Magnificent Europe River Cruise: WURZBURG, GERMANY

Wurzburg is a city in the region of Franconia, northern Bavaria, Germany. It was 90% destroyed during WWII. Over the next 20 years, the buildings of historical importance were reconstrcuted. Inerestingly, the citizens who rebuilt the city were mostly women because most of the men were either dead or prisoners of war.

Marienberg Fortress overlooking the city

Marienberg Fortress overlooking the city

Our destination was the Wurzburg Residenz, a lavish Baroque palace and UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was heavily damaged during the war, but has been meticulously restored to its former splendor. The Residenz was commissioned by the Prince Bishop, who pulled out all the stops to ensure that its decoration would attract the envy of his contemporaties and impress the Emperor when he came to visit. Much to his chagrin, the Emporer never showed up!

Wurzburg Residenz and gardens

Wurzburg Residenz and gardens

Photography is not allowed in the fortress, so the following are pictures taken from a souvenir book.

Grand Staircase

Grand Staircase

Chapel

Chapel

ostentatious

Gathering Room

The Residenz is without a doubt the most ostentatious building we have seen to date, even more so than the Palais at Versailles or the Paris Opera House. It’s hard to believe that people lived like that.

Next stop: Bamberg

 

 

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