Europe is full of history, and every city seems to be a whole new discovery. In case you want to see structures built with lavish rococo and baroque architecture, the city of Wurzburg in Germany is the place to be.
Wurzburg is located in south-central Germany in the Franconia region, where people brew dry white wines and pilsner beer.
Visitors coming to Wurzburg just both satisfy their wanderlust cravings for a new sight and taste. But do these buildings and beverages make Wurzburg worth a spot on your travel bucket list? Find out here on this post.
In this post, you will know if Wurzburg, Germany, is worth a visit or not. I will give you reasons, the things to do and things to see in Wurzburg, to help you decide if this place is for you.
You can verify all the information written on this post on the Wurzburg Tourism Office official website.
Any advice I wrote here is based on the testimonials (Google Maps and TripAdvisor) of different travelers who have been to Wurzburg. This is to give you a more generalized opinion, not only mine, about the city.
Before we go deep on the reasons why visit Wurzburg, let’s first know what makes this city famous, unique from other cities in Germany:
What is Wurzburg Germany known for?
Wurzburg is known for wines as it is the capital of the Franconian Wine Region. However, other people call Wurzburg “The City of 100 Churches” as for the numerous church structures in the city, designed in different styles: Baroque, Gothic, Romanesque, Renaissance, and Modern. These, together with the castles in the surrounding hills, let visitors get a medieval travel experience during a visit to Wurzburg.
Reasons Why Visit Wurzburg, Germany
There are different reasons why we want to visit a destination when we travel. For me, as long as I find growth after the trip, I am more than satisfied! Anyhow, here are the seven things that can convince you to visit Wurzburg, Germany:
Reason #1: See Awe-inspiring Architecture of Wurzburg Churches
Ever since Wurzburg was mentioned in the 5th century, it has always been the seat of church officials. That’s why we can find many churches (as well as monasteries) in Wurzburg.
Today, Wurzburg has at least 13 (Catholic) churches with several small chapels established all around the city. Comparing to other places where Catholicism is the primary religion, we can consider this number above the usual.
Wurzburg is not only home to numerous churches but also to the most beautiful ones. The architecture of the most notable churches and monasteries in Wurzburg is superb!
Jaw drops should be usual when sight hits these architectural marvels.
Christian or not, the churches in the city are definitely a reason why visit Wurzburg. These structures do not solely profess religion, but they also manifest the culture instilled in Wurzburg. The paintings and architecture embedded in these churches give identity to the residents of Wurzburg.
As travelers, these kinds of discoveries are something that we seek when we travel, right?
Below are my top 5 picks in the churches in Wurzburg. I am sure that they are the most beautiful churches in Wurzburg as they have the highest tourist ratings from Google Maps. These churches must not be missed when you visit Wurzburg!
- Käppele Sanctuary (Wallfahrtskirche Mariä Heimsuchung)
- New Munster Church (Neumunster)
- Maria Chapel (Marienkapelle)
- St. Kilian’s Cathedral (Würzburger Cathedral)
- Augustinian Church (Augustinerkirche)
Käppele Sanctuary (Wallfahrtskirche Mariä Heimsuchung)
First on the list is the Kappele that has the most beautiful church interiors in the city. It is a pilgrimage church perched on the hills of Wurzburg, built in the mid 18th century.
Kapelle inhibits Rococo-style architecture, magnificent ceiling frescos, and stucco works all over the walls and ceilings of the church.
It also has a neoclassical high altar and an impressive organ that’s nearly 300 years old now. The benches are a work of art as well.
Käppele Sanctuary is a church and a work of art indeed.
Some visitors who came to Kapelle had a tranquil experience when they visited the church.
If you ask me, tranquility is one of the best things that I think I can acquire here. In today’s world full of anxiety triggering, attention shortening “noise,” quiet is the thing that we need to get some sort of mental health rejuvenation.
Reaching Kappele needs a bit of effort, however. Visitors climb a 250-step stair before they arrive at the church grounds.
The effort is worth it will lead us to fantastic views that await too in the location where Kappele is.
As of this writing, Kapelle has 865 reviews, and it is rated 4.8 out of 5. You can check the exact location of the church using this link to Google Maps.
