Mainfranken. Culture and Art. All inclusive.
The special location – the climate and the soils – brought wealth to the region. As a result, Mainfranken has always attracted famous people and became a breeding ground for great minds. Take for example Balthasar Neumann: In 1720, he built the magnificent Residenz Castle in Würzburg for Prince Bishop Franz von Schönborn. Today, the Residenz is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a major tourist attraction. Or take Tilman Riemenschneider, one of the world’s best renaissance sculptors who lived and worked here.
Mainfranken has always been open to the world: In 1000 BC the Celts settled in the area. Then came the Romans. Later during the 30-Year War, Finnish mercenaries serving in the Swedish military found a home in the region. Mainfranken is and always has been at the crossroads of trade and pilgrimage routes.
The winning concept is simple: Variety. Add to that a culturally open-minded population and you get outstanding performances and events. For example, the Africa Festival is the largest celebration of African music and culture outside that continent. It takes place every year in Würzburg and always attracts record crowds. The museums in Mainfranken are another outstanding cultural feature of the area. The Museum Georg Schäfer in Schweinfurt has one of the best private art collections on the planet. The Mainfränkisches Museum is home to the largest selection of works by Tilman Riemenschneider in the world. The most important question is: Where do I go first?