Highlights of 2018

If there is one thing that is for certain, in Franconia is always a reason to celebrate.

FRANCONIA’S CITIES will prove again in 2018, that there are ample occasions for celebrations: from the reopening of a renovated Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth, to Fürth’s city anniversary, to the Samba Fest in Coburg, and the Kulmbach Beer Week. Furthermore, there are all the regular festivals, concert series, Kirchweih Fests, and Christmas markets that are part of life in Franconia. In 2018, Würzburg is going to host the State Garden Show and therefore will be transformed into a place where ideas are growing...

State Garden Show in Würzburg


The State Garden Show in Würzburg will invite visitors from April 12 to October 7, 2018 to explore “green” themes for the future in a playful way.

The theme will be “95 Hectares of the Future.” Just 2 km from downtown, at the Würzburg Hubland, the state garden show grounds will feature rare plants and new ideas. Looking at the future, the show will highlight topics such as balancing work, personal lives, research, and leisure activities, how to expand and
grow without further destruction of nature, and how to grow cities in an ecologic manner. The garden show will therefore be much more than a classic display of plants and art, it will be a place where ideas are growing.

There will be theme gardens, novelties from the worlds of nature and natural art, urban gardening and mobility, plus play and discovery areas for kids. But the garden show will also take visitors on a trip through the history of the Würzburg Hubland. Over the years, the area was used for growing potatoes, as a gallows hill, a takeoff runway of flight pioneers, and as a hub for US forces.

200 Years of Independence: Fürth


In 1818, the King of Bavaria elevated the status of Fürth to that of a “First-Class City,” giving its citizens the right to manage their own affairs. They were now able to elect their own municipal leadership and chart their own course.

Highlights of the anniversary year include a week-long, downtown sporting event in June 2018, the reenactment of everyday life of the past 200 years in the town of Fürth that takes place in cozy courtyards of the old town on July 21 and 22, 2018, as well as the artistic illumination of many city buildings on November 10, 2018.

Bayreuth: Melodious Reopening


The Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth combines many superlatives: it is one of Europe’s greatest Baroque theaters, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of Franconia’s greatest cultural treasures.

In the past few years, the magnificence of the building’s interior could only be experienced in a limited way. The building was in dire need of comprehensive renovation efforts. Those measures are scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2018. The grand reopening festivities for this glorious piece of architecture will be celebrated in style – and with music. The music-loving Margrave Wilhelmine, who once commissioned the construction of the opera house, would be delighted to experience it.