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Palaces, parks and plenty of sunshine: Aschaffenburg

Group in a skiff on the Main River in front of Johannisburg Castle ©DZT (Francesco Carovillano)

Aschaffenburg – also known as the Bavarian Nice for its mild, sunny climate – is the gateway to the Spessart hills. It is a town that combines tradition and modernity, shopping and culture, a buzzing atmosphere and architectural splendour.

You'll be struck by Aschaffenburg's charming ambiance wherever you go, while its many fountains add a touch of flamboyance and fun. Its rustic bars and wealth of culture offer visitors a variety of things to do. The best place to explore the sunny side of Aschaffenburg is in its historical centre with possibly the most beautiful Classicist theatre in southern Germany, the Stadtloggia building, the water features and the massive sun dial. Johannisburg Palace, the magnificent Renaissance masterpiece built in 1614, towers over the Old Town. It houses the Bavarian State Painting Collections featuring the most important Lucas Cranach collection in Europe as well as the Palace Museum with artworks and historical artifacts spanning six centuries of history.

From high-calibre theatre performances and exhibitions in the Jesuit Church Art Gallery to acclaimed comedy at the Hofgarten, the town offers plenty of first-class entertainment. Need a little relaxation? Schönbusch Palace is nestled in vast, beautiful English-style landscape gardens with secluded spots, small lakes, bridges and canals. And if, after an intake of so much culture, you fancy a spot of retail therapy, Aschaffenburg is the place to be. With more than 700 stores, it attracts shoppers from across the region. You'll find anything and everything here.

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