A Stroll Around Bamberg
Bamberg was never really on my radar until I met Silke, a German traveller who happened to be my hostel roommate – and learnt that she lived in a UNESCO World Heritage city. It’s not the only one in Germany with such an accolade, nor the only one with many intact pre-WWII buildings, but it was just three hours from Dresden by bus.
The streets that the novelist E.T.A. Hoffmann roamed for nearly five years don’t seem to have changed. Cobblestones are the order of the day, just as they were before the advent of the automobile. The houses and pubs must have seen plenty in their time.
The funny thing was that I didn’t get to meet Silke there, but we ran into each other later in New Zealand! It was still a good stop for me – several hours of walking up and down hills (and sleeping early due to the absence of internet or data in my room) works wonders for the mind.