With its long history as a religious and educational center, this picturesque town nestled on the lush banks of the Main River offers the visitor an array of sites and activities. As one of the cities on Germany's popular Romantic Road, it offers a window on German culture stretching back to the 8th century as well as a doorway to its own diverse character, from the hallowed campus of Wurzburg University, to the fecund vineyards in the surrounding countryside, producing some of the world's finest wines. Shoppers and gastronomes will love the stores and eateries in Market Square and on Schoenbornstrasse. Or, stroll among the peaceful grounds of Lusamgartlein. As the capital of Lower Franconia, it plays an important administrative role as well.
Location: On the Main, Halfway from Frankfurt am Main and Nuremberg
If you're beginning a trek along Germany's Romantic Road—a popular route through southern Germany—you might well begin in hilly and charming Wurzburg. Situated on the Main River that runs along its western edge, the city is equidistant between Frankfurt am Main and Nuremberg. If you're a wine lover, this is your kind of place! Nestled in the middle of Germany's wine country, you're bound to find something to appease your palate here. Accessible by car via the Autobahn, by an efficient train system, and by bus, Wurzburg is also bicycle-friendly with designated paths.
Business: Learning, business, and beauty converge
The site of Julius-Maximilians-University (or Wurzburg University), the city’s stock-in-trade is knowledge. As the capital of Lower Franconia, much of the city's populace is employed in administration. It is also home to the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research, an innovative technology organization. Auto parts and printing machines (Schnellpressenfabrik Koenig & Bauer, the oldest manufacturer of printing machines) are made here. While the wine producing industry garners its share of the workforce, the local pilsner beer is a favorite worldwide.
Culture: A place of learning and government since Charlemagne
From a diverse history dating back to Celtic origins in the 8th century, ancient Wurzburg emerges with legacy as a religious, educational, and administrative center. The Cathedral was consecrated by Charlemagne in 788, and the venerable university was founded in 1402. The town has passed through many hands, from the Swedes in 1631 to Napoleon, to its absorption into the Electorate of Bavaria in 1803.
Activities: Many sites and landmarks await your camera
Charming and beautiful, old Wurzburg is waiting to fill your camera with images of cathedrals, landmarks, and the visual history tucked among the verdant banks of the Main River. Visit the magnificent Residence Palace, once the home of powerful prince-bishops during the Enlightenment, and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enter one of 14 churches, from the ornate splendor of the Neumunster Church to the Romanesque vaults of St. Killian. Shop in the old Market Square, or view the art at Mainfrankisches Museum or the Furstenbaumuseum.