The Altes Rathaus or Old Town Hall is one of the main sights to see in this Franconian city of Bamberg. It is accessible by two bridges (you can see one bridge in my image here) being built in the middle of the Regnitz River. Its construction was said to begin in 1386.
The Old Town of Bamberg is included in the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Old Town Hall in Bamberg is quite a curiosity: The frescoes that adorn the facades are as amazing as the story behind the building’s construction.
According to legend the bishop of Bamberg did not grant the citizens any land for the construction of a town hall. This prompted the townsfolk to ram stakes into the river Regnitz to create an artificial island, on which they built the town hall they so badly wanted.
The location marks the old border of rule between the episcopal city on the hills and the bourgeois island city and is a clear demonstration of the bourgeoisie’s thirst for power.
The Old Town Hall’s frescoes never fail to impress as they lend the facades a three-dimensional quality achieved with trompe d’oeil architecture. A special detail is a continual source of mirth among tourists: the leg of a cherub protudes out of the wall as a sculpture. Today the Old Town Hall accommodates the prestigious rococo hall and the Ludwig Collection.Bamberg Rathaus