Why choose Bamberg to learn German?
If you are considering interesting places to learn German, you would most probably think of Berlin, Heidelberg, Munich, or another of the many famous German towns and cities which are well known all over the world. But Bamberg? Never heard of it. Well, if that’s the case, allow us to introduce you to this city of 70,000 inhabitants, located in northern Bavaria.
Even if you had no particular reason for learning German, you would want to come and see Bamberg anyway. The beauty of this city has achieved worldwide recognition over the last two decades. However, as a student actually living in Bamberg, you would get a different view of the city, discovering fascinating places which tourists do not usually get to see.
In one way, Bamberg is a typical German city; it has an historic ‘Old Town’ which has retained its original structure and buildings, many of which date from the early Middle Ages. This is one of the reasons that Bamberg was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1993. German and European Middle Ages and Baroque history have not only been preserved, but also exist as a living and vital part of modern life.
For the visitor, Bamberg is an accessible city with short streets and is constructed on a human scale. One can reach many important locations on foot, and for those who prefer to explore on two wheels, there are ample cycle paths.
Bamberg offers plenty of variety; the cultural and gastronomic choice is of high quality and able to satisfy almost any taste. Its major sights can be easily seen during the course of a week’s stay. In this way, the city offers its students a perfect balance between study and relaxation.
In addition, Bamberg is a very hospitable city. You can always find somebody to give you directions, and it’s pretty easy to begin a conversation with the locals in one of the city’s many pubs, so you can practise your German straight away.
Despite its antiquity, Bamberg is a youthful city. It has a lot of schools, a university with around 13,000 students, and the large number of pavement cafes, pubs and clubs ensure that the streets are filled with young people night and day.
In a word, the combination of tradition, culture and quality of life in Bamberg proves irresistible to its visitors.