June 1989, Bamberg, Germany
I arrived in Bamberg on an overcast Saturday at mid-afternoon. As soon as I parked my car, the first raindrops started falling. As the rain started getting worse, I ducked into a bar to wait out the showers, and had a Rauchbier (a smoked beer brewed locally) and a piece of apple cake.
But the rain didn't let up, and since I still wanted to see the sites, I went out again. I learned an important lesson that day - always bring along an umbrella when touring Germany!
The photo shows the unusual city hall situated on a small island in the middle of the Regnitz. I returned to Bamberg several years later and took another photo from the same spot on a clear day, but I still like this photo better.
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Franconia, Franken, is the northern part of Bavaria. Primarily popular among German tourists, the area contains much to see and do. For instance, this area has perhaps the highest concentration of Breweries in Germany (the country with largest number of breweries in the world).
I discovered the charms of this area quite by accident during my 1986 trip to Germany. I visited Nürnberg specifically to see the Deutsches Museum. After leaving Nürnberg, I headed north to Bayreuth. and spent a day exploring the Fränkisches Schweiz.