New Munster Church (Neumunster)
The next church under the first reason why visit Wurzburg is the Neumunster. It is one of the churches located in the very heart of the city.
New Munster Church was once an abbey, filled with Christian monks and nuns. It was built as early as the 11th century and was designed in Romanesque style.
Improvements were made to New Munster Church throughout the centuries. Some of the features were replaced with baroque architecture, like its west facade.
New Munster Church has white interiors composed of elegant stucco artworks and fresco paintings on the sides and ceiling.
There are gold decorations, as well. They make the overall look of the church’s interiors seem like an embodiment of heaven.
During a bright sunny day, the embellishments inside the church look even more stunning with the lighting effect created by the glass windows on the dome and upper walls.
Similar to Käppele Sanctuary, New Munster Church seems like a museum showing the creativity displayed through religious articles.
By the time I check Google Maps, New Munster Church has 209 ratings averaging 4.7 out of 5 points. You can use this link to Google Maps to see its exact location.
Maria Chapel (Marienkapelle)
Marienkapelle is the third on this list of churches – a reason to visit Wurzburg. Rated 4.6 out of 5 by more than 500 people, Marienkapelle is definitely a place worth a stop in Wurzburg.
I believe Marienkapelle is the most recognizable church in Wurzburg because of its red and white exteriors. At the same time, it has a majestic tower with a golden madonna on the top.
The overall image of the church seems to make Marienkapelle the icon of Wurzburg.
As stunning as its exteriors, Marienkapelle’s interior, especially its choir, is something not to be missed as well. You can see the details of the Marienkapelle’s interiors through this high-definition photo.
Though the interiors of Marienkapelle have less embellishment, its choir, however, is absolutely gorgeous.
This 14th-century late gothic church is located just beside the Wurzburg market square. You can see the exact location through this link to Google Maps.
When you come, do not forget to explore three notable gothic portals. Each has different religious works of art to see. Like, the sculpture of Adam and Eve at the southern portal, the tympanums of Last Judgement on the western portal, and the Annunciation located in the northern opening.
St. Kilian’s Cathedral (Würzburger Cathedral)
Another remarkable church that you can find in Wurzburg is the city’s cathedral or sometimes called Saint Kilian’s Cathedral. It is the center of Catholicism in the city and the fourth largest Romanesque church in Germany.
The church was built during the mid-11th century, following a cross layout with a long nave, high choir, and wide transept. Its facade has two narrow towers that can be easily noticed from afar.
The facade looks plainer compared to the first-mentioned churches in this post. However, it contains notable and numerous works of art inside. This is the church in Wurzburg to which the saying “do not judge the book by its cover” applies.
Some of the best works of art that Wurzburg cathedral houses are the following:
- A 13th-century baptismal font made by Eckart of Worms
- Series of tombs and memorials of the bishops of Wurzburg.
- An impressive double crypt
- Seven-armed candelabra by Andreas Moritz
- Gottfried von Spitzenberg’s grave
The interiors of the Wurzburg cathedral are astounding, as well. Similar to New Munster’s, they are painted white embellished with beautiful stucco artworks and golden decorations.
Wurzburg Cathedral is rated 4.6 (average) by 3028 people in Google Maps as of this writing. You can find the exact location of the Wurzburg cathedral on this link to Google Maps.
Augustinian Church (Augustinerkirche)
Augustinerkirche is the 5th church in Wurzburg which I think can encourage travelers to visit Wurzburg.
If you’re catholic, you can experience a totally new way of celebrating the Holy Eucharist in Augustinerkirche. Here, the mass is celebrated on the table in the middle of the nave instead of on the altar.
The church’s chairs and table, called “Ambo,” are movable, allowing the churchgoers to celebrate the Holy Eucharist at eye level.
This is the church with a modern design in Wurzburg. At the altar, there is a contemporary painting called “The Heavenly Jerusalem.”
It also houses the painting depicting the Battle of Lepanto – the only artwork of the Augustinerkirche that survived the bombings of World War II.
The last time I checked, 126 people rated Augustinerkirche with an average score of 4.5 out of 5. You can find the exact location of Augustinerkirche from this link to Google Maps.
