Wurzburg - an Interesting Day Trip Suggestion for Your Europe Vacation

Sandra Hohmann By Sandra Hohmann, 7th Feb 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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I was born in Wurzburg and I love my town for it's rich history. Since Wurzburg is located close to Frankfurt, which is one of the the world's busiest airport I recommend to every tourist to visit especially when having extra time.

Wurzburg - an Interesting Day Trip Suggestion for Your Europe Vacation

Most tourists can't avoid Frankfurt while visiting Europe. Frankfurt is the seventh busiest airport in the world and therefore a main stop between Europe's most popular travel destinations. If you happen to have some extra time in Frankfurt I highly recommend to leave the hotel, the airport or the busy city and visit my home town Wurzburg.

Put on your walking shoes, take some pocket money, your camera and hop on Autobahn 3 (A3), and in less than 90 minutes you find yourself surrounded by Wurzburg's historic beauty, gorgeous vineyards and Frankish hospitality!

Park the car close to the Lion Bridge next to the " Main", which is the river parting Wurzburg and head to the inner-city either by foot or by Strassenbahn (street car).

Indulge in the magnificent south German Baroque and Gothic architecture.

Within walking Distance you see Wurzburg's most popular sight-seeing spots from the Falkenhaus,(Falk House) the Alte Mainbrucke(Old Main Bridge) the Residenz ,(UNESCO World Residence) the St. Kilians Dom, (Dome St. Killian)Neumunster to the Marienkapelle (St. Mary Chapel).

Walking through the town you will never know that Wurzburg's most beautiful sights were partly or almost completely destroyed on the 16th of March 1945 during World War II. Wurzburg was one of the most bombed cities in Germany. But more than 60 years later Wurzburg's reconstructed beauty will make you feel breathless.

Catch a break at the market place and bite in a real hearty Wurzburg Bratwurst at the stand right in front of St. Mary Chapel. I believe that the Brats taste as good, if not better, than the Nuernberger brats.

After lunch you either could do a little shopping or you could conquer the Festung Marienberg (Fortress Marienberg) which dates back to the Celtics. Enjoy the great view of the city of Wurzburg, perhaps from the beer garden close to the castle. During hot summer days I enjoyed sitting there many times with friends and a cool "Radler" which is a "Hefeweizen" Beer with lemonade. Yummy!

Let's not forget the deep roman- catholic background of Wurzburg and be pilgrims for a moment by taking on the neighboring hill via the many stairs that leads to "Keppel", the cutest chapel you have ever seen, build by Balthazar Neumann. On the 45 minute climb you will find 14 chapels with life size figures which symbolize the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Remember all our chapels and churches are open to the public and unlocked.

After those climbs it's time for dinner. Enjoy a Schnitzel, "Kloesse" (potato balls) and some "Blaukraut" (blue cabbage) at one the many restaurants in the city. Don't forget to taste our authentic Wurzburger wine. Then hit back to Frankfurt and enjoy the rest of your vacation.

(By the way the mild climate and the many festivities allow you to visit Wurzburg all year around from the Christkindlesmarket in the winter to the many wine tastings events in the all. Most notable is probably "Fasching" which is celebrated the days before Ash Wednesday. This Halloween Type Event and the Parade in Wurzburg has drawn 150000 spectators. In July Wurzburg celebrates the missionaries who brought Christianity to the city. The "Kiliani" festival named after the martyr is basically Wurzburg's version of the Oktoberfest in Munich. His skull cap and the skull cap of his two colleagues are on display in Neumunster during the festival.)

Wurzburg is definitely more interesting than hanging out in Frankfurt, especially if you have extra time.


Christkindlesmarket, Europe, Frankfurt, Kiliani, Wurzburg

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I am a military spouse of twenty years, have moved from Europe to the U.S. and love to write about music, American Idol, parenting, military life and U.S. politics.

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