05 November 2020

A Week in Franconia: Marienberg Fortress

Würzburg has a very prominent landmark, the Marienberg Fortress. It is located on the left bank of the Main River, overlooking the Old Town, situated on top of a hill. So when you're in the Old Town, you will very prominently see this fortress towering on the other side of the river. I decided to check it out during my visit.

There are several paths to go up. Instead of the short and steep path, I took the long and winding path, which took me along the vineyards that surround the fortress. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I didn't realise that this area is wine country, so I was pleasantly surprised to see the landscape.

The interior of the fortress now houses two museums, yet since I didn't want to get museum fatigue, I opted not to check them out. Instead, I decided to just stroll around the courtyard and enjoy the surroundings, wandering along the walls and exploring the inner spaces of this fortress.

On one side of the fortress, there is a nice garden. This is actually the side that overlooks the river and the city, so there are splendid views of the city below on the other side of the river. This is the part where I thought that Würzburg would actually be a nice city to live in, if one wanted a little bit of peace and quiet.

I spent about an hour or so exploring the surroundings, until it was time to head back down. The rain clouds were slightly getting heavier, and so I slowly made my way back to the city, and back to the train station, so that I could catch a train heading to Bamberg, and onwards to Bayreuth.

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