Reason #2: Wurzburg Residence Palace – A UNESCO Heritage Site
The churches of Wurzburg are just the tip of the iceberg when we talk about the architectural wonders we can discover in the city. Wurzburg Residence Palace is another eye-opening marvel that awaits us here in the city.
It is our second reason why we should visit Wurzburg. Like, what do you think of going inside a structure that’s entirely a work of art?
That’s how it is going to be!
Wurzburg Residence Palace is a magnificent Baroque structure, considered by UNESCO as “one of the largest and most beautiful” palaces in Germany. It was built in the 18th century by the most skilled architects and craftsmen from all over the world, led by Balthasar Neumann.
By how UNESCO described Wurzburg Residence Palace, it is clear that this palace is one unmissable thing to do or visit in Wurzburg!
Wurzburg Palace is a large site that’s almost 15 hectares in size. There are two main attractions here. First is the palace building, second is the promenade.
The palace has two levels with endless beautiful things to see – absolutely wanderlust satisfying. The ceiling and walls in Wurzburg Residence Palace are artwork themselves! Stuccos and fresco are literally everywhere.
They will overwhelm your eyes with indescribable sensations.
Here is a quick tour video of the Wurzburg Palace:
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On the ground floor of the palace, we can find the following:
- Court Church
- Garden Hall
Court Church of Wurzburg Palace
The castle has its own court church! Yet, it is not just an ordinary chapel. I think it eclipses the beauty of the Kappele mentioned a while ago.
According to the official site of Wurzburg Residence, it is one of the most perfect religious buildings in Germany built in the 18th century! It displays grandeur from the highly artistic embellishments everywhere inside the chapel.
The court church of Wurzburg Residence Palace has three oval dome vaults, curving walls, and two beautiful paintings:
- The Fall of the Angels
- The Assumption.
These two paintings, dating 1752, are works of Giovanni Battista. These paintings are the highlights of the visit to Wurzburg Residence Palace’s chapel.
Vestibule of Wurzburg Palace
After the church, there’s the palace’s vestibule. It is a very Instagrammable part of the site, packed with neoclassical decorations and masterpieces – adding to the “convincing” factor why visit Wurzburg!
In the Vestibule of Wurzburg Palace, we can find the following artworks and embellishments:
- The impressive stucco-work of Ludovico Bossi
- The painting called “The Labors of Hercules” by Franz Anton Ermeltraut
- Minerva und Bellona marble statues crafted by Johann Wagner.
Garden Hall of Wurzburg Palace
The Garden Hall is the “heavenly” spot inside the Wurzburg Palace. It appears more graceful and lighter compared to the previously mentioned parts of the palace.
Here, visitors get a heavenly feels because of the blue and white color motif of the room’s stucco artworks. They are complemented with slender marble columns and glittering mirrors – ultimately giving a graceful overall appearance.
Johann Zick’s painting in the ceiling makes the vibes inside the Garden Hall divine even more. His artworks depicting “The banquet of the gods” and “Diana in repose” will surely open your mouth as you look above, as you appreciate the paintings.
Staircase of Wurzburg Palace
Alongside the palace’s chapel, Wurzburg Palace Residence’s Staircase serves as the highlight of the visit to the palace’s ground floor.
It is a big check to a travel bucket list!
The staircase is made with the most elegant Bifurcated, Baroque architectural design. A simple touch of your feet and a glance at the stairs could make anyone feel like they’re a royal, even just for a moment.
However, it is not yet the climatic experience on this magnificent staircase.
Because above this grandest staircase of Wurzburg Palace is the largest ceiling fresco ever painted in all history.
Wurzburg Palace’s staircase and the fresco shall awe-inspire you to the bones!
This artwork, created by Giambattista Tiepolo, measures 18 x 30 meters. It is so big that the tales and wonders of the four continents of the world: Africa, America, Asia, and Europe, were portrayed in it.
People who will climb the staircase of Wurzburg Palace shall hold the handrails. This gigantic fresco shall pull their sight off the steps, absolutely.
By the way, Giambattista Tiepolo (Giovanni Battista Tiepolo) is called “The Last Venetian Master.” He is a renowned Italian Rococo artist/painter whose works are seen in Italy, Spain, and Germany.
