Würzburg City Breaks
Würzburg is synonymous with World Heritage, world-class wine and well-being. This lively city is known as the 'Gateway to the Romantic Road' and its skyline is dominated by its most prominent landmark, the Marienberg Fortress. Another spectacular highlight is the Baroque Residenz Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1982. Various museums, galleries and theatres will delight art lovers and the city is the centre of the Franconian Wine Country, a region whose vineyards are famous throughout the world. Three of Germany's largest and most renowned wineries are located here. A Juliusspital wine, for example, was served at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. And it is Franconian wine that, in perfect harmony with Baroque splendour, always makes a visit to Würzburg a memorable experience.
Watched over by its landmark, the Marienburg fortress, this university city on the River Main in Germany is surrounded by lush vineyards. In addition to the former Prince Bishop's Residence, there are many sights worth seeing in the Old Town such as the Cathedral, St. Mary´s Chapel, the market place and The Old Bridge.
Did you know?
The largest ceiling fresco in the world, painted by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, can be found above the main staircase at the Wurzburg Residence.
- Flight time from London: 1 hour 40 min
- Wurzburg can be reached from Frankfurt and Nuremberg airports in around 90 minutes and from Munich Airport in about three hours via train
- Nearest railway station: Würzburg Hauptbahnhof
- Currency: Euro
- With many art galleries and museums and a summer schedule filled with exciting festivals, Wurzburg is a year-round destination
- There are also great rail connections with many other major German cities
- The city has 126,000, with 36,000 of them being students
- Wurzburg is the starting point for Germany's most famous tourist route, the Romantic Road
St Kilian's Cathedral
The cathedral is a masterpiece of German architecture. Dating from the 11th century, it was built as the seat of the Bishop of Würzburg. A recent renovation gave the interior a bright and airy feel and mixes modern with traditional.
Würzburg's prime attraction is one of the most important castles in Europe. It boasts numerous lavishly decorated rooms and a magnificent staircase with the largest ceiling fresco in the world.
Käppele Pilgrimage Church
This Baroque church is definitely a must see during your Wurzburg city break. As you approach this site of pilgrimage, you will pass 14 Stations of the Cross which are marked with sculptures depicting the journey Christ took before his crucifixion. Once you climb the 350 steps, you will be greeted by amazing frescos, the pietà (sculpture of Mary cradling Jesus’s body) that is said to performed miracle cures and great views of the Marienberg Fortress.
This is the second largest wine estate in Germany and is run by the not-for-profit Juliusspital Foundation. There are more than 400 acres of vineyards in total, which produce more than a million bottles wine every year. Guests have the chance to taste some of the vintages (predominantly Silvaner and Riesling), buy some to take home or dine in the stylish restaurant.
Market Square with Chapel of St Mary
The market square features a daily market where you can buy some local goods, as well as the city’s oldest church – the Marienkirche. This Gothic building was dedicated to the Virgin Mary and houses 20 grave plates that depict bishops buried here from 1372-1779.
The Old Bridge
The Old Bridge is also a sight not to be missed. Lined with statues of saints, it is the oldest bridge still standing over the Main River.
Marienberg Fortress is a short walk away and constructed in the 13th century. It was originally a Celtic building but was reconstructed in a baroque style. Inside the fortress is the Mainfrankisches Museum which exhibits jewellery and models of the city.
The Botanical Garden is attached to the University of Wurzburg. There are more than 9,000 different species of flowers to enjoy, some of which are in greenhouses and some in the open air.
A trip to Würzburg is not complete without a chance to explore the shopping districts, known to be the best in the Franconia region. Most shopping is focussed around the two pedestrian precincts of Schönbornstrasse and Domstrasse where there are large department stores offering a variety of goods. They include designer brands, furniture and toys, however, these products are all sold at relatively high prices, as the area is renowned or its upscale clientele.
For a cheaper alternative, Juliuspromenade Street has many shops. Although many of these are designer, they are more reasonably priced. As well as this, there are many more alternative shops offering unique items.
Many wine shops can be found in Würzburg, and offer the perfect souvenir to take home to loved ones. The Haus des Frankenweins is one of the best shops to buy Franconian wine and also hosts tastings for tourists.
With over 150 restaurants and known for its locally produced wine, Würzburg can really offer any visitor good food and fine wine.
Traditional restaurants don't come much better than Backoefele, which serves delicious German and Franconian dishes. The old fashioned interior and rustic courtyard, as well as the excellent food, make this place a must-try.
Alte Mainmuhle has probably the best setting in the city. Located next to the Old Bridge with some superb views and in a restored old mill, this restaurant is truly a lovely find. Again serving more traditional food, it also has an outdoor terrace with a view of the river that's perfect in summer.
Capri Blaue Grotte is a unique restaurant. First serving pizza during the Second World War, this has become the restaurant's speciality ever since and it now claims to have the best pizza and Italian food in the city.
Nestled in the hills of Würzburg, Nikolaushof offers excellent gourmet food at a reasonable price. With its intimate atmosphere, is the perfect location for a romantic meal.
Local Things To Try
With so many vineyards in the region, it’s unsurprising that Wurzburg has some great local wines. If you get a chance to taste some of the crisp whites and fruity reds, it’s definitely worth it.
This port roast is a Franconian version of the Rhineland favourite sauerbraten. Pork shoulder is seasoned with plenty of salt, pepper and caraway and then slow roasted in a beer sauce.
Franconian Wedding Dinner
This is a dish that you will see on the menu in a range of local restaurants. It consists of boiled beef served with noodles and a horseradish sauce – a true taste of the region.
Würzburg has a vibrant scene which comes alive at night. From theatres and operas to jazz music and alternative punk, this city has something for everyone. Centred around the local wine cellars known as Weinstuben, much of the nightlife is traditional.
For those looking to listen to music, Omnibus, the oldest jazz bar in the city, is a great spot. The club is in the cellar and live jazz plays throughout the week. Standard also hosts live music, but of a different genre and is well known for its inexpensive drinks and meals.
A night at the theatre is a very pleasurable way to spend the evening. The Chambinzky has open-air performances in the summer. For those who prefer opera, Würzburg is host to the annual Mozart festival. The well renowned and 200-year-old Mainfrankentheater hosts performances of opera, ballet and plays.
Café Cairo is the home of the alternative, frequented by a wide variety of people who enjoy the punk scene. The acts are alternative and there are also occasional movie screenings.
July 7th to 23rd 2017 - Kiliani Fun Fair
July 14th to 23rd 2017 - Hofgarten Wine Festival
July 21st to August 6th 2017 - Würzburger Hafensommer (Open-air cinema, concerts)
September 8th to 10th 2017 - Stramu Würzburg (Street art and street music festival)
December 1st to 23rd 2017 - Würzburg Christmas Market
April 12th to October 7th 2018 - State Horticultural Show Würzburg