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 Schloss Eremitage

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This palace, 5 km (3 miles) north of Bayreuth on B-85, makes an appealing departure from the sonorous and austere Wagnerian mood of much...

Brauerei und Büttnerei-Museum

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Near the center of town, in the 1887 Maisel Brewery building, this museum reveals the tradition of brewing over the past two centuries...


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This high temple of the Wagner cult—where performances take place only during the annual Wagner Festival—is surprisingly plain. The...

Fränkische Schweiz

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The B-22 highway cuts through the Fränkische Schweiz—or Franconian Switzerland—which got its name from its fir-clad upland landscape.

Markgräfliches Opernhaus

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In 1745 Margravine Wilhelmine commissioned the Italian architects Giuseppe and Carlo Bibiena to build this rococo jewel, sumptuously...

Neues Schloss

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This glamorous 18th-century palace was built by the Margravine Wilhelmine, a woman of enormous energy and decided tastes. Though Wagner...


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Wahnfried," built by Wagner in 1874 and the only house he ever owned, is now the Richard-Wagner-Museum. It's a simple, austere neoclassical...