23 days in Upper Franconia Itinerary

23 days in Upper Franconia Itinerary

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Bamberg
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bad Staffelstein
— 1 night
Drive
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Coburg
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kronach
— 1 night
Drive
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Kulmbach
— 1 night
Drive
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Hof
— 2 nights
Drive
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Wunsiedel
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bayreuth
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pottenstein
— 5 nights
Drive
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Forchheim
— 2 nights

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Bamberg — 4 nights

Franconian Rome

First mentioned in historical records from the year 902, Bamberg retains today the medieval, old-world charm that has defined its past development.
Bring the kids along to Bamberg Altstadt and Flussbad Hainbadestelle. Step out of Bamberg to go to Ebrach and see Baumwipfelpfad Steigerwald, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Altes Rathaus, explore the historical opulence of Altenburg, test your team's savvy at Quest4exit GbR, and admire the natural beauty at Rosengarten.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Bamberg online trip builder.

If you are flying in from The Netherlands, the closest major aiports are Frankfurt am Main Airport, Nuremberg Airport and Erfurt Airport. September in Bamberg sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C at night. You'll set off for Bad Staffelstein on the 24th (Sat).
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Bad Staffelstein — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): let the river carry you with Frankenfloss, then whizz through the canopy at Waldklettergarten Banz, then relax and rejuvenate at Obermain Therme, and finally unwind over a drink at Staffelberg Klause.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Bad Staffelstein trip planner.

Bad Staffelstein is just a short distance from Bamberg. On the 25th (Sun), you're off to Coburg.
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Coburg — 2 nights

Once the capital of an independent German principality, Coburg today resembles something out of a storybook with its medeival castle and town.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Wildpark Schloss Tambach, examine the collection at Coburger Puppenmuseum, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Ehrenburg, then take in nature's colorful creations at Hofgarten, and finally walk around Schlossplatz. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn the secrets of production at Hummel Manufaktur, step into the grandiose world of Schloss Rosenau, then examine the collection at European Museum of Modern Glass, then step into the grandiose world of Veste Coburg mit Kunstsammlungen, and finally explore the historical opulence of Schloss Callenberg.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Coburg driving holiday tool.

Coburg is just a stone's throw from Bad Staffelstein. You will leave for Kronach on the 27th (Tue).
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Kronach — 1 night

Kronach is a town in Oberfranken, Bavaria, Germany, located in the Frankenwald area. Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Festung Rosenberg - Deutsches Festungsmuseum, learn the secrets of production at Confiserie Lauenstein, and then step into the grandiose world of Burg Lauenstein.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kronach trip planner.

You can drive from Coburg to Kronach in an hour. You will leave for Kulmbach on the 28th (Wed).
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Kulmbach — 1 night

Kulmbach is the capital of the district of Kulmbach in Bavaria in Germany. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Bayerisches Brauereimuseum im Kulmbacher Monchshof, examine the collection at Plassenburg, steep yourself in history at Schloss Thurnau, then don't miss a visit to Burg Zwernitz, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Haberstumpf Brauerei.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kulmbach travel itinerary planner.

Kulmbach is very close to Kronach. On the 29th (Thu), you're off to Hof.
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Hof — 2 nights

Hof is a town located on the banks of the Saale in the northeastern corner of the German state of Bavaria, in the Franconian region, at the Czech border and the forested Fichtelgebirge and Frankenwald upland regions.The town of Hof is enclosed by, but does not belong to the Bavarian district of Hof; it is nonetheless the district's administrative seat.The town's most important work of art, the Hofer altar, dates from about 1465 and is exhibited in the Alte Pinakothek in Munich today. Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): explore the engaging exhibits at Erika Fuchs Haus Museum fur Comic und Sprachkunst, contemplate the waterfront views at Untreusee, then stroll around Theresienstein Park, and finally make a splash at HofBad. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoologischer Garten Hof, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanischer Garten Hof, then examine the collection at Deutsch-Deutsches Museum, then test the waters at Therme Bad Steben, and finally try to win big at Spielbank Bad Steben.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Hof trip itinerary website.

