Ready to head to Würzburg, Germany? Today I am sharing the final installment of my “6 Hours In…” mini series on the blog. I am officially back in the states! Right before leaving London, I came down with a serious case of the flu. It was so brutal, I was bed ridden for days, missing out on my last week in Europe. In fact, I was sick for about two weeks total! And while I am FINALLY feeling better, I still have a lingering cough that just won’t go away! I hope all of you have had much better luck with the flu this season.
Würzburg is a German city, in the Franconia region of Bavaria, well known for their delicious wines. It’s located on the Main River and is full of baroque architecture. Würzburg is my favorite city among the “6 Hours In…” cities I’ve covered here on the blog! It reminds me of a less touristy Prague. The architecture is amazing and the city is so warm and welcoming.
DISTANCE FROM MUNICH
- 3 hour drive
- 2 hour train
Everything in the old city is close together, making it easy to see a lot in a short amount of time. For these “mini-guides”, I recommend having six hours to see everything listed. Of course, it’s up to you how long you spend at each spot. While most of these spots can be seen rather quickly, I recommend planning at least 2 hours for the first spot on this list, the Marienburg Fortress, and also about 2 hours at the Würzburg Residence. I’ve also listed the sites in the order in which I recommend you visit them, based on the city layout.
The Marienberg Fortress has been around for five centuries! Sitting high above the Main River and overlooking Würzburg, it’s the perfect spot to begin exploring. Originally used as the residence for prince bishops, it was destroyed during World War Two, and wasn’t rebuilt until the 1990’s. Today is it is home to two museums. It’s a long walk from the old city, with a steep incline and lots of stairs, but the views at the top are more than worth it! Looking down over the city, you’ll be rewarded with views of the Old Main Bridge and the many church spires that dot Würzburg’s sky line.
OLD MAIN BRIDGE
Crossing over the Main River is the Old Main Bridge. This pedestrian-only bridge is the oldest stone bridge in Würzburg. It’s was completed in the 1500’s and was decorated with twelve statues of saints in the 1700’s. Connecting the old city to the hill where Marienberg Fortress sits, it’s one of the most popular spots in the city. I can’t help but feel the Prague-vibes on this bridge!
The Würzburg Residence is a baroque style palace completed in 1744. Destroyed during World War Two, the Palace was restored and in the 1980’s it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The grounds are absolutely beautiful, even in the dead of winter. Fountains, statues, and views of the Marienberg Fortress add to the stunning grounds of the Residence. While the gardens are free, the inside is also available to tour and include a museum.
Wandering through Würzburg’s old city is the perfect way to end the day. There are so many beautiful buildings and colorful streets to explore. A few of my favorites include the churches of Marienkapelle Würzburg, the Würzburger Dom, and the Stift Haug. Pop into a bar for a glass of local wine or German beer before heading home.
Würzburg is a wonderful city for so many reasons. It’s less touristy than some of Bavaria’s other popular cities, such as Nuremberg. It’s packed full of baroque architecture, and is home to some of Germany’s best wines. Even in the middle of winter, it was a great spot to spend the day. I’m sure in the summer months, the wine tastes even better on a warm night!
What’s your favorite city out of the “6 Hours In…” series?