Where to Stay in Bamberg: Accommodation & Area Guide

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Wondering Where To Stay In Bamberg, Germany? Here Are Our Tips!

Interested in staying in a charming German town with great attractions and a whole bunch of history? Bamberg is for you then! With a UNESCO World Heritage designation on this medieval-era town, Bamberg was named as one of our beautiful places in Germany.

Bamberg makes a great stop on a Germany trip that passes through northern Bavaria. That said, if you are looking to stay over in Bamberg, there are a number of really nice hotels in Bamberg and other accommodations to choose from.

We really liked visiting the city – and with popular places to stay like Hotel Residenzschloss and Hotel Nepomuk, you shouldn’t have a problem finding a place to stay in Bamberg.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through the accommodations by type (mostly hotels in Bamberg) and then give you an overview of the best areas to stay in Bamberg with examples of accommodations in each.

Accommodations By Type

Bamberg is a smaller town on the Regnitz River that is sandwiched between Coburg and Nuremberg.

The town has a fascinating history that includes brewing “smoke beer” which is delicious. It’s a popular place to stop by for visitors which is why there is quite a good offering of accommodation options in Bamberg.

A majority of the accommodations in Bamberg are hotels but there are a number of apartments and guesthouses spread throughout the town.

As mentioned, this post is split into two sections: below you will find Bamberg accommodations by type. The second part is all the best areas to stay in Bamberg (where we would stay).

If you know you want a specific kind of accommodation (like a Bamberg hotel) then you can just get started looking below. Otherwise, you can read up on the town areas and pick accommodation that way.

Hotels in Bamberg

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There’s Hotel Alt-Ringlein right in the Old Town across from Schlenkerla Brewery!

With a booming little tourist industry, Bamberg is used to visitors from across the globe as well as local Germans.

So, if you are searching for hotels in Bamberg, Germany, you’re going to find plenty. There is a decent Bamberg hotel offering that caters to different styles and budgets from small, budget hotels to lavish hotels with breakfast and parking.

A bonus is that many of the best hotels in Bamberg are located right in the heart of the famous Altstadt (Old Town). There are also a number of hotels near Bamberg but generally speaking, you’ll find the majority closer to the town centre (which is great for travellers).

Get started searching for hotels in Bamberg here.

If you just want to see a variety of the most popular hotels in Bamberg that balance value for money, location, and amenities, check out some of the best hotels in Bamberg as rated by other travellers below:

Popular Bamberg Hotels

  • Best Western Hotel Bamberg – A popular hotel with breakfast just outside the Old Town
  • Hotel Alt-Ringlein – A historic German-timbered hotel with a beer garden right beside the famous brewery in the Old Town
  • Hotel Am Dom – A charming boutique hotel with breakfast in the Old Town
  • Hotel Weierich – A quirky hotel with great buffet breakfast right in the Old Town
  • ibis Styles Bamberg – A trendy and clean hotel with breakfast in the centre of town

Budget/Cheap Hotels in Bamberg

Staying in Bamberg doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, because it’s a smaller town, prices for hotels are quite reasonable. There are a number of cheaper or budget hotels to choose from – but don’t let “cheap” scare you.

Many of these places have breakfast, parking, and other things (like beer gardens!). They are also usually located in the heart of the town centre so that makes them great value for your stay.

  • Hotel Alt-RingleinA historic German-timbered hotel with beer garden right beside the famous brewery in the Old Town (Our Pick)
  • ibis Bamberg AltstadtA simple hotel with breakfast and private parking under the hotel very close to the heart of the Old Town
  • Hotel Andres – A charming hotel with good breakfast close to the Bamberg train station

Boutique Hotels in Bamberg

Of course, a town with top sights isn’t complete without a few boutique hotels to stay in. There are a handful of truly boutique hotels in Bamberg scattered around the town – from colourful design hotels to simple yet charming hotels that make you want to stay longer!

  • Hotel Am DomA charming boutique hotel with breakfast in the Old Town (Our Pick)
  • Hotel WohnbarA cool design hotel with breakfast in Grüner Markt
  • Hotel Weierich – A quirky hotel with a great breakfast in the Old Town

Luxury Hotels in Bamberg

Given that Bamberg is such a small town, there are basically no true luxury hotel options to choose from. That said, there are a few hotels that emphasize a more upscale stay and offer amenities like nice onsite dining, outdoor space to enjoy, and/or river views.