The staircase leads visitors in deep wonder to the second level of the palace. On the second floor of Wurzburg Palace Residence lies the:
- White Hall
- Imperial Hall
- Southern Imperial Apartments
- Memorial room
- Documentation room
- Tuscany Rooms
- Northern Imperial Apartments
- State Gallery
- Ingelheim Rooms
- Princes’ Hall
Among these parts, the Imperial Hall and the Imperial Apartments are the best places to visit in the second level of Wurzburg Residence Palace. It’s just my opinion, nevertheless, definitely, they are all beautiful!
Awe-striking sceneries continue in Wurzburg Residence Palace, or perhaps get even more compelling after the grand staircase.
After reaching the second floor, you can immediately access the Imperial hall – the culmination of majestic experiences in Wurzburg Residence Palace. It houses the utmost splendor showcasing the three more ceiling frescos of Giambattista Tiepolo and more.
The imperial hall of Wurzburg Residence Palace has 20, 9-meter tall half-columns embellished with stucco-work marble, forming a large oval dome that contains:
- Antonio Bossi’s four life-size stucco figures of Greek gods: Neptune, Juno, Flora, and Apollo.
- Giovanni Domenico’s door paintings called Sopraportas, depicting the lives of the emperors during ancient times.
- … and other magnificent golden stucco artworks that are attached everywhere in the walls of the imperial hall.
Right and left the imperial hall are the south and north imperial apartments – the epitome of the beauty of German Baroque palaces. They form a 160-meter single luxurious suite filled with the most exquisite furniture in the world.
Imperial Apartments has 10 rooms, and the most impressive room is called the Mirror Cabinet (Room #9).
Wurzburg Mirror Cabinet has walls made up of entirely glass panels layered with carvings, porcelain embellishments, and stucco-work.
The wall decoration in this room is said to be “the most precious interior created in the Würzburg Residence under Prince-Bishop Friedrich Carl von Schonborn.”
Wurzburg Court Garden
From Wurzburg Palace Residence’s Imperial Apartment rooms, visitors see the garden – another attraction of the palace. From the rooms, the layout of the Court Garden can be clearly recognized.
The Wurzburg Palace Residence court garden has three parts:
- East Garden
- South Garden
- Nursery grounds
The park is full of elegant-looking potted plants, topiary fruit trees, trellises, hedges, and pergola walks. It is absolutely gorgeous for a leisurely stroll.
South garden is the most notable amongst all. Visitors are amazed by the eight large yews that were perfectly trimmed cones, decorative figures, and wrought-iron gates of the garden.
Reason #3: Wurzburg’s World Class Wines, Vineyards, and Cellars
Wurzburg’s churches and Palace Residence is, without a doubt, are beautiful attractions in Germany. They are really a reason why visit Wurzburg!
The incredible architecture and frescos shall satisfy every visitor’s eyes. Yet, there is another must-have experience to try in Wurzburg.
And nope, it is not beer, but wine. Wurzburg is famous for its dry wine. Travelers often wonder why if Wurzburg lies within Bavaria – the state known for beers.
Well, the answer lies in its location too. We look further into where Wurzburg is and see that Wurzburg is in Franconia, the region in Germany that produces a lot of wine.
Imagine how vast it is!
Within these vineyards, various kinds of grapes grow from where different wines are made. Among these, Riesling and Silvaner stand out the most.
Wurzburg, in particular, has a rich history of winemaking and viticulture. Winemaking in this city dates back to the middle ages.
As early as 1644, Wurzburg and its officials were strict already of the quality of wines produced from the city.
With centuries of viticulture and winemaking practice in Wurzburg, there is no doubt that visitors can have one of the best wines experience in the world here! Winemakers have even created, Mariensteiner, another variety of grapes that’s a cross of Riesling and Silvaner.
Expertise is not only the one that makes the wines in Wurzburg special. The soil and the climate in the Franconia region are also factors why the wines here taste so good.
The River Main flows a tremendous amount of minerals to the Franconian soil. At the same time, the mild climate in Wurzburg is just perfect for cultivating vines.
