10 tips for Wuerzburg

Würzburg – Metropolis on the Main

The Franconian metropolis on the Main has a historic old town with numerous sights and is also a modern metropolis. Located directly on the Main River and lined with numerous vineyards, it offers holidaymakers recreation in scenic surroundings.

As a university city, Würzburg does justice to a young, ambitious public. A varied nightlife, interesting art galleries and restaurants offering local Franconian cuisine or exotic specialities make a stay in the Main metropolis an experience.

Residence in Würzburg (forefront), Germany

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1. The Residence

As the most famous sight of the city, the Würzburg Residenz is the first port of call for every Würzburg visitor. Located close to the city centre, this imposing building, the construction of which was arranged by the Würzburg court architect Balthasar Neumann in the 18th century, is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A visit to the Residenz is rightly at the top of the wish list during a visit to Würzburg.

Residence in Würzburg, Germany

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2. Theatre, theatre

For evening entertainment, a visit to one of the city’s many theatres is recommended. The Mainfranken Theater is a theatre, music theatre and ballet ensemble. In the building of the Mainfranken Theater in the old town of Würzburg, modern and classical performances are regularly shown in the Great House and the Kammerspiele. The Kulturspeicher is located in a former harbour building on the edge of the old town. Here guests experience famous artists from the fields of music, chanson or cabaret. In the tanzSpeicher external dance performances take place as well as the popular performances of the own ensemble. If you love comedies, visit the “Chambinzky” boulevard theatre in Frauenland, which also shows folk plays, musicals or thrillers on a large or small stage. At the same time, the Chambinzky is a popular music pub among Würzburgers and has been successful with this concept since its foundation in 1983. The Theater am Neunerplatz and the Theather Ensemble are dedicated to experimental theatre. The theatre on Neunerplatz in the Zellerau also presents satirical or political plays and also houses the children’s theatre. The Theater Ensemble, which is also located in the Zellerau, shows performances of an “absurd style”. The theatre also offers theatre courses for everyone.

Marienburg in Würzburg

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3. Sense of art – galleries and museums

The Würzburgers were born with a sense of art and good taste. The large number of museums and art galleries in the city invite you to visit and make a visit to Würzburg a multifaceted experience. In the Museum am Dom you can admire about 300 paintings and sculptures from a millennium. The museum of the diocese houses the Würzburg cathedral treasure as well as burial objects, goldsmith works and liturgical vestments. In the Princely Building Museum you can visit the living rooms of the prince-bishops, the treasure chamber and the department of the city history of Würzburg.

Located in the Kulturspeicher at the old harbour, the museum displays art from the 19th century to the present on more than 3,500 square metres of exhibition space. The Municipal Art Collection (formerly Municipal Gallery) presents works by Stephan Balkenhol, Carl Grossberg, Magdalena Jetelová and many other well-known artists. On the second floor, pictures of the city before the bombing, including the “View of the Marienberg Veste” by Erich Heckel, are on display. A varied programme of special exhibitions offers temporary exhibitions in the Museum im Kulturspeicher at any time of the year. Works by contemporary artists can be admired in the art ship “Arte Noah”. At Marienberg Fortress, the Museum für Franken (formerly Mainfränkisches Museum) shows a collection of Franconian works of art in 45 rooms. This includes the largest collection of sculptures and works by sculptor Tilman Riemenschneider from his workshop. Among the most important exhibits are the paintings by Lucas Cranach and Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. The museum also has funerary monuments, faiences sp as a prehistoric collection of stone pillars, armour and Roman remains.

4. Always something going on: Würzburg festivals and events

It never gets boring in town. The inhabitants love to party and there is always something going on in the city. Events, festivals and festivals take place all year round.

