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administrative region of Franconia in Bavaria, Germany
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Middle Franconia (Mittelfranken) is the southernmost, central and most urbanized part of Franconia in Germany. Its heart is the urbanized area around Nuremberg Fürth and Erlangen but there are also delightful Bierkeller or natural attractions in its rural parts.

CitiesEdit

Map of Middle Franconia

 
Rothenburg ob der Tauber:
Town hall and Market square
 
Old town hall of Weißenburg in Bayern
  • 1 Nuremberg (German: Nürnberg) the biggest city in the region and notable as one of the preeminent Reichsstädte during much of the Middle Ages
  • 2 Erlangen university town with a big presence by Siemens and a cosmopolitan feeling to it unusual in a town of only 100,000
  • 3 Ansbach the administrative center and former residence of the margraves of Ansbach-Bayreuth
  • 4 Fürth Nuremberg's neighbor and most important rival with a rich Jewish history
  • 5 Herzogenaurach - world-famous as the city of Adidas and Puma, this place offers superb outlet shopping as well as an underapreciated old town
  • 6 Rothenburg ob der Tauber — famous for its intact medieval Altstadt encircled by 13th century town walls.
  • 7 Schwabach
  • 8 Lauf an der Pegnitz - a smaller city with nice half-timber buildings, two old town gates and a castle, about 18 km from Nuremberg at the Pegnitz river
  • 9 Thalmässing
  • 10 Weißenburg
  • 11 Stein bei Nürnberg - a small city near Nuremberg, home to the world-famous "Faber-Castell" pencils with a quite some impressive buildings related to the factory and family
  • 12 Dinkelsbühl a stop along the Romantic Road renowned for its largely preserved medieval old town

Other destinationsEdit

 
Franconian Lake District: Big Brombach Lake

UnderstandEdit

Get inEdit

By planeEdit

The only airport with scheduled flights in this area is in Nuremberg (NUE IATA). If you arrive from further away, you will most likely have to change planes in Frankfurt (FRA IATA).

By carEdit

The Autobahns A3, A9 and A73 run through this area

By trainEdit

The main hub is Nuremberg. From there S-Bahn or Regional trains connect to (almost) all points with a train station in the region and some beyond

By busEdit

Some Intercity buses in Germany stop in some places, again most of them in Nuremberg

Get aroundEdit

Practically all of Middle Franconia is served by the VGN with a fairly extensive network of buses and trains

SeeEdit

ItinerariesEdit

Depending on which part of Middle Franconia you are interested in most, you would want to cover more than this administrative region. E.g. many interesting cities around are in Upper Franconia (e.g. Bamberg).

DoEdit

  • Deuthshes national Museum (Nürnberg)
  • Spielzueg Museum (Nürnberg)

EatEdit

DrinkEdit

Breweries in Franconia lists breweries, beer cellars, brewery museums.

Stay safeEdit

Go nextEdit

  • Franconian Switzerland - a region with steep hills, great castles, loved by climbers do to its rocks and an incredible density of breweries. It "touches" the north of Middle Franconia, but is not really in it (it lies in Upper Franconia)
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