The capital of Franconia, located at the northernmost tip of Bavaria, the lively center of Würzburg is the final stop on Germany’s Romantic Road tourist trail and a popular stop for those traveling between North and South Germany. A curious mix of the old and new, Würzburg is as renowned for its historic architecture and winemaking traditions as it is for its fashion-forward nightlife and art scene, largely due to its high proportion of students.
Würzburg highlights include the UNESCO World Heritage listed Resdienz, a magnificent baroque palace; the hilltop Marienberg fortress, offering great views over the city center from its beer garden; the 11th-century St Kilian's Cathedral, one of Germany’s largest Romanesque churches; and a cluster of ancient churches including the Gothic Church of St. Mary and the Rococo Falkenhaus.
Würzburg is also a popular base for those exploring the Franconia wine region, famous for its Silvaner white grapes, and the city is crammed with traditional wine taverns, as well as hosting the annual Würzburger Weinfest, one of the country’s biggest wine festivals. Nearby, the historic Juliusspital, Germany’s third-largest wine estate makes another popular day trip for wine enthusiasts.