Where medieval wonders meet a lively nightlife scene, Wurzburg straddles the Main River in Bavaria and is renowned for its baroque architecture and rich history. Looming fortresses, palaces and cathedrals stand alongside resplendent museums and art galleries making for an encompassing cultural destination.
Things to do in Wurzburg
The Wurzburg Residenz is one of the most prominent and exquisite marvels of Baroque architecture in Germany, formerly inhabited by powerful prince bishops. You can wander up the impressive central staircase which then splits into two and doubles back, bringing you into clear view of the enormous Tiepolo fresco covering the ceiling, considered the largest in the world. This UNESCO World Heritage Site also includes 300 decorated rooms, a white stucco-embellished White Hall and lavish exterior gardens.
You can’t miss the Marienburg Fortress situated in the city centre, nestled on the hilltop looking down over Wurzburg and the Main River below. Take the 30-minute climb up to find a tunnel that offers fantastic panoramic views. Schedule a guided tour to learn about Wurzburg’s architecture or visit for lunch, sit and sip on a refreshing drink at the beer garden.
For an outdoor adventure, take a leisurely stroll across the Old Main Bridge that connects the two sides of Wurzburg across the Main River. You can purchase a glass of wine from one of the kiosks and go for a walk, enjoying the waterfront views, various statues of saints and leaders.
Don’t leave Wurzburg without touring the Museum im Kulturspeicher, a vast municipal art museum that was converted from a warehouse, boasting 12 rooms of exhibit space. Browse collections of regional art from Franconia and Southern Germany, including works of painter Hans Reichel and sculptor Emy Roeder.
Getting around Wurzburg
The Deutsche Bahn routes from nearby airports in Frankfurt, Nuremberg or Munich directly into Wurzburg. With excellent connections to the Autobahn system, renting a car is an easy way to get around at your leisure. Public transit is always an option as the immediate city is served by extensive tram and bus routes and there are plenty of taxi services.