The Margravial Opera House, Imperial Castle, Würzburg Residence, Mödlareuth: these and six other cultural sites in Franconia are simply a must-see
10 Cultural Highlights in Franconia
The symbol of the city of Nuremberg, its earliest structural roots date back to around the year 1000. It was an important stronghold of imperial and power politics in the era of the Salian and Staufian kings and emperors.
Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds
From 1933 to 1938, the National Socialist party held its party rallies in Nuremberg. Remains of buildings bear witness to the staging of these propaganda shows. The Documentation Centre conveys a comprehensive picture of the Nazi dictatorship and the history of the Party Rallies.
Between 1883 and 1904, prestigious houses were erected in this city in the Historicism and Jugendstil styles. Führt has around 2000 protected historic buildings.
Margravial Opera House
The Baroque theatre dating from the 18th century and preserved in its original state is a world-class theatre monument. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2012.
Georg Schäfer Museum
A masterpiece of modern architecture. The museum houses a unique collection of German paintings and drawings from 1760 to 1930 (from Caspar David Friedrich and Carl Spitzweg to Lovis Corinth and Max Liebermann).
Built in the middle of the 18th century by Balthasar Neumann, it is one of the most brilliant European royal courts of its time. Of particular note is the ceiling fresco above the staircase, done by Tiepolo. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981.
The Old Town of Bamberg
The historical cityscape with its buildings from the 11th to the 18th centuries is a synthesis of medieval churches and Baroque town houses and palaces. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993.
Upper-Germanic & Rhaetian Limes
In ancient time, it divided the Romans from the Germans. At 550 km in length, it is Europe’s longest ground monument. 158 km run through Franconian territory. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2005. Museums, reconstructed forts and watchtowers transport visitors back to ancient times.
frankentourismus.de (only in German)
The Americans called this village in Upper Franconia “Little Berlin”. Here, due to a historical administrative border between Bavaria and Thuringia, the Iron Curtain ran through the middle of a village! Today this is remembered in a museum and memorial.
moedlareuth.de (only in German)
This building is the idealised replica of a Roman villa (with ancient works of art). It stands on the high banks of the River Main in Aschaffenburg and is the replica of a house in Pompeii, the Casa dei Dioscuri. It was commissioned by Ludwig I and building work began in 1840 with plans by Friedrich von Gärtner.