The famous German-born poet and novelist Herman Hesse once wrote: “If I could choose my place of birth I would consider Würzburg”. Beautiful sights, valuable historic buildings, wine fairs make it easy to understand why. Würzburg served as the home of the prince-bishops since 10th century. It’s hard to grasp the town’s historical value, some of its buildings are UNESCO cultural world heritage. After the severe bombing during the World War II many historical buildings were damaged. The most important sights were thoroughly rebuilt and restored.
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First place you should visit in Würzburg is imposing Festung Marienberg, a prominent fortress on the left bank of the Main River. Symbol of Würzburg, it was built in 1201 and used to serve as a fortress of Würzburg’s prince-bishops. Climb the walls of Fortress Marienberg and you will enjoy an unforgettable view. Cross the famous Old Bridge “Alte Mainbrücke”, built between 1473 and 1543 and get to the historic city center where you can find many important sights of Würzburg.
Other attractions include;
- Würzburg Residence is one of the finest and the most important Palaces in Europe and is well-known for its astonishing Baroque Staircase. It was built between 1720 and 1744 and served as a residence of Würzburg’s prince-bishops until the early eighteenth century. Don’t miss Tiepolo’s Fresco above the Staircase which is considered to be the largest throughout the world.
- Hofgarten or Würzburg Residence gardens are located behind the Residence. These beautiful gardens made in French and English style are a nice place to relax. If you like classical music, visit Hofgarten in June, when the annual Mozart Festival takes place.
- Dom St. Kilian is one of the largest Romanesque churches in Germany. Würzburg’s main cathedral holds impressive works of art, such as tombs and epitaphs of bishops, Schönborn Chapel and seven-armed candelabra.
- Alter Kranen is a crane built in 18th century to help transportation from the river Main to the land. The crane remains in its original state as it wasn’t destroyed during the World War II.
Würzburg is the capital of the Franconian wine region. Buy yourself a bottle of wine at one of the numerous wine festivals in almost every winegrowing village or visit Würzburger Weinfest, one of the biggest wine fairs throughout the country. Another noteworthy event is Würzburg’s Africa Festival, the biggest festival for African music and culture. Every year thousands of people from all over the world come to Würzburg to find out more about cultural wealth of Africa.
Home to the oldest churches in Germany, Würzburg is a beautiful, historic and cultural city that is definitely worth visiting. Booked.net will help you organize your trip with maximum comfort at the best hotels of Würzburg. Book directly and save money on cheap hotels at Booked.net.