WÜRZBURG IN WINTER
Travelling Wurzburg in winter is a unique experience. It’s cold and snows quite a bit, but for those negatives come beautiful pluses: the buildings are beautifully snow capped and it’s oh so peaceful to walk around town. Expect weather ranging between -5 to 0 degrees daily. I experienced a very snowy 0 degrees on my first day in Wurzburg, followed by -6 degrees the next. And just remember, if the cold gets to you, it’s the best excuse ever to stop for a Glühwein 😉
Würzburg is located approximately 1.5hrs drive from Frankfurt, in the state of Bavaria, Germany. Würzburg is a quiet town, known for its churches, wine and university. I visited twice at the beginning of winter, the end of December, and middle of January. Whilst it might not be the most popular tourist attraction, here’s why you should visit.
THINGS TO DO IN WURZBURG
The palace of Würzburg Residenz was completed in 1744 and was heavily destroyed in WWII. It has since undergone extensive restoration since 1945 and is absolutely beautiful. The gardens are oh so elegant, featuring multiple fountains and hedging statues. The interior is impressive, with elaborate ceiling paintings and very grand staircases. We had fun frolicking outside in the snow and frozen water fountain. A beautiful place to enjoy a stroll, and in the summer a picnic!
Set atop the hill overlooking the entire town, Marienberg fortress was built in the 13th century. It was used as an actual fortress and was mostly destroyed in WWII, when the British bombed it. It was then rebuilt and completed in 1990. Surrounded by vineyards, the view is truly spectacular.
ALTE MAINBRUECKE (THE MAIN FOOTBRIDGE)
This beautifully preserved bridge joins the two sides of Wurzburg. I would liken this bridge to the Charles Bridge in Prague, as it is lined with statues of famous saints and individuals of Würzburg. We had fun just simply walking, and imitating the statues poses. We choose to pose with Saint Burkard, the first bishop of Würzburg.
One of the many churches to grace Würzburg, this one involved a lengthy hike up the hill opposite Marienberg fortress. The church was dark, and very much played to tales of the isolated hut on the top of the hill. Almost creepily, the organ was playing when we walked inside, fulfilling a very atmospheric visit. To see Würzburg from another view was great.