Würzburg – World Heritage. Wine pleasure. Well-being.

Tuesday, 5 February 2013 - 01:14 pm (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
Category/Kategorie: General, UNESCO World Heritage
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Fortress Marienberg © Christian Horvat

Fortress Marienberg © Christian Horvat

Würzburg is a city in the region of Franconia, Northern Bavaria. Located on the Main River, it is the capital of the Regierungsbezirk Lower Franconia. The regional dialect is Franconian.

Würzburg lies at about equal distance (120 kilometer, or 75 miles) between Frankfurt am Main and Nuremberg. Although the city of Würzburg is not part of the Landkreis Würzburg, i.e. the county or district of Würzburg, it is the seat of the district’s administration. The city’s population is 133,000.

Notable artists who lived in Würzburg include poet Walther von der Vogelweide (12th and 13th cent.), philosopher Albertus Magnus and painter Mathias Grünewald. Sculptor Tilman Riemenschneider (1460–1531) served as mayor and participated in the German Peasants’ War. The Baroque architect Balthasar Neumann (1687–1753) was one builder of the Würzburg Residence, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Giovanni Battista Tiepolo and his son, Domenico decorated the interior of the palace, most notably the grand staircase.

Building of the New University © Robert Emmerich/cc-by-sa-3.0 Marienkapelle church on Market Square © Sweet Chily Würzburger Residenz © Christian VisualBeo Horvat/cc-by-sa-3.0 Würzburger Residenz © Christian VisualBeo Horvat/cc-by-sa-3.0 Old Town Hall, called Grafeneckart © Christian Horvat Fortress Marienberg © Christian Horvat
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Würzburger Residenz © Christian VisualBeo Horvat/cc-by-sa-3.0
Some of the city’s “100 churches” survived intact. In style they range from Romanesque (Würzburg Cathedral), Gothic (Marienkapelle), Renaissance (Neubaukirche), Baroque (Stift Haug Kirche) to modern (St Andreas). The Marienberg Fortress is the castle on a hill across the Old Main Bridge, overlooking the whole town area as well as the surrounding hills.

Museums of note are the Mainfranken Museum, which houses artifacts from prehistoric to modern times, as well as the Cathedral Museum, and the “Kulturspeicher”, dedicated to modern classics and contemporary art, which opened in 2002. Major festivals include the Afrika Festival in May, the Mozartfest, in June/July and the Kiliani Volksfest mid July.

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