One of the places I just love to visit when we travel Germany is Würzburg. It’s just such a beautiful city and has many things to see and do. Usually we visit this city two or three times during our Germany trip and see different things each time.
I’m always mesmerized by the views. Totally breathtaking almost any ankle you look at. I love to stand on top of the mountain by the Marienburg castle and look down at the City. it’s just such a beautiful way to experience all the sights and sounds this city has to offer from the Main river to the people walking over the bridge it’s something I miss here in the US.
Würzburg is a city in the region of Franconia, Northern Bavaria, Germany. Located on the Main River. Würzburg lies at about equal distance (120 kilometer, or 75 miles) between Frankfurt am Main and Nuremberg.
Some History and Facts about Würzburg
In 1817, Friedrich Koenig and Andreas Bauer founded ‘Schnellpressenfabrik Koenig & Bauer’ (the oldest printing press manufacturer in the world).
On 16 March 1945, about 90% of the city full of civilians (and military hospitals) was destroyed in 17 minutes (!!!) by 225 British Lancaster bombers during a World War II air raid. All of the city’s churches, cathedrals, and other monuments were heavily damaged or destroyed. The city center, which dated from medieval times, was totally destroyed in a firestorm in which 5,000 people perished.
Over the next 20 years, the buildings of historical importance were painstakingly and accurately replicated. The citizens who rebuilt the city immediately after the end of the war were mostly women – Trümmerfrauen ("rubble women") – because the men were either dead or taken prisoner of war. In comparison, Würzburg was destroyed to a larger extent than was Dresden in a firebombing the previous month.
On April 3, 1945, Würzburg was attacked by the US 12th Armored Division and US 42nd Infantry Division in a series of frontal assaults masked by smokescreens. The battle continued until the final German resistance was defeated on 5 April 1945.
After the war, Würzburg was host to the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Division, 1st Infantry Division, U.S. Army Hospital and various other U.S. military units that maintained a presence in Germany. The U.S. units were withdrawn from Würzburg in 2008, bringing an end to over 60 years of U.S. military presence in Würzburg.
Würzburg is home of the oldest Pizzeria in Germany. Nick di Camillo opened his restaurant named "Bier- und Speisewirtschaft Capri" on 24 March 1952. Mr Camillo received the honor of the Italian Order of Merit.
Isn’t this an amazing City with a lot of history to tell? It’s only 45 minutes from my home town Kitzingen away and the next closest city to us that has a wonderful University, housing many students and Professors.
The University of Würzburg (official name Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg) was founded in 1402 and is one of the oldest and most traditional universities in Germany.
Academic disciplines are astronomy, biology, Catholic theology, chemistry, computer science, culture, economics, educational and social sciences, geography, history, languages and linguistics, law, literature, mathematics, medicine (human medicine, dentistry and biomedicine), pharmacy, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology and sociology. The ten faculties are spread throughout the city.
Today the university enrolls approximately 22,000 students, out of which more than 1,000 come from other countries.
Wilhelm Röntgen’s original laboratory, where he discovered X-rays in 1895, is at the University of Würzburg.
The University awarded Alexander Graham Bell an honorary Ph.D for his pioneering scientific work.
The Botanischer Garten der Universität Würzburg is the university’s botanical garden.
Did you know that German Universities are 100% free to attend? There are no dues at all!! The only draw back you have to have a higher education to be accepted, unlike here in the US. The free tuition is also for American Students or any International Student attending any German University. Pretty cool, isn’t it? We are currently thinking about once my Teen graduates with his AA in a year to transfer him to Würzburg to finish his chemistry studies and be with family while doing so.
Würzburg is also the home of Dirk Nowitzki, NBA Champion, currently playing for the Dallas Mavericks, did you know that? And the movie the Three Musketeers (2011) with Orlando Bloom and Milla Jovovich the King rewards the musketeers was filed in Würzburg at the Residenz and actually many other places around Germany, be sure to watch it and check them all out. It was a sight to see when they filmed.
Now you know a few facts about one of my favorite Cities in Germany; isn’t it beautiful? Isn’t the history amazing? You so have to make a stop in Würzburg if you are ever in the area and spend a day or two there and jut enjoy the views. Totally worth a trip and you will love every single corner, guaranteed!
I will have many more of our Travel posts in the weeks to come, so be sure to check back often, pin your favorite travel posts and if you missed any, no worries you can find them all in my Germany folder, you also want to make sure to visit our German Recipe section for authentic dishes that are simple to make.
I was not compensated nor asked to write this post; just merely our family vacation that I’m sharing with you, hope you are enjoying our trip.