Wurzburg’s Residence Palace
This UNESCO World Heritage Site was the home of prince-bishops for many years, having been built by Johann Philipp Franz von Schönborn to replace a previous palace that wasn’t deemed worthy enough. He used his own money to have a new palace built which would offer the same splendour as Versailles and Schönbrunn. It features the largest ceiling painting in the world, has a room where Napoleon slept during frequent visits and can be seen in the film The Three Musketeers.
As well as the beautifully decorated rooms, the Residence Palace is home to the Martin-von-Wagner Museum, which holds the University of Wurzburg’s collection of Egyptian antiques and art from between the 14th and 19th centuries.
Images courtesy of unesco-welterbe.de_Mayerer
April-October: daily 9 am-6 pm (last entry: 5.30 pm)
November-March: daily 10 am-4.30 pm (last entry: 4 pm)
Public holidays: The Residence is closed only on 1 January, Shrove Tuesday and 24, 25 and 31 December.
The Court Garden is open daily until dusk (8 pm at the latest)
Children under 18 are free
Admission to the Court Church and the Court Garden is free for everyone.
Entry entitles you to join a guided tour. These are held in English every day at 11am, 1.30pm and 3pm, with an additional tour at 4.30pm from April to October.