-February:the Würzburg carnival
-March: Spring Fair and Festival, Memorial and Hope Run
-April: Residenzlauf
-May: Baroque Festival, Africa Festival, Würzburg City Marathon
-May-June: Würzburg wine village
-June: Festival Free and Outside
-June-July: Mozart Festival, Hofgarten Wine Festival, Christopher     Street Day
-July: Festungsflimmern – Open-air cinema and Kiliani festival
-July-August: Würzburg Harbour Summer, Barbarossa Spectaculum (every two years)
-August-September: Wine parade at the market place
-September: City Festival and Theatre Festival, Street Music Festival, Main-Franconia Fair (every two years)
-October: Würzburg Improtheater Festival, Mantle Sunday, Würzburg Jazz Festival
-October-November: Würzburg Cabaret Days, All Saints’ Day, Literary Autumn
-November: Honky Tonk Music Festival, Würzburg Business Symposium, Lichterglanz, Würzburger Bachtage
-December: Würzburg Christmas Market

5. Cool and trendy: the nightlife

The scene is young and dynamic, the nightlife is varied. Numerous students provide for a stimulation of the going out possibilities. The Airport discotheque is well-known far beyond the city limits and is one of the oldest open-air discotheques in Germany.

The lounge bar living room is the second home of many people from Würzburg. Enjoy cool drinks, hot music and sports on HD big screens. In the morning a delicious breakfast buffet is served, in the evening the living room food consisting of salads, pizza, pasta and burgers. For entertainment there are cards and dice games on every table and who wants to surf the internet gets free W-LAN. Of course, many students meet here.

In the centre of Würzburg is the American Cafe Hollywood, where you can enjoy delicious salads and American pizza and breakfast is served in the morning. The transformation from a former warehouse in which letters and parcels were stored to a modern “post hall” has been successful. It offers hot rock and pop, but also classical music and cabarets or galas. The Posthalle Würzburg scores with a very special ambience and offers something for everyone.

Old town in Würzburg

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6. Hearty, Franconian, good: food in Würzburg

The Franconian cuisine is similar to the Bavarian rustic and down-to-earth. Cooking is traditional. A large selection of international specialities is also available. Whether Italian, Greek or Indian, guests will certainly find a restaurant to their taste in the city centre. The Four Seasons, Haugerpfarrgasse 3, 97070 Würzburg with seasonal and vegetarian cuisine is popular. In the city beach, Ludwigskai 20, 97070 Würzburg, visitors can enjoy Mediterranean dishes and visit the associated beer garden. In the restaurant Hobelbank, Dürerstr. 6, 97072 Würzburg regional Franconian cuisine is served.

7. Peace by the river: the Main

In the city, life takes place on the banks of the Main. The city’s lifeline is popular with young and old. Whether for walking, jogging, hiking or cycling, you are always on the Main. When the sun shines from the sky, you can see the people of Würzburg moving towards the river bank with a picnic blanket. The green areas lovingly laid out by the city serve as a meeting point for locals and visitors. Everyone appreciates and enjoys the breathtaking view of the Main, the old town and the Marienberg fortress. There is always a cosy spot and on a park bench the snack or a glass of Franconian wine you bring tastes as good as in a restaurant.

8. Excursions on the water: navigation on the Main river

Large and small ships and natural excursion steamers connect Würzburg with Veitshöchheim. The relaxing cruise takes you past picturesque vineyards and lush green meadows. On the way, sleepy villages form a romantic backdrop. The ideal tip for a weekend in Würzburg is a boat trip on the Main.

9. Good wines thrive here: the vineyards around Würzburg

The town lies on the banks of the Main and is framed by vineyards. Good wine has been part of the lifestyle of the Franconian metropolis for a long time. In small wine bars or wine cellars one stops and tastes one or two glasses of the delicious Franconian wine. Of course, you can also go on a weekend excursion to the vineyards. One of the highlights is the hike on the stone-wine trail. In the months from May to October there is an interesting guided tour on Saturdays at 3 pm. Guests not only learn a lot of interesting things about the production of Würzburg wine and the different grape varieties that thrive here, but also have the opportunity to taste the wine. At the end of the tour, visitors are rewarded with an enchanting view from Steinburg Castle over the city of Würzburg.

Vineyard in Würzburg

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10. Morning walk

If you want to get up early in the morning or stretch your feet a little after a long evening, just go for a walk. In the summer months, it is particularly worth taking a walk in the fresh air, especially early in the morning, to watch the sunrise over the old town. Afterwards the guests stop in a small café and enjoy a delicious Franconian breakfast with oven-fresh rolls and a delicious coffee.

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