, A. (2014) Personal experiences during visits. Contact info: h14ameru@du.se

    World Heritage Convention (2014) Town of Bamberg. (Online) Available from: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/624 {Accessed 14.11.11}.

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