Eight questions for...

Ulrike Laible, World Heritage Bamberg center manager

When I visit the World Heritage Site of Bamberg, what should I definitely not miss?

The historical city center of Bamberg is so diverse and it has so many hidden artistic and cultural treasures. Even on their first visit, people will notice the closed cityscape, which dates back to medieval and Baroque eras. A stroll through the historical streets and alleyways is always rewarding. And, of course, the cathedral with the former bishop's residence Alte Hofhaltung, the Residence with the rose garden, and the Old Town Hall in the middle of the river are not to be missed.

What do you particularly like here?

Bamberg is a lively town with numerous pretty places that entice you to while away the time. What I particularly like is the town's close connection with the River Regnitz and the many green areas. The area around St Michael's Abbey, with the terraced gardens and the wide expanse of fruit orchards, also makes up some unique scenery. Today, vines are being grown on the abbey's southern hillside once more.

Do you have an insider tip?

My tip would be the Gärtnerstadt, or "gardener's city," a centuries' old district whose well-preserved structures have made it part of the World Heritage Site. A recently constructed path with an observation deck makes the area more accessible. A look over the old gardens is certainly worth it from this vantage point. The recently opened Gärtner- und Häckermuseum, which surveys the history of Bamberg's commercial horticulture, is also a very special experience. There are still several commercial gardeners in the town - and they're always happy to welcome visitors.

What impressed you most during your first visit here?

Apart from the important historical buildings, it was the many small details that have been preserved in Bamberg. There are new things to discover everywhere.

Which time of the year is the most attractive here?

Summer is by far the most beautiful time of year, when the traditional beer gardens, called "beer cellars" here, open for business. If you prefer it quieter, the winter months are ideal. Then I also recommend going to a concert by the famous Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and going on a walk on the so-called Krippenweg, which will take you by Bamberg's most impressive churches.

What else should I see here?

The harbor paths along the Regnitz were redone for the State Garden Show in 2012. They connect the abandoned industrial areas with Hain Park. At the historical river locks, you can take in a beautiful panorama looking over the Villa Concordia, which today is home to the International Artists' House.

Visiting World Heritage Sites means working up an appetite. What regional specialty should I try?

Franconian cuisine is renowned for its good, homely fare. Among its specialties are Brotzeitteller, a traditional Bavarian snack, Bratwurst sausages, roast pork, pork knuckles cooked in beer, or Bamberger onions stuffed with meat. This of course should be accompanied by a Rauchbier, beer made with smoked malt.

And which World Heritage Site would you like to see one day?

The Fagus Factory in Alfeld - one of the cradles of modern architecture.

Ulrike Laible

is an architectural historian. She was based in Berlin until 2009.

In Berlin she directed the Schinkel Center for architecture, urban research and the preservation of memorials. She was responsible for projects, exhibitions and publications on architecture and art history.

From 2011 until 2013, she managed the World Heritage Center in Bamberg.