15 Best Things to Do in Würzberg

Würzberg, Germany
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Located in Bavaria, Wurzburg is a historic and brilliantly lavish, quintessential European city in the center of Germany's wine capital Franconia.  

Known worldwide for its posh beauty and rococo and baroque architecture, Wurzburg is also the 'Churchland of Germany.'

This city is all things classic, blessed with the most generous chunks of royal & ancient history.

Beginning from endless romanesque cathedrals to gothic chapels, mouth-watering hotdogs, other German cuisines to palaces and residences like the heritage Wurzburg Residenz, holy shrines on hilltops to gold folded art galleries and captivating regal gardens, Wurzburg is here for a win.

It rests on the divine Main River, and the bridges add to the scenic charm.

Being situated within the land of fine wine also has its perks.

The mountainside vineyards and rich wineries make you cherish that.

Architecture ornate with shrines, statues, fountains on every turn and castles history coming alive, sure beckons to be seen.

A Royal Beginning With a Trip to the Würzburg Residenz

Wurzberg Residenz
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Undoubtedly the top location in Wurzburg, the Residenz is a palatial architectural masterpiece located at the Residenzplatz.

Germany proudly celebrates it as one of the earliest baroque buildings made in the 18th century for Princes and Bishops.

This UNESCO heritage site was built between 1720 and 1744.

One of the most noteworthy features is the world's most enormous Fresco ceiling built by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo in the royal staircase hall here.

During the World Wars, this monument was heavily affected, which took around 40 years to rebuild, and now it is a living example of severe German history!

There is even a memorial room with war exhibits.

At present, around 40 rooms are on display for tourists.

There is a royal Hall of Mirrors, an exquisite white hall built in a rococo stucco pattern and endless memorabilia to surf into.

There are shops around the area, and guided tours of the standard rooms are readily available.

However, one can always take self tours with the help of guidebooks.

Walk through the zigzagging staircase of the Treppenhaus and soak in the royalty here.

Climb Up the Surreal Marienberg Fortress

Marienberg fortress
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Created around the 8th century, the Festung Marienberg or Marienberg fortress is a mystic fort located above the banks of the mighty Main River.

This fort served as a seat for more than five centuries to the Bishops and Princes from the 13th century until the Residenz was created.

This hilly area was once home to the Bronze Age Hill Fort.

Once you climb up the fort, make sure to visit the Bibra Apartment, which holds primary attention here for its tapestry works, furniture collection, and more.

The antique garden and the views of the city from it are also joys to behold.

This building passed through the renaissance and baroque architectural waves to its marvellous present form.

The Marienkirche church here is one of the oldest round churches in Germany.

Do not forget to stroll through the dungeons and travel back in time with the golden open hallways of the fort.

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Walk Up to the Golden Chapel of Hofkirche

Interior of the Church of Hofkirche
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Located around the Residenz, the church of Hofkirche is a different world in itself.

The Sacral Baroque architecture shows this place as a supreme example of the heritage style.

Placed at both the storeys, the curved walls and oval vaults make this chapel look nothing short of magic.

There are gilt work patterns embedded into the walls, seats, and practically everywhere you look at.

The rococo stucco style is mingled into this architectural bliss too.

The palettes of the hall are white, covered with intricate gold motifs, bars, and designs.

Hofkirche represents fine marble work, too; the ceilings and pillars are completely made of it.

The six noteworthy statues, too, were made from Genoa marble.

Many of the works, including the altar, are performed by Antonio Bossi.

Walk Around the Arresting Views of the Bustling Alte Mainbrücke

Alte Mainbrucke
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An architectural Landmark in Wurzburg, the Alte Mainbrucke is a charming favorite of tourists in the city.

Unlike the usual monumental landmark spots, this area is built around the Main River and is frequented by bustling and enthusiastic crowds of tourists and locals day and night.

This pedestrian bridge houses twelve gilded statues of emperors, bishops, princes, and saints.

On the left bank are the fisherman's quarters, which can be visited too.

Alte Mainbrucke
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The bridge beautifully joins the old town to the new Wurzburg.

However, at present, the primary job of this bridge is socializing.

In summers, people come and talk to passing strangers holding a tall glass of Franconian red wine.

It also offers unparalleled skyline views of the city.

Treat Yourself to Compelling Flavors of the Town at the Market Square

Market Square
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German markets are already adored by European as well as world globe trotters.

The Market Square beside the Marienkapelle church is a typically German, top-notch shopping area.

The best way to mingle with Wurzburg's roots is to visit the Market Square and shop local groceries, ethnic souvenirs, and memorabilia like a local on a busy evening.

This marketplace, however, looks more like a populated empire than a bazaar with the old Germanic architecture and crimson walls.

Once you reach, start shopping to your heart's content from sausages to flowers, books to clothing, cheese, or bakeries.

Market Square
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Let the Crimson Magic of Marienkapelle Church Amaze You

Marienkapelle Church
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Bring your lenses with you, for you cannot afford to miss capturing this next location.

Situated just adjacent to the Market Square, the Marienkapelle Church is a 14th-century church.

This shrine is built in the quintessential late gothic form of architecture.

However, the coloring of this church is not conventionally gothic.

It is built in a crimson red pallet with a white base, owing to its main attraction and attention.

There are tinted glass windows, pointed blood-red fort peaks, and a huge hallway to amaze the visitors.

Tilman Riemenschneider contributed to most of the place's gothic art beauty.

