History and beer brewing in Amberg

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Amberg old town
Amberg old town

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The beer-brewing town of Amberg (Amberg vacation rentals | Amberg travel guide) is located in Bavaria, about halfway between Regensburg (Regensburg vacation rentals | Regensburg travel guide) and Bayreuth (Bayreuth vacation rentals | Bayreuth travel guide). Amberg was originally referred to as Ammenberg, and was an important trading center for iron. Now, Amberg offers some interesting historical sites, and, of course, beer!

Embark on a walking tour to take in the sites of the town. Amberg is home to the late-Gothic Parish Church of St. Martin and a Gothic town hall (1358), both of which are located in Market Square. Market Square is bustling on Saturdays when the produce and flower stalls fill the square. Roam the town and check out the well preserved medieval walls and gates. Nabburger Tor (Nabburg Gate), the most impressive of Amberg’s four city gates, used to have a working drawbridge that was lowered to cross the moat.

One interesting architectural feature of the town is the Stadtbrille, which means “town spectacles”. The Stadtbrille is a bridge that was once responsible for protecting the town. The bridge quiet literally looks like a pair of glasses, with its arches reflecting in the water below.

Amberg also has a Luftmuseum (Air Museum). This 21-room museum offers exhibits on art, architecture and technology that all relate to air. The museum is in 14th century building and showcases modern technology – an intriguing mix of old and new. The air museum also has regular theater and musical performances.

As the home of six different breweries, Amberg is no stranger to a party. The town throws its biggest party, the Maria-Hilf-Bergfest (Hill Festival) each year. The festival offers nine days of Bavarian food, music, entertainment, and beer. With all of these sites and experiences to take in, Amberg makes for a great day or weekend trip in Bavaria. The mix of old and new, combined with an intense appreciation for beer brewing and merriment, is sure to keep you entertained.

How to get there: At almost 200km north of Munich (Munich vacation rentals | Munich travel guide), traveling by train will take about 2.5 hours. If traveling by car expect around 2 hours. Take the A9 north and then switch to the A93.

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This travel guide has been written by Allison Stendardi-Deptolla.

Allison Stendardi-Deptolla is from the U.S. and has spent much of the past two years traveling the world. She currently lives in Munich and loves it. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and works as a freelance writer and editor.

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