Beyond the bustle of Christmas markets and merriment of drinking Glühwein exists another way to experience the traditional spirit of the Christmas season. Visitors to Bamberg, Germany, can discover the city’s historical manger scenes.
Bamberg is referred to as the Krippenstadt, or “manger city,” and the city’s tourism office offers a walking tour of the “Nativity Trail” that connects 40 stations and nearly 400 Nativity scenes.
Displayed in the cathedral, in small chapels, museums and other buildings in and around the city’s Altstadt, the scenes depict not only the birth of Jesus in the manger, but also other biblical scenes, such as Mary and Joseph’s search for an inn in Bethlehem and Jesus at the temple as a boy of 12. Some of the Nativity scene figures are centuries old.
Nativity scenes can be viewed through the Advent season (Dec. 2-Dec. 23) with some remaining on display through February. For descriptions of the scenes and where to find them, see www.tinyurl.com.agzbvat. For more information, see the Stars and Stripes article at www.tinyurl.com/a3985ec.