The Top 10 Things To Do and See in Würzburg

Photo of Lena Blos
9 February 2017

Located in the heart of the Franconian region, Würzburg is considered one of Germany’s most atmospheric cities. Next to a rich history and architectural masterpieces, it offers a hearty cuisine and is surrounded by scenic vineyards as far as the eye can see. Würzburg’s unique cultural make-up and its charming people make it one of the top destinations in the country. We have looked at the most important sights and activities for your next visit.

Würzburg | © Floris Oosterveld/Flickr


Würzburg’s majestic residence is considered one of the most important baroque palaces in Europe and became a part of the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1981. Unlike other buildings, it was built almost within a single generation and incorporates French château architecture, Viennese baroque and secular elements of northern Italy. The palace was completed in 1780 by the architect Balthasar Neumann and designed for the Prince-Bishop Johann Philipp Franz von Schönborn. Most noteworthy attributes are, among others, the chapel, the grand salon and the famous staircase, decorated by by the Venetian Giovanni Battista Tiepolo with a ceiling fresco which pictures the four continents. The residence’s 40 lavish rooms feature an array of tapestries and paintings and can be explored through one of the many guided tours.

Address: Residenzplatz 2, 97070 Würzburg, +49 931 355170

Alte Mainbrücke

The old Main bridge spans the river of the same name and with its construction in 1120 is considered the oldest stone bridge in Germany. It connects the old town with the nearby Marienberg fortress. In 1730 the bridge was further decorated with twelve statues, set in twin rows, which depict several saints and emperors. They were largely destroyed during the bombings of 1945 but have since been lovingly restored. The Mainbrücke offers a dazzling view over Würzburg’s riverside and fortress and is one of the most historic constructions in the city.

Address: Alte Mainbrücke, 97070 Würzburg


Towering over the city and surrounded by vineyard, lies Würzburg’s Marienberg Fortress, whose construction first began in 704 AD. Originally the site of a church, the building was further expanded in the Renaissance and Baroque period with fortifications erected around the original structures. The fortress was involved in several wars of the 17th and 18th century until it was severely damaged by British bombs in 1945. It was fully reconstructed by as late as 1990 and now houses two museums. Visitors can join one of the many tours to learn more about its historic importance. For nearly five centuries it served as a home to the local prince-bishops and remains a symbol of Würzburg.

Address: Festung Marienberg, 97082 Würzburg, +49 931 3551750


The shell of the ceremonious Hofkirche of Würzburg’s residence was constructed by the prince-bishop Friedrich Carl von Schönborn between 1732 and 1733. After the completion of the lavish decoration, the church was first inaugurated in 1742 and remains one of the most dazzling 18th-century religious buildings in Germany. The architect Neumann, also responsible for other parts of the residence, has outdone himself with the sophisticated room structures and artistic decorations, which were largely created by the court artist Rudolph Byss, Antonio Bossi and Johann Wolfgang van der Auvera . Two paintings to the side of the altar depict The Fall of the Angels’ and The Assumption, and are further prove of the artistic prowess of Giovanni Battista.

Address: Residenzplatz 2, 97070 Würzburg, +49 931 355170

Würzburger Dom

Closely located to the market square, Würzburg’s cathedral represents one of the city’s most important landmarks and can be seen from almost anywhere. The building was constructed between 1040 and 1250 and is considered the fourth largest Romanesque cathedral in Germany. Particular noteworthy are the number of bishops’ tombs including the resting places of Rudolf von Scherenberg and Lorenz von Bibra or the paptismal front, created in 1279, which features a spectacular candelarbra and a stained glass crypt. Added to the transept is the Schönbornkapelle Chapel, where visitors can find the grave of the Prince Bishops of the House Schönborn. The cathedral was renovated in 2012 and shines in its new splendour.

Address: Domstraße 43, 97070 Würzburg, +49 931 38662800

Museum im Kulturspeicher

In the Kulturspeicher building, which formerly served as a grain storage, visitors can marvel at a range of art exhibits from the 19th century to modernity. The museum features famous collections by the Peter C. Ruppert Collection of European Concrete Art after 1945, which includes works by Max Bill and Victor Vasarely. Other noteworthy exhibitions include pieces from the era of Romanticism, Biedermeier, Impressionism, Expressionism, as well as contemporary works. Combining artistic masterpieces with a stunning architectural set-up, the museum is well worth the visit in order to gain an insight into the development of Germany’s painters.

Address: Oskar-Laredo-Platz 1, 97080 Würzburg, +49 931 322250

Bürgerspital Weinstuben

No visit to Würzburg can be complete without indulging in a hearty, Franconian meal and tasting some of the regional wines. The Bürgerspital, a wine estate that extends over 120 hectares, is located right in the middle of Würzburg and counts not only as one of the oldest but also one of the largest wine estates in Germany. Visitors can indulge in sumptuous German and regional specialities at its restaurant and, if that wasn’t enough, take a tour through the estate’s famous wine cellar and inspect the world’s oldest white wine, dating back as far as 1540. One of the most authentic restaurants in the city, the Bürgerspital’s traditional set-up and quality products have made it a culinary institution throughout the country.

Address: Theaterstraße 19, 97070 Würzburg, +49 931 352880

The Fortress Wine Trail

As far as the eye can see Würzburg, the capital of the Franconian appellation, is surrounded by vineyards, which produce the incredibly tasty Franconian wine. During the summer months you can make your way up to the scenic mountains and follow the trails through the vineyard, which are then in full bloom. Or why not return for the grape harvest in autumn when the area is filled with the smell of freshly fermented grapes and several wine festivals take place. After a trek through the scenic mountains, visitors can reward themselves with a well-deserved break at one of the wineries and enjoy a glass of the crisp Riesling.

Franconian vineyards in autumn | © Axel/WikiCommons

Market square and St. Mary’s Chapel

After taking a stroll through Würzburg’s old town, why not stop at its scenic market square, where numerous vendors sell a variety of goods from beautiful flowers to fresh fruits and snacks. Most popular is the small bratwurst hut which sells a variety of different, regional sausages from the Franconian to the famous Winzerbratwurst. Additionally the scenic St. Mary’s Chapel – the Marienkapelle – can be found here, completed in 1479 and one of the most significant Gothic buildings in the city. Take a stroll around the area, explore the souvenirs and goods on offer before watching the bustling crowds pass by in one of the many enchanting cafes on the square.

Address: Marktplatz, Marienplatz, 97070 Würzburg, +49 931 372335


The grounds of Würzburg’s residence, which was also recently used as a shooting location for the famous movie The Three Musketeers, were laid out between 1703 and 1774 by Johann Prokop Mayer and are considered some of the most impressive Rococo gardens in the country. At the centre visitors can find an artificial lake including fountains and a beautifully carved sculpture. Additionally visitors can find numerous other Baroque sculptures throughout the gardens as well as intricately decorated vases and allegorical figures. The skilful layout which manages to divide the steep slops into symmetrical, self-contained quarters make it one of the most impressive landscape constructions of the 18th century.

Address: Residenzplatz 2, 97070 Würzburg, +49 931 355170

By Lena Blos