Our road trips through Europe takes us on a day trip to Würzburg Germany. Würzburg is a city in Germany’s Bavaria region. It’s known for lavish baroque and rococo architecture, particularly the 18th-century Residenz palace.
Würzburg is also the center of the Franconian wine country, which makes for a wonderful wine tasting tour if you have the time. Located on the Romantic Road, one of Germany’s most popular tourist route, it’s a great starting point to explore the region. We spent a day here on our way to Prague and totally fell in love with this charming city!
Top things to do in Wurzburg Germany
Visit the Würzburg Residenz
The first place we visit on our day trip to Würzburg Germany is the Residenz Palace. The UNESCO-listed Würzburg Residence was the home for the Prince-Bishops of Würzburg. A fine example of Baroque and Rococo architecture, this magnificent palace also has the largest fresco in the world.
The Palace was heavily damaged by Allied bombing during World War II, and restoration has been in progress since 1945. Today it is now a museum, and you can go on a tour of this wonderful palace and explore its beauty.
Explore the Hofgarten at the Würzburg Palace
The beautiful gardens of the Würzburg Palace is definitely worth a visit. Originally, the gardens were designed in a formal Baroque style. But as you make your way around, the style changes into an English garden, with the most beautiful roses. It was one spectacular garden that our little one loved to explore!
Visit the Marienburg Fortress
the Marienburg Fortress, served as a home of the local prince-bishops for nearly five centuries. It has since been used as a fortress that has seen many battles throughout the years, and was severely damaged during World War II, but has since been restored.
Today it is now open to the public and you can go on a tour and visit some of the buildings within the fortress.
Take in the sunset at the Alte Mainbrücke (Old Main Bridge)
The old Main bridge is one of the most popular landmarks in Würzburg. It connects the old town of Würzburg with the quarter of the river Main and the hill on which Fortress Marienberg is located.
Open to pedestrians only, the city’s oldest stone bridge features statues of saints & other icons. From here you get the most amazing views of the Fortress Marienberg and the surrounding vineyards.
Order a glass of wine at the restaurant nearby and watch the beautiful sunset over the city. The Perfect way to end the day exploring such a wonderful city.
Day trip to Würzburg Germany: Würzburg Cathedral
Würzburg Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral dedicated to Saint Kilian. It is the seat of the Bishop of Würzburg and has served as the burial place for the Prince-Bishops of Würzburg for hundreds of years.
The Marienkapelle is a Roman Catholic church located at the Unterer Markt (market square) of the town of Würzburg.
One piece of history I learned about the city of Wurzburg, is that it held witch trials. The Würzburg witch trial, which took place in Germany in 1626–1631, is one of the biggest mass-trials and mass-executions seen in Europe during the Thirty Years War. The burnings are believed to have taken place on the outside of The Marienkapelle.
Stroll through the Würzburg Alstadt (Old Town)
Stroll along the pedestrianized streets of the Alstadt, or old town. One of the best things to do here is to shop, with many stores lining the streets along the Kaiserstrasse and Schoenbornstrasse.
Pull up a chair at the many cafes lining the streets, and at the market square and people watch, or simply admire the colorful buildings.
We had an amazing day trip to Würzburg Germany. We especially loved watching the beautiful sunset over the city from the bridge, while sipping some local wine. It’s definitely worth a stop even if just for a few hours.
Plan that trip to Germany and add Wurzburg to your Romantic Road itinerary. It’s a great starting point when exploring the region.
Also located in the Romantic Road is the charming town of Rothenburg ob Der Tauber. Read about how to spend the weekend in Rothenburg ob der Tauber with kids. We also visit during the Imperial City Festival and it was so amazing.
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