Wurzburg is one of those university towns/cities in Germany, in the state of Bavaria/Bayern, Germany. Its around 115 kms from where I stay (Nuremberg, Germany). The last weekend, I had to go to this place as I had some work and combined that with some sightseeing. Wurzburg is a nice university town, which is not so big and not so small. Wurzburg has a couple of famous and historical buildings with great architechture, museums, palace/castle (Residenz), a Fortress Marienberg on the hill adjacent to the town. Below are some interesting facts of this place:
1) Wilhelm Röntgen's original laboratory, where he discovered x-rays in 1895 is at the University of Würzburg.
2) The University awarded Alexander Graham Bell an honorary Ph.D for his pioneering scientific work.
One more interesting fact is that this place was 85% damaged/destroyed during World War II (as per the Wikipedia source). Most of the city's churches, cathedrals and other monuments did not survive the war.During the next 20 years (after the war),the buildings of historical importance were painstakingly and precisely replicated/ renovated. Now, you dont see any trace of damage/destruction and it looks rich enough with great art in place. Sometimes you wonder how Germany sprung up so fast after all the loss. I've indeed heard some UK folks speculating about who won the war and wondering about Germany's economy being richer than UK's and Top 3, at the moment. By the way,in Germany, people still occasionally and accidentally find bombs from World War II which didnt go off when they were bombed from the air. The recent one that I heard off, was the one in Munich, somewhere near to some office space. Even at my place, Nuremberg (which was also, one of the most bombed cities in World War II), people do come across these situations.
Wurzburg is also said to be the capital of the German wine region (Franconia). I shot some pics of those wine yard's while I was travelling to Wurzburg and here are those pics:
I reached Wurzburg after an hour of travel from Nuremberg, got my work done and started to look around the town. Here are some pics that I took when we entered and drove through:
Wurzburg has churches, cathedrals and other historical buildings which were built in Baroque/Rococo/Gothic style or form of architechture. The first thing that I saw at this place was the 'Wurzburg Residenz', which looks something like a huge palace. This is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here are some pics of Wurzburg Residenz (something like a palace) and the cathedral/church associated with that:
Here are some more pics from the garden, which is behind this 'Residenz' :
And here's the pic of the church 'Hofkirche', that is associated with this 'Residenz': (Look at the mix of old-fashioned grandeur and colorful art)
After that, I walked towards the downtown, which aint that far from the Residenz. On the way, you get to see some churches/cathedrals/museums or some other buildings with great art. Wurzburg's downtown is indeed pretty. Here are some pics, which I shot on the way:
After looking around for good enough time, my tummy was growling and so, I decided to feed it. I was just walking by and found this Indian restaurant, run by a Pakistani and had some yummy food. After that, we headed towards the fortress/castle on the hill across the 'Old Main Bridge'. Here's a pic of the castle from across the bridge:
This marienberg fortress is a castle on the hill, which overlooks the Wurzburg town and its surroundings. After reaching the top of hill, we parked the car and looked around a bit. The weather was so good and made it easy and comfy for me to look around and have a feel of that place. From the top of the hill, you can have some great views of Wurzburg and its surroundings. Here are some pics: