Situated on the border of Baden-Württemberg and Hesse in the Franconian region of north-west Bavaria, Würzburg is a scenic city where wine meets water. With nearly 125,000 inhabitants and approximately sixty churches the beautiful city is located directly on the river Main and surrounded by vineyards. In 2018, Würzburg will host the Bavarian State Garden Show for the second time.
Things to see and do
Over the course of the centuries some sixty churches have been built all over the city in an impressive range of architectural styles. The literal peak of historical buildings in Würzburg is the Marienberg Fortress, built between the 16th and 18th century. Those who make the hike all the way up are rewarded with a beautiful view over the old city and the Main.
A further part of the city’s cultural heritage is the Würzburg Residence, which partly dates back 300 years. Today the baroque style building has a wine cellar where visitors can take part in guided wine tastings, a restaurant, a museum and a beautiful garden and park. Just around the corner, the city theatre stages plays and performances by philharmonic orchestras, ballet, theatre and more.
The residence also houses parts of the university’s faculty of philosophy. The University of Würzburg, first founded in 1402, is the oldest university of the federal state Bavaria. Würzburg is shaped by the students’ presence throughout. In the old city, especially in the lively Sandertraße (Sander Street), you can find vintage and charity shops, cosy and quaint coffee shops by day and rustic restaurants and popular bars by night. The student community offers a lot in terms of charity and creativity events too. During the summer the “Mainwiesen” (Main fields) welcome visitors to the yearly “Umsonst & Draußen” (free & outside festival) with its multifaceted artists and stalls.
The pedestrianised Main Bridge connecting both parts of the city is a popular spot for having a catch-up over a glass of famous Silvaner or Bacchus wine. From there, people can enjoy the panoramic view and also see another Würzburg hot spot. On the Main wharf, people are often found enjoying picnics and watching ships pass by.
From April to October visitors craving a slightly different view of the city can board restaurant boats that serve fresh seafood (try the local fish and chips!) with a side of beautiful views of Würzburg and the Main.
Southern Main Riverside
In summer, the river Main and the surrounding lakes are popular with swimmers and day trippers alike. Erlabrunn Lake is perfect for cooling-down after a 40-minute bike ride from the city centre whilst those looking to soak up the sun in the city can visit one of the many riverside bars.
A highlight out-of-town is the big wine walking tour in the suburb of Randersacker. Every June the little commune builds up 5–6 stalls amongst the vineyards giving giving passersby the chance to sample local wines.
British-German Town Twinnings
Town twinnings between British and German cities play an important role in promoting cultural exchange. Würzburg has been twinned with Dundee since 1962.