Bamberg is a small, yet bubbly university town, historical in spirit and boasting a rich spectrum of cultural events. Students are always within easy reach of the university and the picturesque town is very familiar and friendly. The Old Town is home to a hive of student activity with book stores, restaurants, bistros and cafés.The Otto-Friedrich University is Bavaria's most recent and oddly one of its oldest universities. On 14th November 1647 Bamberg's Prince Bishop Melchior Otto Voit von Salzburg extended the former Jesuit College to include a faculty of philosophy and theology, naming it Academia Ottoniana. Prince Bishop Karl von Schönborn extended the academy to embrace a faculty of law, promoting it to the status of a fully fledged university. In 1773 it was named Universitas Ottoniana Fridericiana. In 1979 the "House of Wisdom" established in 1972, was permitted to call itself a university again. In 1988 the name of the University once again referred to its two founders Otto and Friedrich. (Source: University web site).