Amberg, Germany

in front of the Municipal Hall..photo taken by a good friend of mine!! love it here!!

From Amberg to Rothenburg!!! great trip!!! The last time I was in Amberg was in Jan. 19, 2008..The next day we proceeded to Rotehnburg with friends and really enjoyed our trip!!…I had been to Amberg for quite lot of times. We usually go here just to eat to our favorite Chinese Restaurant…as usual sharing some photos for you to see..I have to sign off now…my head is getting very heavy..guess getting a headache now!!! goodnight!!

the Rathaus or Town hall of Amberg….photo by Euroangel

courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amberg

Amberg is a town in Bavaria, Germany. It is located in the Upper Palatinate (Germ. Oberpfalz), roughly halfway between Regensburg and Bayreuth.

HISTORY

The town was first mentioned in 1034, at that time under the name Ammenberg. It became an important trading centre in the Middle Ages, exporting mainly iron ore and iron products. In 1269, together with Bamberg, the town became subordinate to the Wittelsbach dynasty that ruled Bavaria.

In 1329 the town and the entire Upper Palatinate fell to a branch line of the Wittelsbach family and was no longer part of the duchy of Bavaria. Although in geographic terms it was regarded as Bavarian and the region was part of the Bavarian circle in the organisation of the Imperial Circles. The rulers of Upper Palatinate were open-minded towards Protestantism. In the 16th century the town turned to Lutheranism, but attempts of the ruling family to introduce the more radical Calvinism failed due to the reluctance of its citizens.

In 1628 Amberg and Upper Palatinate became part of the electorate of Bavaria. The inhabitants were given the choice: return to Catholicism or leave the town forever. Many families left the town and fled to the Free Imperial Cities of Regensburg and Nuremberg.

Amberg was the regional capital of Upper Palatinate until 1810 when power was transferred to the larger cit

y of Regensburg. After the Second World War, after which Bavaria fell into the American Sector, Amberg was home to Pond Barracks, a United States Army base. The base was finally closed in 1992 and turned over to the local community for housing, most of it social housing.

 
 

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