Upper Franconia

Regional Overview

The Heavenly Garden

19th-century travelers in the forests and hills of Upper Franconia described a landscape of beauty and drama that it was referred to as “God’s Garden.” Bamberg’s spires and Baroque alleyways form the center of a region filled with misty hills, ruined castles, and resplendent palaces.

Regional Identity

What to Lookout For

  • The Würzburg Baroque – A variation of the late Baroque and Early Rococo, found everywhere in the region
  • The works of the architects Balthazar Neumann and Johann Dientzenhofer.
  • The elaborate fortifications from the Renaissance and Baroque periods





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What is Upper Franconia?

The rugged landscape of Upper Franconia, with its spires of basalt and sandstone, has attracted visitors to its breathtaking beauty for centuries. A mountain pass leading to the cities of Thuringia and Saxony defines the region’s historical development. All along this ancient trade route rose castles and fortresses to ensure control and collect tolls from passing travelers. Today this legacy is evident in the many ancient crags and crumbling ruins slowly disappearing into the forest.

Upper-Franconia refers to the upper reaches of the Main River as it splits into its source tributaries. Historically, the region was ruled by the Prince-Bishops of Bamberg and the lords of Hohenzollern-Bayreuth. They arrived in the region as part of the German colonization of Slavic lands around 1100, integrating somewhat peacefully with the native population. This heritage is still evident in many place names such as the Regnitz River. Several centuries of relative peace followed, giving us a landscape full of ancient beauty.

Interactive Map

Cities of Upper Franconia

My Quantitative Travel Rankings

To understand where the categories come from, see this article here.

Social Score

4.4 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Hype: 1.3
  • Growth: 3.2
  • Wealth: 4.0
  • Recognition: 7.1
Ease of Travel

4.7 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Accommodation: 3.0
  • Transportation: 2.5
  • Ease of Planning: 8.8
  • Infrastructure: 3.2
  • Interactivity: 7.1
  • Airport: No
Historical Immersion

6.2 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Historical Context: 5.0
  • Monuments: 3.5
  • Quality*: 10
  • Landscape: 9.3
  • Vineyards: 3.3

5.8 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Undiscovered: 1.9
  • Cultural Immersion: 7.7
  • Tradition*: 10



The splendor of the baroque

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