Lower Franconia (Unterfranken)
Franconia (German: Unterfranken) is one of the three administrative
regions of Franconia in Bavaria (seven regions), Germany (22 regions
in five Federal States, 11 Federal States are not subdivided into
Lower Franconia is located in the northwest of Bavaria and is the
most northern of the seven Bavarian administrative districts, yet
its located right in the heart of Germany. It borders on the
Bavarian administrative districts Middle Franconia and Upper
Franconia and it also borders on these German Federal States: in the
northwest on Hesse, in the northeast on Thuringia and in the
southwest on Baden-Württemberg.
Wine growing is an over 1200 years old documented tradition of Lower
Franconia. The Franconian wine (Frankenwein) is considered as one of
the top-quality wines of Germany and is an absolute top-quality
product in Europe. The three largest and the two oldest wine-growing
estates of Germany are located in Lower Franconia. Its also famous
for its medical health spas (Heilbäder), three of the five Bavarian
"Staatsbäder" (medical spas) are located in Lower Franconia. The
largest river in Lower Franconia is the Main, its the back bone and
life-line of this region.
The district was formed in 1817 under the name of Untermainkreis
(Lower Main District) and renamed in 1837 as Unterfranken und
Aschaffenburg (Lower Franconia and Aschaffenburg). In 1933 the
regional Nazi Gauleiter Otto Hellmuth insisted on renaming the
district Mainfranken, but after 1945 the name Unterfranken was
Unterfranken is the north-west part of Franconia and consists of
three district-free cities ("Kreisfreie Städte") and nine country
The major portion of the Franconian wine region is situated in Lower
Some of the major cities and towns:
Bad Kissingen Haßberge
Kitzingen Main-Spessart Miltenberg
Rhön-Grabfeld Schweinfurt Würzburg
"In our travels we stayed in the town of Ochsenfurt and while
attending a wine festival became very good friends with a couple
from Eibstadt. We continued to visit with our friends for many
years. Eibstadt is the heart of the wine country and
Ochsenfurt is located on the Main River.
has be subject to floods as have many towns and cities along the
Main River. We completely enjoyed our times in this area.
Eibstadt is a short distance from Würzburg and much time was spent
here. I had visited this town way back in 1961 and several
times after. The slide show on this page shows some of sights in
around the area.
You can also view a separate video of Würzburg by clicking here. "