Franconia and the German Danube Travel Guide
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All that is left of the huge, ancient kingdom of the Franks is the region known today as Franken (Franconia), stretching from the Bohemian Forest on the Czech border to the outskirts of Frankfurt. The Franks were not only tough warriors but also hard workers, sharp tradespeople, and burghers with a good political nose. The word frank means bold, wild, and courageous in the old Frankish tongue. It was only in the early 19th century, following Napoléon's conquest of what is now southern Germany, that the area was incorporated into northern Bavaria.
Make reservations well in advance for hotels in all the larger towns and cities if you plan to visit anytime between June... read more
Many restaurants in the rural parts of this region serve hot meals only between 11:30 am and 2 pm, and 6 pm and 9 pm.... read more
Things To Do in Franconia and the German Danube
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Bamberg’s Altstadt: This one isn't just for the tourists. Bamberg may be a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but it's also a vibrant... Read more
Rising from the depths of the Black Forest and emptying into the Black Sea, the Danube is the queen of rivers; cloaked in myth and... Read more
Few places in the world do Christmas as well as Germany, and the country’s Christmas markets, sparkling with white fairy lights and rich... Read more
Franconia is known for its good and filling food and for its simple and atmospheric Gasthäuser. Pork is a staple, served either as... Read more
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