Wurzburg Cruise Port
Port of Wurzburg: An Overview
Located on the Main River between Nuremberg and Frankfurt, Wurzburg was devastated by bombs and firestorms during World War II. Its major historic monuments have been restored, but since 90 percent of it was destroyed during the war, much of the city is distinctly modern, with a bit less charm than other Bavarian towns.
Wurzburg is home to Germany's second-oldest university, and about a quarter of its 130,000 residents are students. That academic atmosphere has produced 13 Nobel Prize winners.
The city was once ruled by prince-bishops, who held both religious and political power. The main attraction is their Residenz palace, built in the late 18th century. Some river cruise lines offer an included or optional excursion to the nearby town of Rothenberg from the port.
Wurzburg's superstar attraction is the Residenz, a spectacular palace that was home to the city's prince-bishops, who held both religious and political power. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it boggles with over-the-top baroque splendor. Fortunately, its main section was spared in the war, so you can gaze up at the world's largest fresco on the ceiling over a grand stairway; it was painted by Italian artist Tiepolo and his son. More of Tiepolo's work graces other areas, but there's plenty of other sights to boggle you, including million-dollar crystal chandeliers and incredibly intricate stucco work. Although many of the rooms in the wings required heavy restoration, they are still glorious, particularly the green lacquered room with its detailed parquet floor. Don't miss the chapel, located just before you exit the complex.
The bishops' previous digs are in Marienberg Fortress, which dominates the city from above. There's also a museum there housing a collection of sculptures by renowned local artist Tilman Riemenschneider, who worked in the late 15th century. His work graces the Dom St. Kilian cathedral as well. The Alte Mainbrucke, an arched stone bridge, offers great views of the fortress, churches and surrounding vineyards.
Currency & Best Way to Get Money
Currency is the euro. Ships dock on the south side of the city, and there are no ATMs in the immediate area (the closest is on Virchowstrasse). You will find a bank across from the Residenz, and there are many banks and ATMs in the city center near the tourist office. For current currency conversion figures, visit www.oanda.com or www.xe.com.
The language is German, but many people speak English -- particularly because this is a university town.
--By Gayle Keck, Cruise Critic contributor
Wurzburg: Viking EmblaTeri 01Got some of my best deals shopping here. Loved the city. Took lots of pictures. ... Read more
Wurzburg: Scenic JewelChris LeonardExcellent trip up river to Abbey and spectacular baroque church, followed by compulsory local beer tasting. ... Read more
The Wurzburg Residenz was so ornate it was almost too much to appreciate! The grounds were also amazing. Went back into town later where we enjoyed local wine by the river. ... Read more
Wurzburg: Viking GefjonDeborah RhoadsThe prince bishop's residence rivals Versailles! Our guide, Flo, was so knowledgeable. ... Read more
Wurzburg: River DuchessFostersmithThe residence was great. Wonderful tour guide. ... Read more
Wurzburg: Viking SkirnirLisSchEnjoyed the walking tour. ... Read more
Wurzburg: Viking BraginusarAnother excellent city tour. Residenz Palace was amazing. ... Read more
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