The historic townscape as well as the the gentle landscape of the low mountain range in the Frankenhöhe Nature Reserve offer the visitor many opportunities to relax and discover. Defined by the landscape from the Frankenhöhe (Franconian Heights) Nature Reserve and Hesselberg, and historically characterised by the former free Imperial Towns and Margrave rulers, Romantic Franconia is a wonderful region with many highlights. The historic towns impress with their beautiful buildings, castles, churches, museums and many important events.
Impressive half-timbered houses, enclosed town walls, winding streets, gates and towers in the former “freie Reichsstätte” (free Imperial Towns) cause the visitor to stand and marvel. Feuchtwangen especially is pure romanticism.
The magnificent panoramic view from the Hesselberg, meadow orchards, pond landscapes, forests and sheep grazing characterise the image of the region.The signposted hiking trails in the Frankenhöhe Nature Reserve lead the visitor through forests, dry grasslands and meadows. The gently sloping landscape offers continuously changing views and is easy to negotiate. The European Watershed Trail is a magnificent, 98 km long premium hiking trail from Ansbach to Schnelldorf.
Regional products on the rise: Franconian cuisine offers culinary delights
Several gourmet weeks and a very comprehensive culinary calendar confirm that a good meal is a living tradition in Franconia. Throughout the year chefs de cuisines conjure up delicious variations of fresh, high-quality products from the region. In the cooler months it’s carp season. The ponds will be fished out and carp will be offered on the menu in many forms – blue (cooked), baked or as a filet.
The idyllic small town Feuchtwangen has been a household name to theatre lovers since 1949. They travel from near and far to the Romantic Road and the Kreuzgangspiele in the former cloister garden in order to watch productions of classics of world literature in the open air. With the Franconian Museum, one of the finest museums of folk art in southern Germany, as well as the unique Sängermuseum, documentation and research centre for German choir music, Feuchtwagen is the site of two permanent exhibitions which are extremely worth seeing.
The "Regionaltheke" fresh milk is exclusivly supplied by dairy farmers from Frankonia and "Hohenlohe Frankonia" located around the creamery "Schrozberg" and is traditionally processed without genetical modifications.
Due to the traditional production method with only a sliqht heating up to 72 up to 75 the pure taste of the milk is been preserved.
The "Regionaltheke" fresh milk is a regionally processed quality product of highest grade. It supports significantly the sustainabllity of local agriculture in Frankonia and enhances local and regional trade cycles. The packing uses embossed printing for Not-seeing buyers. The traditional manufacturing facility is located in "Hohenlohe Franken" and emphasises the high quality and careful and innovative selection of their products portfolio. With them, the "Reqionaltheke" has a experience partner for dairy products.
Besides the fresh milk, the initiative for promotion of regional products offeres a wide range of different high quality products from different segments.
More infos: www.regionaltheke.info
Support the Day of the Regions - slideshow and discussion
Ursula E. Duchrow-Buhr, Holunderkontor Sachsen-Anhalt
Peter Broekema, Stichting Dag van de Regio, Groningen
Derek Hextall, Day of the Region, Dumfries & Galloway LEADER Programme
Rainer Wölfel, Naturschutzzentrum Wengleinpark, Nürnberger Land
Moderation: Wolfgang Grebenhof, Journalist
See also press report:
Fränkische Landeszeitung vom 13. Oktober 2013
The Fränkisches Freilandmuseum is a museum of tadional building and cultural heritage. On an area of around 50 hectares it documents the history of Franconian rural communities - how they lived, their crafts, and how they built their homes. Although one of the youngest museums of its kind in Germany - we only started assembling our first buildings in 1979.
Since many years one of the main events of Day of the Regions in Bavaria takes place there.
In 2013 organizers of the Day of the Regions in Germany 2012 were honoured.
The Fränkisches Freilandmuseum now sports over one hundred buildings spanning seven centuries. The museum is run by the Municipality of Mittelfranken (Central Franconia), but it represents building styles from all of Franconia. This is reflected in the three regional groupings of the museum: to the west is the village of houses from western Central Franconia and Lower Franconia (Group West: Mainfranken, Frankenhöhe), to the east are buildings from the area around Nuremberg and Upper Franconia (Group fast: Regnitzfranken, Frankenalb), and to the south is the Group South: Altmühlfranken. Finally, there are the three separate groupings: Middle Ages, Industrial Heritage and Town. The fields and meadows separating these groups and 'villages' are being managed in traditional ways.
The cooperative biogas station is a joint enterprice consisting of five farmers.
The cooperative was found in summer 2009 and the in Juli 2010 the biogas station was build and feeding electricty into the grid.
The plant produces around 4.6 million KW of electricity per year. The heat of the biogas generator is used for heating up the digester tanks and also for a heat supply of the nearby neighbourhood private homes in the villiage. The pipelines for the heat network were built by another cooperative enterprise. It is a cooperative of all private homes that have been connected to heat-network of the biogas station. This district heating systems supplys the heat for almost the complete village.
For out the 5 farmers are dairy farmers and deliver on a daily basis 22cbm of cow slurry and 3 ton of solid manure to the plant. This amounts to around 50% of the daily feeding volume. The remaining 50 % consist of maize, gras, and GPS (Whole Plant Silage) purched by the farmers on the free market.
The cooperative had a very positive effect on the cooperation and exchange between the farmers and the district heating networked let also the other home owners participate and take advantage of a biogas plant in their village.