From the 10th century onwards, this town became an
important link with the Slav peoples, especially those of Poland and
Pomerania. During its period of greatest prosperity, from the 12th
century onwards, the architecture of Bamberg strongly influenced
northern Germany and Hungary. In the late 18th century it was the centre
of the Enlightenment in southern Germany, with eminent philosophers and
writers such as Hegel and Hoffmann living there.