Central Franconia

In the middle of the golf off-season, when in many places both golfers and tourists take a break for the winter, that’s when the heart of Central Franconia shines brightest. Nuremberg's legendary Christkindlmarkt opens to the public, attracting nearly two million visitors. The equally legendary Nuremberg Rostbratwurst has to make some room for mulled wine, festive cookies and – the most legendary of them all – Nuremberg Lebkuchen. Franconia’s largest city, through which the very first German railway line passed, is in its element and for a few weeks takes centre stage ahead of Franconia’s other popular destinations, such as the town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber with its timber frame buildings or the regional capital Ansbach. Or Solnhofen, where archaeologists find precious fossils from the Jurassic Period.

The famous Christmasmarket in Nuremberg is probably the most beautiful Christmasmarket in Bavaria.
The famous Christmasmarket in Nuremberg is probably the most beautiful Christmasmarket in Bavaria. (Agentur Look)
The river Pegnitz in Nürnberg
The river Pegnitz in Nürnberg (GettyImages)

Anyone in search of Christmas at its finest need look no further than Nuremberg’s Christkindlesmarkt. At around 180 stalls, visitors will find Christmas tree baubles, carved nativity figures, children’s toys and jewellery.


Albrecht Dürer

Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528) was one of the greatest artists of the Renaissance. The people of Nuremberg will remain eternally thankful to him for having made the city famous for its art. His “Praying Hands” are known all around the world. So it comes as no surprise that the city has officially named itself the “City of Albrecht Dürer”.


The town of 11,000 is known well beyond the borders of Germany and boasts several old city gates. Rothenburg embodies the Middle Ages, featuring timber framed buildings and a walkable city fortress.

Fossils found in Solnhofen
Fossils found in Solnhofen (GettyImages)

Solnhofer Fossilien

When the Solnhofen region was covered by the Jurassic Sea a long time ago, a lagoon that would make history was formed. This site has become a treasure trove for fossil collectors. The Solnhofen slabs, which are exported for use as floor and wall tiles, have also made a name for themselves.



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