Getting from Kulmbach to Hof by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 10°C. On the 1st (Sat), you'll travel to Wunsiedel.
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Wunsiedel — 2 nights

Wunsiedel is the seat of the Upper Franconian district of Wunsiedel in northeast Bavaria, Germany. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): examine the collection at Porzellanikon - Bavarian State Museum for Porcelain, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Falknerei Greifvogelpark, then see the interesting displays at Fichtelgebirgsmuseum, and finally explore the striking landscape at Felsenlabyrinth Luisenburg. On the next day, play a few rounds at Golfanlage Fahrenbach, get to know the resident critters at Wildpark Waldhaus Mehlmeisel, then examine the collection at Automobilmuseum Fichtelberg, then test the waters at Siebenquell Therme, and finally get some fabulous bargains at Rosenthal Outlet Center.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Wunsiedel trip planning tool.

You can drive from Hof to Wunsiedel in an hour. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll travel to Bayreuth.
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Bayreuth — 2 nights

One of Germany’s most prolific centers for the arts, Bayreuth today offers a rich mixture of history, both physical and cultural.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): steep yourself in history at Richard Wagner Museum, see the interesting displays at Historisches Museum, steep yourself in history at New Castle, sample the tasty concoctions at Maisel's Bier-Erlebnis-Welt, then get behind the scenes at Bayreuther Katakomben, and finally browse the different shops at Rotmain Center. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Hermitage Castle (Altes Schloss Ermitage), examine the collection at Deutsches Freimaurermuseum e.V., admire the natural beauty at Okologisch-Botanischer Garten, then make a trip to Schloss Fantaisie, then see the interesting displays at Gartenkunst-Museum Schloss Fantaisie, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Therme Obernsees.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bayreuth online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Wunsiedel to Bayreuth by car takes about an hour. You'll set off for Pottenstein on the 5th (Wed).
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Pottenstein — 5 nights

Pottenstein is a town in the district of Bayreuth, in Bavaria, Germany. Family-friendly places like Kletterwald Pottenstein and Aussichtsturm Himmelsleiter will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Schloss Greifenstein (in Heiligenstadt) and Schloss Unteraufsess (in Aufsess). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Fraenkische Schweiz-Museum, enjoy some diversion at Familienschwimmbad Streitberg, find something for the whole family at Sommerrodelbahnen Pottenstein, and Head underground at Teufelshoehle Pottenstein.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Pottenstein tour planner.

Pottenstein is just a short distance from Bayreuth. October in Pottenstein sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C at night. On the 10th (Mon), you'll travel to Forchheim.
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Forchheim — 2 nights

Forchheim is a town in Upper Franconia (Oberfranken) in northern Bavaria, and also the seat of the administrative district of Forchheim. Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildpark Hundshaupten, have fun at Konigsbad Forchheim, and then experience rural life at Landwirtschaft Erleben. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Erlebnispark Schloss Thurn.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Forchheim trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Pottenstein to Forchheim takes an hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. You will leave for home on the 12th (Wed).
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Upper Franconia travel guide

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Thanks to its multitude of world-class breweries, Upper Franconia is a global leader in beer production and variety. This renowned "beer country" has the highest concentration of breweries of any region in the world. More than 200 notable producers turn out nearly 1,000 different types of beer. Several popular tours operate along the special Franconian beer route, which winds its way across the region and stops at most of its finest breweries. Along the way, you can taste Franconia's famous smoked beers, lagers, and festival beers created for special occasions and local holidays. You can continue to experience Franconian beer culture at many pubs, cellars, and church festivals. Yet this area is more than just a beer lover's paradise. You'll encounter a wealth of other attractions, including fruit farms, renowned chocolate factories, and an array of small restaurants. Be sure to try Franconian bratwursts and the wide range of baked goods.
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