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Amberg

Amberg is a small city in the middle of the Oberpfalz in Bavaria, Germany. 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.

Sights

  • 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

Recommended Eats

  • Bruckmüller Bräu's restaurant near the Stadttheater
  • Schlöderer Bräu between the Bahnhof and Rathaus.
  • Der Topfgucker in the vicinity of the Stadttheater.
  • Winkler Biergerten

Getting there

From Nuremberg and points north and west: train from Nürnberg Hbf about every hour during the day. By auto, Autobahn 6 towards Prague and exit Amberg-West.

From Regensburg 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: Grafenwöhr and Vilseck to the north, and Hohenfels to the south. Vilseck is currently the center of the military community, but Grafenwöhr 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 Grafenwöhr and Hohenfels, and is much more interesting than anything else between the two.

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