Franconia’s greatest city is a reminder of the triumphs and tragedies of German history, set against a splendid medieval backdrop.
2 Opera in Bayreuth
Plan years in advance if you want to experience Wagner at the world-famous Festspiele.
3 Vierzehnheiligen church
This fabulous place of pilgrimage is a vision of heaven, if heaven’s designers were masters of the Rococo.
4 Bamberg’s Rauchbier
Smoky and sweetly mysterious, Bamberg’s favourite brew is as unique as the city that created it.
5 The Residenz, Würzburg
Balthasar Neumann’s Baroque masterpiece is as magnificent a palace as any in Europe.
6 Walled towns of the Romantic Road
Take a trip back in time to the magical medieval towns of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Dinkelsbühl and Nördlingen.
7 Cycling in the Taubertal
Slow right down to get the most out of this gentle wine-growing country at the start of the Romantic Road.