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Würzburg: City of 100 Churches and 2 Castles

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An October 2007 trip to Wurzburg by Koentje3000

Old Town Hall Photo, Wurzburg, Germany More Photos
Quote: Located halfway between Frankfurt and Nuremburg lies this beautiful city on the Main river, full of churches, a medieval bridge and two wonderful castles

Würzburg: City of 100 Churches and 2 Castles

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Overview

Old Town Hall Photo, Wurzburg, Germany
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Located in an area chockfull of Germany's well-visited cities, like Frankfurt, Nürnberg, Heidelberg (all around 120km away) and the beautiful over-touristy village of Rothenburg (only 70km), it may come as a surprise that the beautiful city of Würzburg is largely overlooked by the big tourist groups. Most people who come here do this as the city is the starting point of the Romantic Road, leading all the way to Füssen and Neuschwanstein. But the city defintely offers more than this and a visit of at least a couple of hours is justified by its large number of remarkable buildings.Würzburg ...Read More

Wurzburg Residence (Wurzburg Residenz)

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Attraction | "Würzburg Residence Part I"

Wurzburg Residence (Wurzburg Residenz) Photo, Wurzburg, Germany
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One of the major attractions in the town is definitely the Residence (Würzburger Residenz). It is inscribed on the Unesco World Heritage list as the most homogeneous and extraordinary baroque palace in the whole world. Wow, I wouldn't dare to argument against such a statement. Würzburg has been a Roman Catholic theocracy since the early Middle Ages, with both religious and secular power established in one person, namely the Prince-Bishop of Würzburg. Little wonder that his power was also reflected in his wealth. The Bishops resided at the hilltop Fortress Marienberg, still another highlight of town, until Johann Von Schönborn decided to con...Read More

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Wurzburg Residence (Wurzburg Residenz)
Residenzplatz 2
Wurzburg, Germany

Wurzburg Residence (Wurzburg Residenz)

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Attraction | "Würzburg Residence Part II"

Wurzburg Residence (Wurzburg Residenz) Photo, Wurzburg, Germany
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(continued from part I)From the foyer, just behind the entrance gates, an immense staircase leads to the upper floor. The staircase itself is definitely a highlight of the palace. The three white marble flights of stairs lead towards a magnificent baroque ceiling painting depicting allegories on the four known continents at that time (Africa, America, Asia and Europe) with Wurzburg at the centre of Europe. The staircase leads towards the White Hall just above the foyer. Its name comes from the lack of colours or paintings in this massive room. Decoration however is abundant and the walls and ceiling are ado...Read More

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Wurzburg Residence (Wurzburg Residenz)
Residenzplatz 2
Wurzburg, Germany

Fortress Marienberg

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Attraction

Fortress Marienberg Photo, Wurzburg, Germany
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The Festung Marienberg (Mary's Hill Fortress) is one of the nicest sights in the town, mainly due to its location on a hill just across the Main river. Due to its hilltop position the fortress is visible from all over town. From the pedestrian Alte Mainbrücke (Old Main Bridge), lined with several medieval statues, you have a beautiful view on the Main river with the fortress right behind it. From the bridge two beautiful footpaths lead uphill to the entrance gates. They both take around 30-40min. and one of them will wind through the fortress' vineyard. There is also a car park near the entrance and in summer there is a bus service from the train station.The Marienberg hill h...Read More

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Fortress Marienberg

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Dome Church

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The former convent Photo, Wurzburg, Germany
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One of the oldest and nicest churches in Würzburg is definitely the Roman-Catholic cathedral, known as the Dome of St. Kilian. It was named after the Irish Saint who brought Christianity to the area. The first church was erected here in the 8th century, but after heavy fires it was reconstructed by the Würzburg Bishop Bruno to a building resembling its present stature in the 11th century in a late Romanesque style. Later additions to the church exterior are the Gothic-style eastern towers and the 18th century baroque Schönborn Chapel. Contrary to the small modifications on the church façade, time has left great marks on its interior. The large and dark Romanesque support pillars of the domes' aisles w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 22, 2008

Wertheim

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Street in Wertheim Photo, Wurzburg, Germany
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The small town of Wertheim, with about 25.000 inhabitants, is definitely one of the nicest places in this region. However, despite the fact that it is only 30km from Würzburg and located near the A3 highway to Frankfurt, the town does not get many visitors, especially not foreign ones. Its location alone will justify a short visit, located right on the confluence of the Tauber and Main rivers between the rolling hills. Wertheim's long history probably started with its foundation around 800AD. The first settlement was on the right bank of the Main, nowadays the village of Kreuzwertheim across the river from present-day Wertheim. The noble Regibondon family, later k...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 24, 2008