Bavaria's second largest city, has more to offer than its famous spicy lebkuchen cookies and sausages, the Christmas market and imperial castle. Mingling among the half-timbered facades and sandstone houses are more than 30 museums including the German National Museum. Events such as the Blaue Nacht night of art or the Bardentreffen music festival are well known beyond the city limits.
City highlights in the region
The urban experience
Erlangen is one of Germany's best preserved baroque cities and is home to the Friedrich Alexander University and the largest Siemens site worldwide. Every year at Whitsun, locals and visitors alike flock to the beer festival and beer cellars to enjoy the regional brews. The margrave’s castle and extensive park invite you to relax and linger there.
Schwabach is renowned for its gold connection. For more than 500 years, gold has been hammered here into wafer-thin sheets and still today is exported worldwide. The civic museum shows how the precious gold leaf is fashioned in a workshop with live demonstrations. The market square with its lovingly restored half-timbered and mansion houses, trendy shops and traditional inns is among the loveliest in Franconia.
The PLAYMOBIL-FunPark is not the only attraction for visitors to Zirndorf. It also boasts a charming historic Franconian town centre with half-timbered, sandstone and brick houses and the Alte Veste tower.
Visitors to Bamberg are captivated by one of Europe’s largest fully preserved historic old towns, which is classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sights worthy of mention include the museums on the cathedral hill, the high density of breweries and the former fishermen’s district known as Little Venice on the banks of the Regnitz.
Enjoy an entertaining spotlight on German history or indulge your romantic spirit. You can do both in the mediaeval city of Rothenburg with its mighty city walls. No matter whether you follow a night watchman down narrow lanes or take a journey into the past in the Mediaeval Crime and Punishment Museum or German Christmas Museum, you will love Rothenburg.