Würzburg, Germany, in a nutshell
The unique Würzburg Mix
The mixture of scientific research and commerce, sushi and brats, wine festivals and cocktail bars creates a unique feel in this town. The flair is subtle, not in your face, yet very distinctly Würzburg. You will want to come back!
Würzburg is surrounded by the forests Spessart, Rhön and Steigerwald. It sits on the right side of the Main River at latitude 49° 48’ North and longitude 9°56’ East. The city itself is at 182m above sea level; the Alter Kranen is at 166m and the Frankenwarte at 360m above sea level. The city sprawls out over 87.7 square kilometers.
‘Must-See’, top attractions
UNESCO Heritage Site ‘The Residence Palace’
It’s called the the “Castle above all Castles” – the Residence Palace is one of Europe’s most renowned baroque castles and it is registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. The castle was built by Balthasar Neumann and includes a much acclaimed staircase with awe inspiring frescos by the Venetian artist Tiepolo. Web: https://www.residenz-wuerzburg.de/englisch/residenz/index.htm
The fortress “Marienberg” is the most dominating feature of the city; it towers above it all. Join a tour and learn about its history. Web: https://www.schloesser.bayern.de/englisch/palace/objects/wu_fest.htm
From the old bridge “Alte Mainbrücke”, you will enjoy fantastic views of the fortress “Marienberg,” the pilgrimage church “Käppele” and the famous vineyards
Dom St. Kilian
“St. Kilian” is a prime example of the architectural style during the time of the Salian kings. It is the fourth largest Romanesque cathedral in Germany and is home to artifacts from many centuries. Web: https://www.dom-wuerzburg.de/
The Stations of the Cross leading to this baroque masterpiece of a church (built 1748-1750 by Balthasar Neumann) are worth the trip all by itself. The stairs leading to the church are lined by plane trees and the stations are all pieces of art. The church itself boasts magnificent frescos and stucco works, as well as a miracle hall with…
You’ll visit “Marienkapelle”, featuring world renown sandstone sculptures by Riemenschneider.
Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen Laboratory
Where: Röntgenring 8, 97070 Würzburg.
The laboratory where Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen invented the x-ray machine.
Würzburg “Welcome Card” saves money on your visit
Würzburg’s “Welcome Card” offers plenty of discounts and benefits for tourists who want to explore the city.
The card costs a nominal fee of approx.: < 5 Euro
It offers discounts for e.g.
- Guided Walking Tour in German and English (2 Euros discount)
- City Tour with the City Train (1 Euro discount)
- Würzburg souvenirs at the Tourist Information (10% discount)
- Residence Palace (1 Euro discount)
- Guided Tour at Fortress Marienberg (1 Euro discount)
- Guided Tour at Cathedral of St. Kilian (50 Cents discount)
- Guided Tour at the Juliusspital (1,50 Euro discount)
- Wine Cellar Tour Staatlicher Hofkeller (1 Euro discount)
- Guided Tour Würzburger Stein (1 Euro discount)
- Wine shop at Bürgerspital Weinhaus (10% discount on 1 bottle of wine)
- Museum für Franken (1 Euro discount)
- Museum am Dom (1 Euro discount)
- Würzburger Domschatz (1 Euro discount)
- Jewish Museum Shalom Europa (1 Euro discount)
- Museum im Kulturspeicher (1 Euro discount)
- River Main Cruises (1 Euro discount)
- Mainfranken Theater Würzburg (10% discount)
- Bockshorn Theater (2 Euros discount)
- Theater TanzSpeicher Würzburg (50% discount)
- Theaterwerkstatt (4 Euros discount)
- Restaurant Alte Mainmühle (10% discount on food)
- Brauerei-Gasthof Alter Kranen (10% discount on food)
- Juliusspital Weinstuben (10% discount on food)
- Würzburger Hofbräukeller (10% discount on food)
- Würzburger Ratskeller (10% discount on food)
- DINEA Café & Restaurant in der GALERIA Kaufhof (10% discount on food and drinks)
- Climbing Course Einsiedel (2 Euros discount)
- Bowling Würzburg (10% discount)
- Public outdoor swimming pool Dallenbergbad (20% discount)
- Public indoor swimming pool Sandermare (20% discount)
- Aaglander E-Carriage (2 Euros discount)
- Skating Rink Würzburg (20% discount)
The Würzburg Welcome Card is valid for three days after purchase. The card is available at:
Tourist Information, Falkenhaus am Markt (upper Market Square)
Würzburg – Politically
Würzburg is part of the Unterfranken county region in Bavaria; received the flag of honor from the Council of Europe, the European Award, and the official title “City of Europe.” Würzburg has approx. a population of 130,000.
Sister cities are: Bray, Ireland; Caen, France; Dundee, Scotland; Mwanza, Tanzania; Otsu, Japan; Rochester, NY/USA; Salamanca, Spain; Suhl, Thuringia; Umeå, Sweden.
Würzburg – Learning and Education
Würzburg’s Julius-Maximilian University was home to 13 Nobel Prize winners, such as Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen (Nobel Prize in physics for the discovery of x-rays, 1901) and Klaus von Klitzig (Nobel Prize in physics, 1985). The university has 12 different faculties and 70 institutes. The University of Applied Sciences, Fachhochschule Würzburg-Schweinfurt has 10 faculties and offers 11 different diplomas, 5 bachelors and 4 masters programs. The College of Music has trained numerous outstanding musicians. All in all, there are 27,000 students in Würzburg, pursuing research projects and degree programs. Also, there are 49 regular high schools and 56 vocational high schools. Würzburg offers more educational opportunities than most cities in Germany.
Würzburg – Research and Commerce
Würzburg is an economic hotspot in the region “Mainfranken”. The city boasts a large commercial metropolis and the second largest service industry center in Bavaria, offering jobs to 90,000 employees. Nationally and internationally known companies call this area home: Vogel Medien Gruppe, Koenig & Bauer AG, Mero-TSK, Noell Crane Systems. As far as research is concerned, the Theodor-Boveri-Institute for biological science and the Rudolf-Virchow-Institute for experimental biomedicine enjoy an excellent reputation. New innovations are being developed at institutions, such as the South German Center for Man-Made Materials, the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research, and the Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research. People interested in starting up there own projects, find great support at foundations, such as the Foundation for Biotechnology and Biomedicine, the Center for Communications Technology, and the Technology Foundation.
Würzburg – Conference City and Tourist Attraction
Würzburg offers about 4,500 hotel beds. Annually, the city averages 650,000 overnight stays and 3,200,000 day trip visitors. Würzburg belongs to a number of tourism marketing organizations, such as Historic Highlights of Germany, the marketing cooperation Romantic Road, the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Germany, as well as the tourist associations of Franconia and the Franconian Wine Country.
Würzburg – Infrastructure
Würzburg enjoys a fantastic infrastructure. Numerous old and new traffic routes intersect here: the Autobahn A3 (Cologne – Würzburg – Munich), the Autobahn A7 (Hannover – Würzburg – Ulm), and the Autobahn A81 (Stuttgart – Heilbronn – Würzburg). As far as trains are concerned, Würzburg enjoys 70 daily ICE/IC connections as well as 350 regular passenger trains. Furthermore, the Frankfurt International Airport is only about an hour away and you can hop on a boat to cruise up or down the Main River to some of the areas best attractions. Also, the river cruise ships traveling from Rotterdam/Basel to Vienna and Budapest make a stop here.