Wurzburg, Germany

Wurzburg is a city in the region of Franconia which lies in the northern tip of Bavaria, Germany. Würzburgis renowned for the Residence, regarded as one of the finest palaces in Europe and a high point of Baroque art (also UNESCO cultural world heritage!). Würzburg is also home to one of the oldest churches in Germany, built in the 8th century on top of a former pagan shrine. One of its most famous structures, Festung Marienberg, is a fortress which now surrounds the church.

The main sights at the Wurzburg Residenz include the Hofkirche church. Its interior is richly decorated with paintings, sculptures and stucco ornaments. The altars were painted by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. The reppenhaus is the largest fresco in the world, it adorns the vault of the staircase by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. For many years the staircase appeared on a Deutschmark bill. The Kaisersaal is the centerpiece of the palace, emperor's chamber which testifies the close relationship between Würzburg and the Holy Roman Empire.

Things to See & Do

* Wurzburger Residence
* Festung Marienberg – Fortress Marienbuerg
* Museum im Kulturspeicher Würzburg - the municipal art museum
* Wurzburg’s Old Main Bridge
* Wurzburg Cathedral

General Information

Cruise Season – March to Dec
Currency – Euro (€) (EUR)
Language – German
Land Area – 87.63 km2
Population – 133,800 approx
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time - GMT/UTC plus one hour
International Country Telephone Code – + 49

Port Location – The river port at Wurzburg is located on the Main River.

Travel Links - Würzburg is approximately 120 kilometres (75 mi) from either Frankfurt am Main or Nuremberg by road.

Würzburg is not served by an airport. However, if you fly into Frankfurt, Nuremberg or Munich, the Deutsche Bahn can get you anywhere that's worth going. Get on an ICE train, which will take you an hour until you reach the Wuerzburger Hauptbahnhof, from Munich you will drive about 3 hours.

Würzburg can be reached directly from most any train in western Germany. To get there from Berlin will require a change. This will usually occur in Göttingen.