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Oh I couldn’t tell you enough how much I love Bamberg! It’s just a beautiful city and it has the most delicious restaurants and pubs. Plus, I get to take pictures of those gorgeous colorful buildings!! It truly is a photographer’s paradise around here. Our favorite day to go there is on Sunday’s. I love to sightsee European cities on Sundays!! Mainly because all the shops are closed and the crowds aren’t so big. And I get to resist my shopping temptations too! Europeans love to go walk around on Sundays. They believe that this is the day to spend time together with their families and to take walks, getting to really enjoy their surroundings. You don’t get to really appreciate sightseeing when all the shops are open.. so Sunday is the perfect day to do so! I learned to enjoy not having things open on weekends. It gave me a different perspective about our weekends in general. When I was living in the US, my weekends were made of going to Target check out the home decor section and what other stores had on sale. Everything changed now. I live to travel and plan trips! To really take advantage of this opportunity to live here and see everything. We love to go explore on weekends and taste different foods. Thankfully, most restaurants are open on Sundays. So having a beer and a delicious Bavarian meal somewhere along the way is a must!

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Regensburg is one of the UNESCO’s World Heritage and is situated at the confluence of the Danube, Naab and Regen rivers. The city was considered the cultural center of southern Germany in the Middle Ages.The pictures above are from the Thrun und Taxis castle, the church details inside of the palace, the Danube River and other spots downtown such as the Dom Cathedral. We absolutely loved visiting the castle and admiring all the details. The Princes of Thurn and Taxis lived here for almost two hundred years after they moved from Frankfurt to Regensburg in 1748. In 1816, the palace was converted into a magnificent residence that is regarded as one of the most important examples of historicism in Germany. The Romanesque-Gothic cloister, an impressive reminder of the building’s history as a Benedictine abbey, dates back to the 11th century. Very impressive details and you get to walk around and even go inside to check out the rooms. After sightseeing you can go have some delicious Bavarian meal right next to the castle at the Bauhaus am Schloss, where you can also enjoy their own crafted beer!

Brauhaus am Schloss is Easily located right next to the Castle

Another place we also gave it a try downtown and loved it was Regensburg Weissbrauhaus. Which also had a delicious Bavarian meals and their own brewed beer. Very cool environment for a drink after a long day sightseeing!

Built in the 1300s on the site of earlier cathedrals, Regensburg Cathedral (Dom St. Peter) is the finest Gothic building in Bavaria. Its harmonious exterior, alive with interesting medieval sculptures, has recently been fully cleaned. Inside are even more sculptures along with an extensive collection of medieval stained glass. Absolutely beautiful!

All the unique details of the buildings are breathtaking. While admiring the architecture you can also enjoy some great street food in the market downtown right next to the Dom on weekends.

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As we were driving to Bamberg we passed by Pottenstein and got to see some beautiful sights. There’s a castle that is located on top of a cliff which was super cool to see. Ruins and caves are all over the city too which makes this charming the little town so interesting! The thousand years old castle of Pottenstein, located about sixty meters above the small town of Pottenstein (founded in 1348), gives a beautiful and characteristical view of both landscape and town. Inside the castle a museum presents its objects the old fashioned way starting with the cellar visualising the Thirty Years War (1618 – 1648) in Germany besides some remarkable historical and prehistorical findings of the territory, then three completely furnished rooms, dining room with oven and a rotating historistical painting from 1880 with hunting scenes made by a deaf and dumb artist from Nürnberg, Paul Ritte.

Saint Elisabeth, widow of Ludwig IV, Landgrave of Thuringia, was held hostage within its walls from 1228 to 1229. Many buildings bear her name even today. According to legend, while she was being threatened, the eggs and lard in her basket were transformed into beautiful roses — a local adaptation of the famous Miracle of the roses. Since 2004 there has been a marked walking route through the town, known as the “Elisabeth Route”. The market square, with its statue of Saint Elisabeth, the Catholic Church, shops, restaurants and hotels form the central area of the city. The guestrooms are mostly in the residential areas, in the valleys leading out of the centre of town and in and above the cliffs overlooking the town. Easily reached from all the residential areas is the health centre with its massage department/medical swim therapy department, station for respiratory illnesses in Devil’s Cave, the Kneipp facility, the tourist information centre, the park, putting green, tennis courts, Schöngrund Lake with its rowing boats and pedalos, the “summer bobsleigh route”. the “Felsenbad” (between the rocks), and golfcourse.

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Rothenburg ob der Tauber is the most charming and well preserved medieval town around here and it’s about 2 hours away from Vilseck. The name “Rothenburg ob der Tauber” means, in German, “Red fortress above the Tauber”. This is so because the town is located on a plateau overlooking the Tauber River. As to the name “Rothenburg”, some say it comes from the German words Rot (Red) and Burg (burgh, medieval fortified settlement), referring to the red colour of the roofs of the houses which overlook the river. Rothenburg hosts two museums which are unique in Germany and in Europe: Medieval Crime and Justice Museum as well as the German Christmas Museum, which contains various punishment and torture devices used during the Middle Ages.

The Rathaus (town hall) is a notable renaissance building. The rear Gothic part of the building dates from 1250, and the attached front Renaissance building was started in 1572. This building served as the seat of government for the city-state during the medieval ages and for the city of Rothenburg since the formation of the federalist government. The town hall tower of Rothenburg ob der Tauber is one of the only accessible towers in the town of Rothenburg. Rothenburg has one of the best Christmas Markets in the area! We did a chariot tour around the town. It was lovely and the kids had a blast.

After the lovely tour downtown we stopped for a nice dinner and dessert at their local Italian Restaurant called Roma Pizzeria . Totally Recommend it!! Our desserts were very different and delicious. I ordered Ice cream that looks like spaghetti with strawberry sauce and white chocolate pieces to make it look like Parmesan cheese. So yummy!! And Devin had Amaretto liquor ice cream which was so good too!!

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We live super close to Amberg and I feel like I am always there on the weekends. Mostly because I do our big grocery shopping trips there once or twice a month. I love that we live in the country but at the same time the busy city is nearby with great shopping. I am a city girl and need that buzz every now and then.

Our go to restaurant in Amberg is Schloderer Brau which is a very cozy place downtown and it has its own brewery! I love it to go there because it’s located right downtown and we usually stop there for drinks and nice meal after strolling around the city. There are a few other locations we also enjoy there but by far this place is our favorite. I ordered their Mediterranean Pasta and it was delicious!!! 

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