|The bridge was alive with young people enjoying glasses (in nice|
glasses by the way) of wine and beer.
|Looking up with one of the statues from the bridge to the fortress|
|Another view of the bridge and fortress in the evening|
The next day was beautiful, bright and sunny. We had a nice breakfast and then checked out as we wanted to spend the whole day seeing the town. We had found a good free parking spot not far away.
Wurzburg has been here since the Bronze Age when a refuge castle stood on the hill. Celts, Alamanni and the Franks ruled until the 7th C. It was converted to Christianity by Irish missionaries in 686. An interesting side note - the largest peace time mass trials were held here from 1626 to 1631 and between 600 and 900 alleged witches were burnt! On 16 March 1945 90 percent of the city was destroyed by 225 bombers. The medieval center city was totally destroyed by firestorm and over 5,000 people perished. the city was rebuilt largely by women as there were almost no men around. The U.S. occupied the city and our last troops were withdrawn only in 2008.
But it is a beautiful city now and it's hard to believe most of it is reconstructed. Happily some great parts of the Residenz were saved by well built roofs. We took an English tour and it is really gorgeous! We were sorry to have to leave later in the afternoon. Next on the Heidelberg!
|The Town Hall Square|
|The old Main Bridge with the Fortress Marienbad from further|
down the river. The bridge was built between 1473 - 1543.
|Baroque Harbor Crane from 1773 - it still works!|
|Looking down one of the pedestrian only|
streets towards Wurzburg Cathedral
|There were many charming shops|
|In the Market Square was what looked like a|
May Pole to me
|And it was Farmer's Market Day|
|Look at this selection of cheese - Yummo!|
|And beautiful fruits|
|With Wurzburg Cathedral looming above|
|The Julius Spital Baroque Hospital, Julius Spital is the second|
largest winery in Germany.
|The courtyards and gardens were beautiful. I love the blue sheep!|
|The Residenz, a UNESCO World Heritage Site|
|The front of the Cathedral, Romanesque and built|
from 1040 to 1225
|One of the charming squares throughout the city|
|All filled with bicycles! Everyone bicycles here|
and there are bike paths EVERYWHERE!
|We had a wonderful lunch overlooking the River|
|We sat up on the top terrace at the Alte|
|Scott had the best view of the Fortress but I enjoyed watching|
|You went through this tunnel to enter the fortress!|
|And then another fortress was inside with gate, bridge and moat|
|The moat is now a garden|
|Formal gardens spread out along the terraces overlooking the|
city and vineyards
|That's the Danube River below and the Old Main Bridge on the|
|I loved this sign - in town not the fortress.|