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Franconia, Franken, is the northern part of Bavaria. Primarily popular among German tourists, the area contains much to see and do. For instance, this area has perhaps the highest concentration of Breweries in Germany (the country with largest number of breweries in the world).
I discovered the charms of this area quite by accident during my 1986 trip to Germany. I visited Nürnberg specifically to see the Deutsches Museum. After leaving Nürnberg, I headed north to Bayreuth. and spent a day exploring the Fränkisches Schweiz.