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.

Don't Miss

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.

Language

The language is German, but many people speak English -- particularly because this is a university town.

--By Gayle Keck, Cruise Critic contributor

  • Wurzburg: Scenic Amber
    df2616
    This review is really about Rothenburg which we got to from Würzburg. This is the only city in Germany that still has the complete medieval city wall still intact. You will enjoy climbing up to the ramparts and checking out the towers It is ... Read more
  • Wurzburg: Scenic Jasper
    texasredhead
    We toured the Prince-Bishop's Palace. Absolutely gorgeous with beautiful gardens and lots of interesting history. We toured the vast wine cellar beneath the palace and had a wine tasting there. Three glasses of excellent wine before noon...then out ... Read more
  • Wurzburg: Viking Ingvi
    cyoung25
    Here we toured the Bishop's Residenz.which was unbelievable. Decorated with lots of roccoco & gold---amazing! After the tour we were on our own for lunch and more sightseeing. Our local guide was very good with a wonderful sense of humor. ... Read more