My native region – part 2
Welcome to the sequel of my last entry.
Würzburg, a franconian city
Würzburg was during my childhood days THE big city and going there was always something very exciting for me. First of all we mostly went there to do some shopping and I knew I wouldn’t come home empty handed and since we mostly spent the day, lunch in a restaurant was part of the deal. My preferred restaurant was place called Marktbärbel a place where they served not only traditional food, but also great Pizza. 80% of the old town were destroyed just a couple of weeks before WWII ended, but the officials did a great job in rebuilding most of the important sights. So if you are interested in culture you will find a lot to explore. One of the most important buildings is the Residenz, built for the catholic bishops in the 18th Century. A part from being one of the biggest ensembles in Germany of the baroque era you can explore art from some of the most important artists of that time. Very impressive and well known is the huge center staircase. Considering that after WWII this place was in ruins, I find it’s splendor even more impressive. I have to admit that I am a huge fan of parks and gardens and so I most certainly recommend a visit of the gardens. And there is more to explore: High above the city sits the castle called “Feste Marienberg”. Huge fortress stile site enclosed by impressive walls. My favorite memory of this place is a big folk festival in the park I attended when I was a teenager. And if you are in the mood for a pilgrimage you can climb the over 300 steps to the church called “Käppele”. But you can also drive up to that church, park the car and just enjoy the fantastic views of the town and the surrounding area. Really awesome.
Whenever I come to a town for the first time, I just love to stroll around and feel the atmosphere of the place. Sort of surprise me! kind of style. I am not that much into completely pre-planned visits and decide once I am there what I feel like doing. Of course this is also a question of the current weather conditions when I am there.
Here you have the choice of ticking off the important sites, take a stroll along the river banks or explore the shops in the pedestrian zone in the heart of the city.
Within the vicinity of Würzburg there is a lot more to see, like the castle and gardens of Veitshöchheim, and of course tons of wineries. But don’t drink and drive. About those wineries I will write more later in my culinary section.