Alte Marienbrucke means Old Main Bridge. It is a lovely statue lined bridge rather reminiscent of Prague. From the bridge there are good views towards the cathedral and looking the other way towards the Marienberg Fortress.
This is an impressive building with an interesting chapel built onto one side. The chapel has some gruesome looking skeletons over its outer door.
The Cathedral dates from the 11th century. It was destroyed in the Second World War and its reconstruction was completed in 1967.
The chapel with the skeletons over the doorway is the Schönborn Chapel which was designed by Bathasar Neumann between 1721 and 1736.
The Residenz is located on Residenzplatz. It was the palace of the Prince-Bishops. They moved here from the Marienberg Fortress. It was built between 1719 and 1744, under the direction of Bathasar Neumann. We only explored the gardens, but apparently the palace has a beautiful staircase hall, the White Hall, the lavish Imperial Hall, the Hall of Mirrors and the beautiful Court Church.
We explored the wonderful hofgarten behind the residenz. The gardens are filled with flowers, trees and many beautiful statues. I especially loved the statue of two children trying to catch a butterfly in their hat. A really peaceful and beautiful place for a relaxing visit.
Also on the hill is the Kappele, a picturesque chapel built by Bathasar Neumann between 1747 and 1750. The chapel contains frescoes by Matthias Günther. Apparently there are beautiful views over the town from here. We, sadly, did not have time to find out.
To get to the Kappele you must climb a steep and shady lane lined with Stations of the Cross from the banks of the Main River.
This beautiful fortress dominates the town from its perch on the 266m Marien Mountain. It was the seat of the Prince-Bishops from the mid 13th century until the construction of the Residenz. There are lots of vineyards below the fortress. On this occasion we did not have time to go up to the fortress that must wait till a future visit.
We were lucky to travel from Budapest (Hungary) to Amsterdam (Holland) by riverboat during August 2012.The 14 day trip along the Danube and Main rivers, the Main Canal and the Rhine River was an excellent way of visiting the historic towns and villages.
Wurzburg was one of these delightful towns.
Wurzburg is also famous for its vineyards, and you do not have to go far to see them. We came by riverboat and they were either side of the river. I guess the same would happen if you arrived by car.
If you are interested in visiting a local winery do some research before you arrive or contact the Wurzburg Tourist Information Centre.
Colourful road transport imitating train transport for those who wish to visit the Residenz. That should be every visitor as the Residenz is the best and most important historical site in Warsburg.
We were provided transport for our visit, but I would prefer to have travelled on this novelty train.
Gothic period hall church which was built during the period from 1377 and completed 1480 with the erection of the church tower.
Looks a beautiful building, however we did not have enough time to go inside.
From the bridge you have the ideal place to photo the locks, and if you are lucky you may see them operating. These lockes are operational on a daily basis with the river & canal system now carrying a vast amount of cargo by barge since the Main Canal was completed during the 1990s', linking the Rhine river, Main River and Danube.
This is the place to spend some time. The middle of the bridge is its highest point and best place to take photos of the old town.
Also a great place to take photos of the Main River, the locks and river activity.
The bridge has some beautiful statutes of various Saints, erected around 1730.
The only surviving Romanesque secular building in Wurzburg, Wenseslaus Hall, inside the tower of the Town Hall, dates to the 13th century.
Go to the top floor to view the detailed model of Wurzbrug in ruins after the bombing in 1945. It is a grim reminder of the horrors of war.
The fourth largest Romanesque cathedral in Germany was built during the11th & 12th centuries. Construction commenced in 1040, and the east towers were built in 1237.
During the period 1701 to 1704 the interior was decorated with very ornate Baroque era stucco.
The Dom was burnt out in 1945 and rebuilding completed in 1967.
What a beautiful setting for a restaurant overlooking the river and the beautiful bridge, not to forget the ancient waterwheel.
One problem with the 14 day river cruise on the "Amadante" is that all meals including wine and berr are included, even lunch is included including morning and afternoon guided tours. This meant the opportunity to enjoy the local restaurants and cafes was limited to morning or afternoon tea.
Like nearly everything else in Würzburg, the old City Theater was destroyed in a thirty-five minute bombing raid on March 16, 1945. After the war, performances were held in the ruins, and later in the gym of the teachers' college on Wittelsbacher Platz. The current theater building, on the site of the former railroad station, was opened in 1966.
In 2004 the they celebrated their two hundredth anniversary, since the original city theater was first opened on August 3, 1804.
This seems to have been an under-financed theater right from the start. Throughout the 19th century they kept changing directors and declaring near-bankruptcy every few years.
Neither the 20th nor the 21st century has been much different in this respect. Operations were suspended for financial reasons in 1923 and 1930, and there were reports of eminent closure in 2003.
Despite their chronic financial difficulties they still haven't been shut down, and in fact have had some very successful seasons since 2004.
In 2005 for the first time they put on a "Theater Summer" from July 27 to August 7 (which is why it says Theatersommer above the door in the photo), featuring successful operetta and musical productions from the past season.
Additional photos: Front entrance, inner courtyard, lower lobby, stage entrance with bicycles.