Guesthouses in Bamberg

If you are in search of a comfortable accommodation that is often cozier than a hotel, there are a number of guesthouses in Bamberg to check out.

Sometimes called Gasthaus or Gasthof in German, guesthouses are kind of like a bed and breakfast where you get a simple room in a smaller accommodation – usually a house or inn – and have breakfast served in the morning.

There are actually a handful of guesthouses in the centre of town with many more in the areas surrounding the city. You can check here for guesthouses in Bamberg. We’ve included a variety of nice guesthouses to get you started:

  • Hotel Brudermühle – A traditional guesthouse with breakfast basically on the river overlooking the Altes Rathaus (Our Pick)
  • Hotel am Brauerei-Dreieck – A top-rated guesthouse with free breakfast and parking, a 20 minute walk to the Old Town (closer to the train station)
  • Landgasthof Heerlein – A traditional country guesthouse with restaurant close to Altenburg Castle and a short walk to the Old Town

Hostels in Bamberg

Bamberg isn’t really a backpacker town given that it’s so small and on the way to larger places like Nuremberg or Munich.

However, there are still a handful of hostels in town if you need a cheaper/budget place to stay in Bamberg. You can check here for hostels in Bamberg but specifically, you should look at:

Apartments in Bamberg

If you are travelling as a group (or as a family with kids) and you need more space, an apartment can be a good accommodation option in Bamberg.

There are traditional apartments and you can even find the odd aparthotel both in the town centre and the surrounding areas. You can check here for apartments in Bamberg.

Below are a few nice apartments in great locations around Bamberg:

Accommodations By Neighbourhood/Area

Now that we have covered the different types and styles of accommodation in Bamberg, we can dive into the best places to stay.

We’ll introduce the best areas below, tell you what is there, why it’s a good fit, and then suggest a few different well-rated places to stay (usually Bamberg hotels) in each area.

Remember, the town is small so the three areas below basically cover the entire town centre. If we were to visit again, these are the exact areas we would search for accommodation.

If you know where you want to stay, you can jump ahead and check out our top pick for each area listed below:

Top Bamberg Accommodations By Area

Altstadt/Old Town – For Sightseeing

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Bamberg’s Old Town is a great place to stay!

For a classic Bamberg experience, there is no better place to stay than the Old Town. Called the Altstadt in German, this is the UNESCO World Heritage area we talked about in the top. The mix of medieval buildings with restored and preserved architecture makes it a wonderful place to stay.

This is also where you will find many of the top attractions like the Altes Rathaus (shown above), the Bamberg Cathedral (Dom), and many shops, restaurants, and breweries where you can enjoy various treats or beverages like Bamberg “smoke beer”! We loved the Old Town and – while it can get busy in the summer – it’s still a top place to stay for a reason!

The Altstadt makes a great area to stay if you are only in the city for a day or two and/or want to dive into the town’s history. You can still walk to the other areas of the city (across the rivers) quite easily from here so hotels here make a nice central base to explore from.

Featured Accommodations in the Bamberg Old Town

Below are some of the top-rated places to stay in the Altstadt area. You’ll find a mix of hotels and some guesthouses and apartments. You can also still easily get to the train station from this side of the town and it’s not impossible to find places to stay with parking if you travel by car.

Hotel Alt-Ringlein – Check Now

  • Style: A Historic and Clean Hotel
  • Price Range: Budget
  • Location: In the heart of the Old Town, right across from the famous brewery “Schlenkerla”
  • Featured Amenities: Onsite restaurant, good breakfast, beer garden, parking

Hotel Weierich – Check Now

  • Style: A Quirky and Authentic Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: Heart of the Old Town close to the Cathedral (Dom), Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus), and river
  • Featured Amenities: Nice buffet breakfast included, underground parking nearby

Hotel Nepomuk – Check Now

  • Style: A Bright and Clean Hotel
  • Price Range: Mid-Range
  • Location: In the south end of the Old Town – basically overlooking the beautiful river and Old Town Hall building!
  • Featured Amenities: Onsite bar/restaurant, nice breakfast, great views

Hotel Brudermühle – Check Now

  • Style: A Charming and Traditional Guesthouse
  • Price Range: Mid-Range
  • Location: In the heart of the Old Town overlooking the water at famous the Altes Rathaus
  • Featured Amenities: Onsite restaurant/bar, nice breakfast

Grüner Markt – For Shopping

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Grüner Markt is a nice part of the town centre with shops and market stalls…

Across one branch of the river on what is essentially an island is another part of the Old Town situated around Grüner Markt.

