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The medieval town of Herzogenaurach is best known for being home to the sportswear giants of Adidas and Puma, and is therefore regarded as just an industrial impetus with little to offer in terms of tourism. These assumptions could not be more incorrect, as Herzogenaurach offers a thriving cultural scene and an intriguing town centre saturated with hundreds of historical monuments. A rich gastronomical scene tops off the cultural banquet that brims from this tantalising town.
Timbered gables, wood vaulted facades and soaring spires are ubiquitous in Herzogenaurach’s outstanding Old Town. One of the medieval myriad’s most prominent buildings is the Towers Storm, an authoritative watchtower that helped defend this prosperous place in ancient times. Four talismanic turrets are topped with terracotta hats, above which a tower lantern gazes solemnly over the town.
The Old Town Hall is similarly majestic in its traditional style with its terracotta timbered exterior and interior treats. Within, intricate stained glass windows depict religious scenes and ancient murals speak of bygone days.
Inside the vaulted walls of the Stadtmuseum Herzogenaurach, the town’s colourful history and local legends are brought to life in a series of excellent exhibitions. Artefacts, artworks and photographs straddle a thousand year history in which many turbulent events have occurred; the industrial, agricultural and historical heritage of Herzogenaurach is covered in great detail.
The modern and magnificent Stuberl Restaurant is an exquisite eatery in which the regional culinary heritage of Herzogenaurach is revered and respected. An intimate ambience invites diners to enjoy the innovative dishes on the restaurant’s refined menu; ranking high in the flavour and flair stakes are the spiced duck breast and sweet and sour pumpkin. (Beethovenstr. 6 91074 Herzogenaurach, Germany)