Biergarten in Bamberg, Bayern (Bavaria), Southern Germany, located in Upper Franconia. Its historic center is a UNESCO world heritage site – the town was first mentioned in 902. It extends over 7 hills, each crowned by a church. This has led to Bamberg being called the “Franconian Rome” – although a running joke among local tour guides is to refer to Rome instead as the “Italian Bamberg”. Bamberg has been an important base for the Bavarian, German, and, more recently American military – Warner Barracks, as a non-enduring US military base, was closed in late 2014. Discussions are ongoing on the future use of the barracks area, which has been returned to the German government.