Alte Hofhaltung, a Renaissance imperial and Episcopal palace, with a courtyard surrounded by late-Gothic framework buildings, dominates the center square. Altes Rathaus is the strangest town hall in Germany. Determined not to play favorites between the ecclesiastical and secular sections of the city, the town authorities built this Gothic structure on its own little island in the middle of the Regnitz River, halfway between the two factions -- a true middle-of-the-road (or river) political stand. From the island, you get the best view of the old fishermen's houses along the banks in the section called "Little Venice."

For a map and other information, stop by the Bamberg Tourist Information Office, near the cathedral on Geyerswörthstrasse 5 (tel. 0951/2976200; Office hours are Monday to Friday 9:30am to 6pm, Saturday to Sunday 9:30am to 2:30pm (Jan–Mar closed Sun). It’s an easy 10-minute walk from the train station to the Domplatz in the center of the Altstadt, or you can take one of the buses from the front of the station; buy a ticket from one of the machines for 1.70€.

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