Middle Franconia (Mittelfranken)
Middle Franconia (German: Mittelfranken) is one of the three administrative regions of Franconia in Bavaria, Germany. It is in the west of Bavaria and adjoins the state of Baden-Württemberg. The administrative seat is Ansbach but the most populated city is Nuremberg.

The area, previously composed of independent principalities within the Holy Roman Empire, became a district of the kingdom of Bavaria in Napoleonic times at the start of the 19th century. It gained its current name in 1838.

Located in the heart of Germany and all of Europe, Franconia rose to become the early center of the Holy Roman Empire of German Nations. Franconia is still situated in the geographical center of Europe, North ot the Danube River and with the Main River flowing right through it.

Natural beauty and variety are two of the hallmarks of the region: The scenery alternates from facinating natural landscapes to attractive vacation spots.

Landkreise
Ansbach  Erlangen-Höchstadt  Fürth
Neustadt (Aisch)-Bad Windsheim  Nürnberger Land
Roth  Weißenburg-Gunzenhausen

Kreisfreie Städte

Ansbach (the administrative headquarters of Middle Franconia)
Erlangen  Fürth  Nuremberg (Nürnberg)  Schwabach

Ansbach, or Anspach, originally Onolzbach, is a town in Bavaria, Germany. It is the capital of the administrative region of Middle Franconia. Ansbach is situated 25 miles (40 km) southwest of Nuremberg and 90 miles (140 km) north of Munich, on the Fränkische Rezat, a tributary of the Main river. Population: 40,723 (2004).

During World War II, a subcamp of Flossenburg concentration camp was located here.[2] Also during the Second World War the Luftwaffe and Wehrmacht had bases here. The nearby airbase was the home station for the Stab & I/KG53 (Staff & 1st Group of Kampfgeschwader 53) operating 38 Heinkel He 111 bombers. On 1 September 1939 this unit was one of the many that participated in the attack on Poland that started the war. During the Western Allied invasion of Germany in April 1945, the airfield was seized by the United States Third Army.,

Fürth is located in northern Bavaria, Germany in the administrative region (Regierungsbezirk) of Middle Franconia. It is now contiguous with the larger city of Nuremberg, the centres of the two cities being only 7 km apart.

Fürth, Nuremberg and Erlangen, together with some smaller towns, form the "Middle Franconian Conurbation", which is one of 23 "major centres" in Bavaria and one of the 11 German metropolitan regions. Fürth celebrated its thousandth anniversary in 2007, its first mention being on 1 November 1007.

Fürth survived the Second World War with less damage than most German cities, and many historic buildings remain. Fürth has a very high density of historic buildings and monuments per head of population (17 per 1000 inhabitants).

The city centre is typified by the streets with intact architecture from the 19th and early 20th centuries. In the old town, around the Church of St. Michael, there are ensembles of buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries. Of particular note is the Hornschuch Promenade with Gründerzeit and Jugendstil apartment houses. The Südstadt, the southern part of the town, also has many historic buildings, but these tend to be former workers' tenements, so the house fronts are less grand.

The Rathaus, built in the Italian style by Friedrich Bürklein between 1840 and 1850, is modelled on the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.

Bad Berneck is a spa town in the district of Bayreuth, in Bavaria, Germany. It is situated on the White Main river, in the Fichtelgebirge mountains, 13 km northeast of Bayreuth. Its official title is Bad Berneck im Fichtelgebirge. It lies in the northern part of the Bavarian province of Upper Franconia. Since 1857 it has been a spa, initially based on its climate and whey products. In 1930 it became a Kneipp spa and, in 1950, a Kneipp health spa.

On 1 October 1929 the district of Berneck was dissolved. In the 1930s, Adolf Hitler spent the night in the then fashionable Bube Hotel on several occasions during the festival in Bayreuth. In 1930, Kneipp cures were introduced and its recognition as a spa came in 1950. However since the 1970s, its role as a spa has tailed off considerably.

"This part of Bavaria is an area that should be on your list of places to visit.  There are several cities and town that are wonderful to visit.  Part of the "Romantic Road" runs through middle Franconia and there a several towns that are a must to see.  We have enjoyed being in Dinkelsbühl both in the summer and in at Christmas time for their market.  Then there is Rothenburg ob der Tauber...the oldest medieval city in Germany.  You can believe me that you will take hundreds of photos as there is something around every corner as you walk the town. It has been a pleasure to be in this town in every time of the year...including their great Christmas market.  If you are spending the advent season in Germany then you must plan to attend the Christmas Market in Nuremberg.  It is always a highlight of any trip during the holiday season. 

I have prepared a pages for each of these towns and prepared a slideshow for your enjoyment of my travels to these towns during the past years."

The following are several cities and towns that deserve a separate page:  CLICK TO VIEW
Dinkelsbühl
Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Nuremberg