Next stop: Würzburg
Experience Germany's sunniest city!
The city of Würzburg is located in Lower Franconia in the northwest of Bavaria and is well-known for its exquisite wines. With 130,000 inhabitants, Würzburg is not the largest city in Bavaria, but it sure has a lot to offer! In addition to flourishing culture and entertainment, Würzburg is characterised by its vineyards, the central Ringpark and the riverbank of the Main. The river extends several kilometres through the city and invites you to relax on the banks with its numerous trees and meadows.
Given its central location, Würzburg is the ideal starting point to explore more of Germany! In just a few hours you can reach big cities such as Frankfurt, Munich and Stuttgart. If you love nature, you will enjoy the picturesque Franconian Switzerland (“Fränkische Schweiz”), a region with captivatingly beautiful forests, mountains and cliffs. There you can go climbing, kayaking, hiking or enjoy a number of other activities.
Würzburg’s numerous restaurants, bars and cafés invite you to make life in the city an unforgettable experience.
Studying and Living in Würzburg
What to see and do in Würzburg
Würzburg has a lot to offer—so much, in fact, that we can only begin to cover some of the most interesting activities and places in Würzburg. Romantic streets, cool bars and lots of parties… we are sure you will find the right thing for you!
Where there are students, there is a vibrant nightlife scene. Different music genres, locations, theme parties… Würzburg has something to offer for everyone. Here are some suggestions to help you plan an unforgettable evening:
The Sanderstraße is a great place to start your night, inviting you to its many bars. It is right in the centre of Würzburg and only a two-minute walk from the FHWS buildings in the Münzstraße. The bar “Hoffnung” is rather small but has a fantastic atmosphere. On the weekends, different DJs play indie, rock, and pop music. If you want to watch a football game, the “Wohnzimmer” is the place to go. In this sports bar, food is served until late, and on some days the night is open-ended. The “Reuererbäck”, usually called “Reue” for short, is a cocktail bar that serves… well, fantastic cocktails.
Feiern (gehen)—partying and clubbing
The club “Zauberberg” hosts all types of parties—from 80s, 90s and 2000s music nights to theme parties, great pizza included. A smaller club called “Katze” (yes, just like the pet) plays varying types of music, such as hip-hop, reggaeton, techno and music from the 90s, 2000s and 2010s. Every Monday there is a special offer on drinks (“Getränkepyramide”). The “Labyrinth” is an alternative club that plays indie and rock music as well as all-time favourites. The former mail sorting facility “Posthalle” is not just worth a visit at night as it not only hosts concerts and parties, but also poetry slams and flea markets.
Würzburg is a city rich in culture. Whether you are interested in historic architecture or want to dive right into the vibrant city life and experience all of the festivities—there is lots to discover!
In the summer, there are many festivals in Würzburg. Perhaps one of the most exciting ones is “Umsonst und draußen”, which is a festival of art and music—and it is free (umsonst) and outside (draußen). Another interesting one is “STRAMU” (Festival für Straßenkunst). It is a festival of music, dancing, and many other activities taking place in the streets of Würzburg.
If you want to get in touch with local culture while enjoying the finest wines of the Mainfranken region, you can visit one of the many wine festivals taking place from spring until autumn. In Würzburg, many locations offer wine tastings along with local cuisine, but perhaps one of the most elegant ones is the “Hofgartenweinfest” held in the Court Garden at the Würzburg Residence.
In the winter, be sure to visit at least one of the many cosy Christmas markets taking place in Würzburg from late November to mid-December. Small market stands offer regional products ranging from local crafts, decorations and gifts to wintry candies and other local food. There will also be lots of mulled wine (Glühwein) which will warm your hands and your heart. Another great location to visit during the holiday season is Sommerhausen. The picturesque village can easily be reached by train or bus from Würzburg. Between late November and mid-December, the whole village turns into one single romantic Christmas market.
The Residence Palace is a famous landmark of Würzburg and one of Europe’s most renowned Baroque castles. It has been registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 1981 and can be visited for a small entry fee. Leading architects of Germany and France, together with esteemed sculptors, woodcarvers and painters from Italy and Germany achieved a style known as “Würzburg rococo”. The almost 400 rooms of the residence together with the church and the State Gallery contain impressive structures and frescos. Admission to the beautiful adjacent Court Garden is free of charge.
Along with the Würzburg Residence, the Fortress Marienberg is one of the most recognised landmarks of Würzburg, as it towers above the city and also is of high cultural relevance. There, the first church in Würzburg was erected in the early 8th century and later fortifications were built around it. Today, the “Museum für Franken” is an internationally renowned museum located inside the fortress, displaying Franconian works of art. For a small entry fee, you can view the paintings and take in magnificent views of the city from the “Fürstengarten”.
Speaking of beautiful gardens: there are lots of scenic places to relax if you need a break from all the studying and working and partying. And if you want to spend a cosy evening with a few friends with a scenic view, we know just the right places:
Why not pay Würzburg’s green lungs a visit? The “Ringpark” owes its name to its shape—it is formed like an open ring around the city centre, bordered by the river Main in the west. There are many things you can do in this park: Activities such as running and team sports (bring your own equipment and there you go!) are very pleasant underneath the trees, so you will not get as warm during a hot summer’s day. If relaxing is more your cup of tea: numerous benches invite you to read a book and enjoy some peace and quiet in the city centre. You could also go for a walk or meet some people for a picnic. “Klein Nizza” is an especially charming part of the park, with its ponds and flowers.
The river Main
In addition to the Ringpark, the riverbanks of the Main are also a great place to socialise outside with fellow students and new friends. Watch the sunset over Würzburg with a glass of wine and great stories to exchange with a beautiful scenery in the background! Near the “Alte Mainbrücke” there is a cosy spot from which you can enjoy the fantastic views over the Fortress Marienberg and the vineyards. Along the river, there are designated areas for barbecuing, and bathing in the river.
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