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The Vivid Beauty of Blooming Flowers at Fürstengarten Marienberg Garden

Fürstengarten Marienberg Garden
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Nature lovers will find their perfect palace in the biggest division of the fortress, a separate garden with fabulous valor.

This formal garden was created long back in the 17th century by Prince Bishop Johann Philipp von Schönborn.

This cozy little garden is one of its kind, with flower beds arranged amazingly neatly.

The Fürstengarten is located at the fortress complex's eastern flank area above the ground level at an elevated location which provides spectacular views of the city in an angular panoramic manner.

Fürstengarten Marienberg Garden
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Introduce Yourself to True German Art Through the Martin Von Wagner Museum

Antique sculpture at Martin Von Wagner Museum
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If traveling miles to see monuments tires you out, you are in for a treat.

The close-knit nature of these glorious locations helps you see so many things in such little time.

The Martin Von Wagner Museum is located just to the right of the Residenz.

This structure was built in 1832 and proudly houses the art collections of the Wurzburg University, one of the largest university art collections in entire Europe.

There are noteworthy antiquities, including exhibits from 2400 years ago!

These mostly belong to Ancient Greece, Egypt, and imperial Rome.

The largest collection of ancient vases are here too.

Ancient vase in Martin Von Wagner Museum
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Lose Yourself in the Charm of the Mighty Main River and Its Mystic Tales

Main River in Wurzburg
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The ancient and turbulent Main River is considered to be the pride of Wurzburg.

Running in a flow below the old bridge of Alte Maincrucke, this is a broad river filled with activities to fulfill your day.

However, different people come here with different interests.

Come to the Old Bridge, and start chatting with a trusted local to know about the mysteries of the river.

You can sit by the bank and have a pretty picnic with your family, too.

Take a Soothing Drive Through the Romantische Strasse or the Romantic Road

Taking a drive through the Romantische Strasse is one of the most refreshing things to do in Wurzburg.

It is a fine combination of travel lovers and history and castle lovers.

The Romantic Road is a road connecting Wurzburg to the countryside and places like Frankfurt.

The city offers ample modes of transportation, and in a few euros, you can take a bus trip with your loved ones and other tourists guiding you through the gorgeous road with teal valleys as well as mighty forts, lakes, and palaces.

It is a 220-mile road with fresh locations every 20 minutes.

A Trip to the Heritage Veitshöchheim Palace

Palace garden in Schloss Veitshochheim
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Schloss Veitshochheim or the Veit Palace is another glory of Wurzburg laid out in the early 18th century.

It is located minutely northwest of the central city and used to be a summer home for all royalty and Bavarian Kings.

The Duke of Tuscany used the private apartments here.

It is presently cherished for the signature stucco style of architecture with bright white and mustard hues.

The palace also rejoices in possessing stucco work by Antonio Bossi and sculptured created by Johann Peter Wagner!

The garden had arresting views with more than 300 sculptures, pavilions, arbors, and magical grottoes.

Scenic Views and Serene Drinks by the Weingut Juliusspital Vineyards

Barrels in Weingut Juliusspital
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It is almost customary to try the finest wine at the finest location when you are at the Franconian state of fine wine.

While at it, the most quirky and unique combination would be trying a wine collection from an old hospital!

Yes, Juliusspital used to be Julius Spital.

This ancient structure was built in the 1500s, and the ancient walls caress some of the oldest wines carefully.

Pack your bags with some for friends and some for a home for the collection is splendid here.

Beside is also a regal lunching area to enjoy the full flavors of royal travel and touring.

Weingut Juliusspital
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The Ultimate Würzburg Cathedral Tour

Wurzburg Cathedral
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In the land of churches and shrines, no amount of cathedrals is enough!

The broad and beautiful Wurzburg Cathedral withstands the test of time, shining brightly even today.

Much like other German sculptures, this place was heavily damaged in the world wars.

However, it still manages to protect mystic architecture and art by people like Tilman Riemenschneider or Balthazar Neumann.

With a length of more than 100 meters, it proudly stands as the fourth-longest Romanesque church in Germany.

It is noted for this size.

The architecture is a mixture of romanesque and gothic with vibrant colors on the tall forts.

Interior of Wurzburg Cathedral
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Views From the Holy Hillside Shrine of Kapuzinerkloster Nikolausberg

Käppele
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Known as the Käppele, this pilgrimage church or shrine is an adventure!

The structure is located at the top of a hill and has a rebellious architecture with bud domes instead of sharp-peaked forts!

The view is magical, and the entire construction took a handful of 30 years to create and assemble!

The route to reach something so precious is obviously not a bland one.

You have to hike your way to the hilltop, and once you do, the view makes everything worth it.

Wurzburg boasts the architecture by J.P.Wagner once more.

The insides are marbled white with gold.

Interior of Kappele
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Surround Yourself in the Sweet-smelling Green Paradise of the Botanical Gardens at the Würzburg University

Japanesse garden at Wurzberg university
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A unique way to conclude the trip would be to take a break from sculptures and dive into the lap of the natural beauty in Wurzburg.

The Wurzburg University houses this garden built in the 17th century, initially as a medical garden.

At present, a tourist can see up to as many as 10,000 species of plants at the Botanischer!

These include exotic varieties from Asia and middle-east as well as regional favorites and valuables.

Collections from Japan grab special interest, which was attributed to naturalist Phillip Siebold.

There are multiple greenhouses, a herbarium, and alpine houses.