This area is made up of a lovely pedestrian mall with many shops, bakeries, cafes, bars, and other stores. This side of town feels a bit newer but still has colourful buildings and beautiful architecture.

In fact, some prefer this side of the river over the heart of the Old Town because it is less busy with those looking to sightsee in Bamberg. We can see both sides.

This area is lovely to stay in as there are a number of hotels in this area. There are also a number of sights on this side of the river like the Neptunbrunnen, Maximiliansplatz, and the Naturkunde Museum.

Of course, this side of the river also has an area called “Little Venice” which is a number of small timbered buildings that line the river like they do in Venice! You can see it better from the Old Town across the river but it’s technically on this side if you’re looking for it!

Featured Accommodations in Grüner Markt

Below are a number of places to stay in the Grüner Markt area.

This district makes up a large chunk of the town centre but is great because you are located right in the middle between the Old Town and the train station. Below are a number of top-rated hotels you can check out, many of which offer parking (compared to the older side of the Old Town).

ibis Styles Bamberg – Check Now

  • Style: A Trendy and Clean Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: Close to Grüner Markt, just across a bridge from the centre of the Old Town
  • Featured Amenities: Nice breakfast available, underground parking available

Hotel Wohnbar – Check Now

  • Style: A Cool and Quirky Design Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: On a quiet street close to Grüner Markt, a short walk to the river and the heart of the Old Town
  • Featured Amenities: Super breakfast, paid parking close by

Hotel Bamberger Hof Bellevue – Check Now

  • Style: An Bright and Upscale Hotel
  • Price Range: Mid-Range
  • Location: In the centre of town, a short walk to the best attractions in the Old Town
  • Featured Amenities: Very good breakfast, parking garage available

Luitpoldstraße – For Train Station/ Convenience

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Looking towards Luitpoldbrücke which leads right to the Bamberg Train Station

Lastly, we have the area farthest from the heart of the Old Town. This area runs along Luitpoldstraße and directly connects the Grüner Markt area to the train station.

So, this area is good if you are travelling by car because accommodations in this area usually have parking and you don’t have to worry about driving into the Old Town to find a spot to park. You can also hop on the highway easily from this side of town.

This area is also convenient for those travelling by train because the station is so close to the hotels in the area.

If should be noted that even though this is the farthest area from the Old Town, you can still easily walk there in about 20 minutes. The scale of these areas is not very large overall so any of them makes for a nice place to stay.

There are also a few restaurants and breweries in this area – but again, you are just a quick bridge crossing to the Grüner Markt area (and another few minutes to the Old Town, if needed).

Featured Accommodations in Luitpoldstraße

Below you can find a handful of the top hotels in this area. Since there is more physical space – compared to the Old Town – hotels can usually offer parking spaces.

In general, it’s a more residential and quiet location but the accommodations that are here are well-regarded and very popular!

Best Western Hotel Bamberg – Check Now

  • Style: A Popular and Reliable Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: Near the river, close to the train station and a shot walk to the heart of the Old Town
  • Featured Amenities: Buffet breakfast, outdoor terrace, underground parking

Hotel Europa – Check Now

  • Style: A Bright and Classic Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: Close to river in the town centre between the Old Town and the train station
  • Featured Amenities: Onsite bar/restaurants, nice buffet breakfast, lovely staff

Hotel Andres – Check Now

  • Style: A Charming and Clean Hotel
  • Price Range: Budget
  • Location: Very close to the train station, a doable walk to sights in the Old Town
  • Featured Amenities: Really nice breakfast, parking available, pet-friendly hotel

Related Articles

You can also read up more on Bamberg and other helpful posts on Germany travel if you’re interested:

And there you have it – a rundown of where to stay in Bamberg and some of the best hotels! Of course, there are more properties to choose from in Bamberg than what we’ve listed here.

But we’re confident that if you use our article as inspiration for your search, you’ll find an accommodation option that works for you!

As always, Happy Waddlin’,

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