The northern part of Bavaria is famous not only for its beautiful scenery: This is also where you will find numerous attractions that just have to be visited.
Franconia offers classic car drivers any number of extremely charming routes through fantastic scenery and sometimes through vineyards that could be said to have a touch of the Mediterranean about them.
The routeThe starting point is Würzburg, where visitors are enchanted by more than just the baroque magnificence of the Residence, which was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1981. Further attractions are the Juliusspital , which is still operational today, and the Marienberg Fortress, which is set on the left bank of the river Main. The local hotels and restaurants offer travellers a choice of comfortable accommodation, such as the Schlosshotel Steinburg, which is set just above Würzburg and makes a stylish location for conferences and events of all kinds as well as offering hotel and restaurant facilities.
From here the route goes south and passes numerous tourist attractions on the way. These include Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a town dating back to mediaeval times that has been more or less preserved in its original state.
It is possible to explore this delightful region by following the Romantic Road, one of the oldest and best loved holiday routes in Germany, that takes you as far as Füssen and thus deep into the south of Bavaria. And a short detour in an easterly direction to Ansbach is well worth the effort. The Residence town looks back on a glamorous history, the magic of which can still be felt today. This can be seen in the Margravial Residence, the splendid Orangery in the Hofgarten, as well as the Rococo Festival that takes place on the first weekend of July and brings the former court back to life. From Ansbach the route continues to Castle Dennenlohe, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful baroque ensembles in Bavaria. This is followed by a stretch through the magnificent Franconian Lake District to Gunzenhausen, and then on to Weißenburg, with its beautiful and historic old town. Eichstätt is the next stop, where travellers can enjoy a welcome break after so many kilometres packed with attractions. At Neuburg an der Donau the road then turns in a westerly direction towards Schloss Leitheim, which enjoys a picturesque setting on an elevation above the Bavarian Danube. This building was once the Summer Residence of the abbots of the nearby Kaisheim Abbey. Nowadays you can enjoy an excellent meal here with some fine wine. Then the route takes you on to the country town of Donauwörth. Here you will find an array of historic buildings and attractions, such as the Liebfrauenmünster church that was built around the 15th century and the Reichsstraße in the inner city. One hour away to the south you will find Augsburg, a city that is steeped in tradition and where travellers should definitely plan to spend some time.
Tips for excursions
- Bürgerspital and Juliusspital in Würzburg
- The city of Rothenburg ob der Tauber
- Rococo Festival in Ansbach on the first weekend in July
- Castle concerts in Schloss Leitheim
- Visit to Empress Elisabeth’s (or “Sisi’s”) Castle in Aichach