If you are looking to spend a romantic Christmas holiday, Wurzburg, Germany is the place to do it.
Wurzburg is known for being the first stop on Germany’s Romantic Road. It is a city full of exquisite baroque and rococo architecture. Places to visit include the 18th century Residenz Palace which features ornately decorated rooms, an elaborate staircase and a huge fresco by Venetian artist Tiepolo. Located in the center of Franconian wine country, it is home to several wine bars, wine cellars and wineries.
The city’s historic locations are part of what made it a great choice for the filming of the blockbuster movie, “The Three Musketeers”.
If Wurzburg sounds good to you, read on to find out about the things you can see and do during your visit.
Wurzburg Christmas Market
When it comes to Christmas events, Wurzburg may be best known for its Christmas Market. It has a reputation for being one of the most atmospheric markets in Germany and it includes 100 booths illuminated with the soft glow of holiday lights.
Stroll through to enjoy the spicy smells of the season and the sounds of Christmas carols being played.
The market is open every Saturday during Advent season which spans from the end of November to Christmas Day. It’s a great place to buy mulled wine, arts and crafts and locally sourced food products. There is also a carousel for children and there are plenty of Santa sighting opportunities.
The Artist’s Christmas Market is part of the Wurzburg Market. It also takes place every Saturday during Advent season. Guests can head over to Town Square to see displays presented by over 40 artists. There are also plenty of Christmas gifts to buy including silver jewelry, handmade toys, pottery, hand knit goods and preserves.
Ride the Christmas Express
The Christmas Express is a tram that looks like a Christmas tree. It is a special kind of transportation offered by the city on the Christmas holiday weekends and it is meant to take travelers from the main station and the Sanderau district through the inner city. It stops at all the major shopping areas.
Visit the Wurzburg Residence
The Wurzburg Residence is the former residence of the prince bishops of Wurzburg. It was completed in 1780 and it has been designated as a UNESCO world heritage site.
It features stunning French chateau and Viennese baroque architecture. The owners were almost all ecclesiastical princes from the Counts of Schonborn dynasty with a passion for building. Their creative taste and professional knowledge show through in the building’s aesthetic.
Guests can walk the famous staircase to view the vaulted ceiling which features a fresco by Venetian painter Tiepolo. View the 40 rooms decorated with paintings, tapestry and 18th century furniture and décor. The gardens are also wonderful for enjoying art and nature.
Although the Wurzburg Residence does not change out its historical décor for the Christmas season, they do erect a tree in the lobby. The magic atmosphere also contributes to the joy of the season.
Visit Cathedrals and Churches
Wurzburg’s outstanding architecture carries on to its religious buildings and there are plenty of churches and cathedrals you will want to check out during your visit. One of the most remarkable churches is St. Mary’s Chapel or Marienkapelle, which is located in the central market square. It is a massive red and white building with an exquisite façade.
Another notable Wurzburg Cathedral is the Dom Saint. It is a Roman Catholic Cathedral and the seat of the Bishop of Wurzburg. It also serves as the final resting place for the city’s deceased Prince-Bishops.
The Kappele or Little Chapel is also worth checking out. Its located on a hill on the other side of the river and it is recognizable by its unique towers. As you walk up to the hill, you will pass the 14 stations of the cross. Visiting this chapel may take some effort, but it’s worth it if you have the time.
Visiting these chapels will help you enjoy the religious aspect of the holiday and they may also be offering midnight mass services.
Enjoy the Wine
Wurzburg is technically in Bavaria which is considered Beer Country so it may be surprising to find out how many wineries and wine bars are in the area. However, as part of Franconia, it is considered the heart of the wine region. You can find several vineyards below Fortress Marienberg and surrounding the city.
Wines from the region are available in a unique bottle called a Bocksbeutel which is very flat and round at the base. It is used for the best Franconian wines and it is protected by EU regulations. Its raised seal ensures the highest quality.
Wine lovers will not want to miss out on a tour of Juliusspital. This is a hospital and winery, which may seem like an unusual combination, but Wurzburg natives don’t see it that way.
The tour takes you through an underground cellar with an impressive display of large wooden wine bottles. The facility hosts wine tastings, where you can also climb inside a wine barrel to find out about winemakers’ cleaning techniques.
While there, be sure to take a tour of the gardens and stop off for a wine tasting and meal at the onsite restaurant.
The Burgerspital is another winery restaurant worth checking out. It is considered the one of the oldest and largest wineries in Germany and it has won several international and domestic awards. Take a tour of the cellars or sit down to enjoy a terrific meal.
Like Juliusspital, Burgerspital uses its profits to fund homes for the elderly, geriatric rehabilitation centers and clinics. This is why they are deserving of hospital status.
Find out about special Christmas events they may be hosting while you’re in town.
Wurzberg has a romantic vibe and terrific sites and activities that makes it the perfect place to visit during the holiday season. What will you be doing when you’re in town?