These make the wines in Wurzburg absolutely one of the best and one of the reasons why visit Wurzburg. Don’t skip wine tasting when you come!
Later on the following sections (places to visit and other things to do in Wurzburg), you will discover the places in the city where these grapes are grown, harvested, and made into wines.
Reason #4: Marienberg Fortress and The Scenic Sights of Wurzburg
Along the way to Wurzburg, visitors see vast vineyards acting like a green carpet covering the land. There we see a panoramic view of the German countryside, so pleasing to the eyes.
Some say that Wurzburg and wine are inextricably intertwined. Well, unquestionably, it is – commercially and tourism-based.
Do you know that there are also vineyards inside the city of Wurzburg? There is! Located above them is another reason why Wurzburg is worth a visit: Marienberg Fortress.
Marienberg Fortress is another attraction in Wurzburg located on the west bank of River Main. The fortress, perched on a hill, overlooks the vineyards around it, the River Main, and the city center. It has a very long history that goes back beyond the middle ages.
The fortress was built over time, more structures and fortifications were added century by century. Most parts are established during the 12th-13th century.
Regardless, I think it’s the spot in Wurzburg where we can realize the fantasies we’ve made from watching movies set in medieval times.
Marienberg Fortress’ pointed tile roofs, ramparts, and impressive gates, we would really be transported to the past. Ultimately turning our imagination into a real-life experience.
There are more than 20 spots/monuments to see in the fortress. Here is the complete list of all the must-see features of Marienberg Fortress:
- Bergfried Keep
- Saint Mary’s Church
- Well Temple
- Scherenberg Gate
- Kilian’s Tower
- State Archives
- Saint Mary’s Tower
- Princes’ Building
- Sun Tower
- Castle Restaurant
- Princes’ Building Museum
- Hofstuben Conference Center
- Old Arsenal
- Scherenberg Ward
- Princes’ Garden
- Museum shop
- Horse trough
- Main-Franconian Museum Wurzburg in the New Arsenal
- Commander’s Building
- Zur Alten Wache bar and beer garden
- Schonborn Gate
- Schonborn Sally Port
Visitors who have come here said that the castle grounds are pleasing to visit. The fortress has been well kept, and it seems that there are architectural surprises to see at every turn.
For me, the two parts that will absolutely entice you to visit Marienberg Fortress are the Main-Franconian Museum and the Prince’s Garden.
Here in the Main-Franconian Museum of Marienberg Fortress, visitors see the works of Tilman Riemenschneider, one of the greatest northern sculptors of the Middle Ages, also called the “Master of Wurzburg.”
The museum houses 81 wood-carved sculptures of Riemenschneider. Others are located scattered around the city, like the Sculpture of Bishop Rudolf von Scherenberg in Würzburg Cathedral.
But definitely, they are a few of the most detailed wood sculptures that you would see in your life! Two of Tilman Riemenschneider’s major works found in Mainfränkisches Museum (not to be missed to see) are the Adam and Eve and Grieving Maria.
Located on the eastern portion of the stronghold is the Prince’s Garden, the most “refreshing” part of Marienberg Fortress.
The entrance to the garden has two elegant staircases situated north and south. Here, visitors stroll around the plants with red, white, and purple flowers and some sculptures while enjoying the view of Wurzburg at the right bank of River Main.
On the balcony, different attractions can be seen instantly. Especially the jutting towers of the beautiful churches in Wurzburg.
Reason #5: Other attractions, things to do in Wurzburg
Aside from the churches, different attractions in the city can be spotted easily from the Prince’s Garden, like the Old Main Bridge. On a bright and clear sunny day, you will see a beautiful scene: a bridge across the mirror-like blue waters of River Main.
The Old Main Bridge is one of the other attractions in Wurzburg people come and visit. Excluding the mentioned places above, here are the rest to visit in Wurzburg:
- Old Main Bridge
- Maschikuli Tower
- Falcon house
- Japanese Garden
- Veitshöchheim Palace
With all of these places (plus the museums mentioned in the next section), you can never run out of things to do in Wurzburg in a day.
It’s just another reason why Wurzburg is worth a visit: There are just lots of things to discover and see.
