A beer in Bamberg

Week 39

For our photos this week, on to Franconia, in southern Germany, and in particular the city of Bamberg, well known to beer lovers for its multiplicity of brewhouse-taverns and the local smoked beer (rauchbier), which turned out to have a surprisingly mellow flavour. The old part of the city is a UNESCO world heritage site, and rises up to the Michaelsburg peak – one of the city’s seven hills – where we find the former Benedictine Michaelsburg Abbey; one of its outer buildings houses the Franconian Brewery Museum, an absolute must-see. But don’t miss out the abbey church with its stunning roof painting of flowers, including hops (and an incredibly over-the-top baroque tomb off the east end of the south aisle). Pics inside the museum itself next week – meanwhile book-work carries on apace, having been in Edinburgh at the National Library of Scotland over the weekend. Then Lewes later this week, for the East Sussex Record Office, and a nearby church with a brewing-related tomb. And of course the brewery…..

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