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Franconia (Franken) is a region of northern Bavaria, a state of Germany, that was formerly a separate kingdom (a duchy) of the Holy Roman Empire. The history of the area stretches back over a thousand years. Franconia encompasses three administrative regions of Bavaria: Lower Franconia (Unterfranken), Middle Franconia (Mittelfranken), and Upper Franconia (Oberfranken). Culturally Franconians identify themselves as being different from Bavarians. Within Franconia are the historically important city of Nuremberg, the UNESCO World Heritage town of Bamberg, and a huge range of outdoor activities in the Franconian Switzerland and Franconian lake district.


Regional Map of Franconia, part of Bavaria, Germany

Lower Franconia (Unterfranken)

Middle Franconia (Mittelfranken)

Upper Franconia (Oberfranken)

Other destinations

  • Fränkische Schweiz (Franconian Switzerland) -- Castle ruins, hiking, canoeing.
  • Fränkisches Seenland (Franconian lake district) -- The Lake District comprises of 7 lakes. The total expanse of water is about 20 km².
  • Fränkisches Weinland (Franconian Wineland) -- Wine tasting, hiking, biking, and more.
  • Fichtelgebirge is in the north-east corner of Franconia. It is arranged like a horseshoe around an inner hill-landscape. The highest mountain is the "Schneeberg (Snow Mountain)" with 1053 m above sealevel.
  • Aufsess is a tiny town which the Guinness Book of World Records recognizes as the town with the most breweries per capita! There's even a beer trail that you can hike with stops at all the local biergartens.



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