Windfarm near Thiersheim in Northern Bavaria
A long series of ladders and stairs are leading to the summit rocks of the Grand Haberstein in the Fi...
View from the tower at the summit of the Great Kornberg, the northernmost summit of the Fichtelgebirg...
Inside a cornfield near Vordorfermuehle - Northern Bavaria
My doggy watching the christmas goose broiling in the baking oven
On Top of the Koesseine Mountain in the Fichtelgebirge in Nortern Bavaria is a nice lookout-tower. Ne...
Sunset in a granite-maze near Kirchenlamitz in northern Bavaria
Canola plants soaking up the evening sun in Fichtelgebirge - Bavaria
Castle ruin on top of Epprechtstein, a lower mountain in Fichtelgebirge near Kirchenlamitz
Franconia (German: Franken) is a region of Germany comprising the northern parts of the modern state of Bavaria, a small part of southern Thuringia, and a region in northeastern Baden-Württemberg called Heilbronn-Franken. The Bavarian part is made up of the administrative regions of Lower Franconia (Unterfranken), Middle Franconia (Mittelfranken), and Upper Franconia (Oberfranken).
Franconia (like France) is named after the Germanic tribe of the Franks. This tribe played a major role after the breakdown of the Roman Empire and colonised large parts of medieval Europe.
Modern day Franconia comprises only a very tiny and rather remote part of the settlement area of the ancient Franks. In German, Franken is used for both modern day Franconians and the historic Franks, which leads to some confusion. The historic Frankish Empire, Francia, is actually the common precursor of the Low Countries, France and Germany. In 843 the Treaty of Verdun led to the partition of Francia into West Francia (modern day France), Middle Francia (from the Low Countries along the Rhine valley to northern Italy) and East Francia (modern day Germany). Frankreich, the German word for "France", and Frankrijk, the Dutch word for "France"; literally mean "the Frankish Empire".