Old Main Bridge
First on the list is the Old Main Bridge, the place in Wurzburg for sightseeing the vineyards, Fortress Marienberg, and Kapelle. It has 12 saint statues that stand at the sides of the bridge.
The Main Old Bridge was constructed in the mid of 20th century to connect the two parts of Wurzburg separated by the Main River:
- The Former Fisher’s Market on the left bank of River Main
- The Old town of Wurzburg at River Main’s right bank.
Today, it is pedestrianized and used chiefly for social events and sightseeing for tourists. During warm summer nights, travelers and locals mingle together on the bridge to socialize and make new friends while drinking the famous Franconian Wine.
A few minutes walk from the Marienberg Fortress, visitors arrive at the Maschukuli Tower. It is an additional feature of the Marienberg Fortress constructed to bolster the southern portion of the stronghold.
By its appearance, Maschikuli Tower can transport anyone who sees it to the past. The punctures on its walls for heavy artillery and rifle guns are bare witness to the different conflicts that disrupted the city in the past.
Maschikuli Tower is just an excellent spot in Wurzburg to help you imagine some portion of German history, such as the Peasant’s Revolt.
Juliusspital is another bucket list item you can check in Wurzburg. Not only Juliusspital is the second-largest wine estate in Germany, but it is also the world’s largest Silvaner wine estate in the world!
The wine estate is managed by a foundation called Stiftung Juliusspital Wurzburg. It is a charitable organization whose profits are contributed to fulfilling its social tasks mandated from the start.
From the vast vineyards, they bring the grapes to their quarters in the heart of Wurzburg. There, visitors can get a tour and see the impressive cellars they use in the production of wines.
The cellars are located in Princes’ Building or Fürstenbau. Inside, 250 ancient barrels containing 10,000 hectoliters of wine await you!
Don’t forget to have the wine tasting experience when you come here to Juliusspital in Wurzburg.
Juliusspital has been making wines for more than 440 years now, absolutely they’ve reached excellence in winemaking. The wines they create shall bless your taste buds with Franconian gastronomic goodness nowhere else found in the world.
The Juliusspital’s headquarters in Wurzburg also includes an elegant baroque hospital with a church and a courtyard.
Behind the beautiful Marienkapelle is the Falcon house, a former priest’s house admired by many because of its impressive facade. The facade of Falcon house is considered one of the most beautiful rococo facades in south Germany.
Inside, it has a library, a pleasant and quiet place you can visit to get some peace within the city.
And if you are looking for something totally “Eastern,” Wurzburg has a Japanese Garden for you to visit. Like the Falcon House, you can get some quiet here; however, you also get a touch of nature this time.
A stroll in the garden will let you quickly travel to japan. There you can find Japanese stuff, starting from ponds to lanterns and Kois to sakura trees.
Japanese Garden is located north of Marienberg Fortress, together with other small gardens.
Last but not least is the Veitshöchheim Palace, situated in the outskirts north of Wurzburg.
Veitshochheim Palace is a 17th-century structure called the “late baroque gem,” improved by a well-known German architect, Balthasar Neumann, decades after.
The palace has an enormous rococo garden, absolutely lovely for a leisurely walk.
Here, visitors find the castle’s picturesque ponds, enchanting pavilions, and numerous allegorical sandstone sculptures created by Ferdinand Tietz and Johann Peter Wagner.
Is Wurzburg safe?
Based on the latest data, Wurzburg has a relatively low crime index at 24.11 points and has a high safety score at 75.89. Walking around in Wurzburg by yourself is generally safe if you are traveling alone, even at night. However, common sense is still the best safeguard from harm. Like, avoid entering dark alleys and remote places all alone.
Is Wurzburg worth visiting?
In Wurzburg lies some of the most beautiful masterpieces and architectural marvels in the world. You’ll be most satisfied if you love admiring centuries-old artworks, learning history, and appreciating western society. Nevertheless, Wurzburg has hundreds of years of winemaking culture. Wines here are absolutely one of a kind – wine lovers will be thrilled to taste them.
Photos to inspire you to visit Wurzburg, Germany
If you are not still convinced if you’ll visit Wurzburg or not, I’ll leave you these photos captured in the city to inspire you to go and see.
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