is a small city in the middle of the Oberpfalz in Bavaria
. Not spectacularly interesting, but not a bad place to spend a sunny afternoon. Altstadt is somewhat preserved and many older, formerly neglected buildings are being carefully renovated.
- Mariahilfberg and its church at the top, with restaurant
- St. Martin basilica
- Marktplatz with fountain commemorating Amberg's best party ever, a 1474 wedding feast
- BruckmÃ¼ller BrÃ¤u's restaurant near the Stadttheater
- SchlÃ¶derer BrÃ¤u between the Bahnhof and Rathaus.
- Der Topfgucker in the vicinity of the Stadttheater.
- Winkler Biergerten
and points north and west: train from NÃ¼rnberg Hbf about every hour during the day. By auto, Autobahn 6 towards Prague and exit Amberg-West.
and points south and east: train from Schwandorf about every hour or two during the day. By auto, Autobahn 93 towards Hof/Weiden and exit on B85/B15 near Schwandorf.
If coming from the US, Frankfurt Airport is actually easier to deal with than Munich
, due to the easier rail link with Nuremberg.
US Military Community
There are several US Army posts in the area: GrafenwÃ¶hr and Vilseck to the north, and Hohenfels to the south. Vilseck is currently the center of the military community, but GrafenwÃ¶hr has the largest PX in Europe. (now eclipsed by Ramstein's BX/PX)
If you are coming to Germany
to work at any of these posts, Amberg is a great place to live. It is halfway between GrafenwÃ¶hr and Hohenfels, and is much more interesting than anything else between the two.