Würzburg

Authentic beautiful towns of Germany - Wurzburg, view with vineyards and castle
Authentic beautiful towns of Germany - Wurzburg, view with vineyards and castle

Although Würzburg’s extensive history in fact stretches back over several centuries, very little here pre-dates the Second World War. In 1945 Würzburg was almost completely decimated by an Allied bombing raid which destroyed approximately 90% of the city and razed a number of historic churches, cathedrals and medieval monuments to the ground. Plans were made to leave Würzburg in its battle-scarred state after the war to serve as a reminder of the destruction caused, though thankfully these plans were cancelled and the city was painstakingly rebuilt into the Bavarian gem it is today.

Now restored to its resplendent former glory, this scenic city situated on the River Main is one of Germany’s most rewarding and interesting destinations, world-renowned for its exceptional architecture, arts and culture. Wandering the city’s renovated and rejuvenated streets and alleys is always memorable, with impressive sights and attractions to encounter at almost every turn. Among the very best are the imposing Festung Marienberg fortress, which offers fantastic views of the city and the Main; St Kilian Cathedral, the fourth largest Romanesque church in Germany; the extravagant Neumünster church; and multiple museums such as Röntgen Gedächtnisstätte and Museum am Dom. There are plenty of bars, pubs and restaurants serving delicious traditional cuisine and local Franconian wines too.

The most impressive of the city’s sights though is without doubt Balthasar Neumann’s architectural masterpiece, the Residenz Palace. Originally built in the 18th century, Würzburg’s crowning glory is UNESCO-listed and recognised as one of Germany’s finest and most important examples of Baroque architecture. As stunning internally as it is externally, the ‘castle above all castles’ boasts over 300 rooms spread across three wings, 40 of which are open to the public. Not to be missed is the palace’s spectacular Treppenhaus staircase, which is adorned by the world’s largest fresco.

Cruises to Würzburg

Beautiful landscape of the Wachau valley, near Vienna, Danube river, Austria Beautiful landscape of the Wachau valley, near Vienna, Danube river, Austria

Cities and Scenery of the Historic Danube & Main • R2104

 Mainz
Brabant
Sat 01 May 2021
12 nights
  • Embark on an epic journey spanning four countries and discover some of the Danube and Main’s most scenic regions, as well as cities bursting with rich history and culture.
  • In Germany, uncover the fairytale-esque castles, palaces and churches of Miltenberg, Wertheim, Würzburg and Passau; explore Regensburg’s medieval heart; and enjoy smoky beers in Bamberg.
  • Experience scenic cruising of the gorgeous Wachau Valley, and immerse yourself in the charms of Vienna; discover the attractions of Bratislava; and see Budapest by night.
Sorry, this cruise has been cancelled.
Scenic views into Wachau valley, Danube river Scenic views into Wachau valley, Danube river

Historic Voyage from the Danube to the Rhine • R2109

 Budapest
Brabant
Thu 24 Jun 2021
13 nights
  • Sailing to scenic regions and historic cities in four countries via the Danube and Rhine, you’re in for an unforgettable, immensely rewarding voyage.
  • See the night-lights of Budapest, and explore the Hungarian capital by day too; discover the attractions of Bratislava; and revel in scenic cruising of the gorgeous Wachau Valley.
  • Take in the charms of Passau, Regensburg and Würzburg on the Main, before finally visiting Rüdesheim – famed for its history and wines – and enchanting Koblenz on the Rhine.
Sorry, this cruise has been cancelled.
View of the historic Melk Abbey, Austria View of the historic Melk Abbey, Austria

Cities and Scenery of the Historic Danube & Main • R2121

 Mainz
Brabant
Wed 22 Sep 2021
12 nights
  • Embark on an epic journey spanning four countries and discover some of the Danube and Main’s most scenic regions, as well as cities bursting with rich history and culture.
  • In Germany, uncover the fairytale-esque castles, palaces and churches of Miltenberg, Wertheim, Würzburg and Passau; explore Regensburg’s medieval heart; and enjoy smoky beers in Bamberg.
  • Experience scenic cruising of the gorgeous Wachau Valley, and immerse yourself in the charms of Vienna; discover the attractions of Bratislava; and see Budapest by night.
Sorry, this cruise has been cancelled.