Franconia and the German Danube Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Franconia and the German Danube - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Altes Rathaus

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At Bamberg's historic core, the Altes Rathaus is tucked snugly on a small island in the Regnitz. To the west of the river is the so-called...


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Directly adjacent to the Bamberg Dom, this museum contains one of many nails and splinters of wood reputed to be from the cross of Jesus.


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Bamberg's great cathedral is a unique building that tells not only the town's story but that of Germany as well. The first building here...

Kloster Banz

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This abbey, which some call the "holy mountain of Bavaria," proudly crowns the west bank of the Main north of Bamberg. There had been...

Kloster St. Michael

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Once a Benedictine monastery, this structure has been gazing over Bamberg since 1015. After being overwhelmed by so much baroque elsewhere,...

Levi-Strauss Museum

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Eighteen kilometers (11 miles) south of Bamberg in the village of Buttenheim is a little blue-and-white half-timber house where Löb...

Neue Residenz

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This glittering baroque palace was once the home of the prince-electors. Their plan to extend the immense palace even further is evident...

Obere Pfarre

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Bamberg's wealthy burghers built no fewer than 50 churches. The Church of Our Lady, known simply as the Obere Pfarre (Upper Parish),...


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The Neue Residenz is home to the Staatsbibliothek (library). Among the thousands of books and illuminated manuscripts here are the original...


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In Bad Staffelstein, on the east side of the Main north of Bamberg, is a tall, elegant, yellow-sandstone edifice whose interior represents...