I’ve said this before, but Germany is a vastly misunderstood
country. Far too many people misjudge it as having limited tourist
opportunities when, in fact, that couldn’t possibly be further from the truth.
So, in an effort to prove just how attractive the country is
-- to ALL styles of traveler -- I’ve decided to prepare a mini series called “1
City 5 Ways,
” showcasing the multiple ways you can experience some of Historic
Highlight of Germany’s magnificent cities.
Today's post focuses on Würzburg.
1 CITY, 5 WAYS
You may know Wuerzburg as a destination popular with river
cruisers. What you may not know is that there’s a whole lot to experience in
Wuerzburg beyond what can be seen in an afternoon port call.
1) The Millennial Traveler
We know that these travelers are all about extra perks,
design and tech. And they're always on Instagram, Facebook or the latest social
media site, posting about their finds. For this set of travelers, Wuerzburg's
increasingly cool restaurant scene -- that has sprung up to meet the demands of
the city’s growing young population -- fits the bill.
My recommendation? Nushu Panasian Cuisine.
This cool, fusion
restaurant offers beautifully presented Japanese and Vietnamese inspired dishes. Visiting Millennials will feel right at home in a crowd made up of energetic German (and other European)
Millennials, who can be seen chatting away in between posting real-time snaps
of their colorful meals.
2) The Lux Traveler
Luxury travelers are all about the finer details and ambiance. And Wuerzburg’s old world class can be felt throughout the city.
For the classiest of stays, lux-minded travelers will truly appreciate a stay at Hotel Rebstock, one
of Germany’s oldest hotels. As guests walk up to the rococo building, they’ll
have the distinct sense they are stepping into a very fine establishment, indeed. Once inside, they’ll
discover 70 individually and luxuriously decorated rooms and world class staff. To top it all off,
guests can dine from an impressive menu at KUNO 1408, the hotel’s restaurant, that has been recently awarded a Michelin star.
3) The Wine Connoisseur
Wine travelers hit the jackpot with a visit to Wuerzburg. The opportunities to experience
wine culture – at restaurants, wine cellars or vineyards – are virtually
endless, year round. And during spring and summer, the city hosts at
least one wine-related festival every month.
Any time of year, I recommend a tour of one of Germany’s grandest wine cellars, the Würzburg
Hofkeller, located directly below the Wuerzburg Residenz. At nearly 15 000
square feet, it stores up to 600 000 litters of wine, many in heritage casks,
and the cellar has become a museum of sorts. Candles light the vaulted passageways where
guests can read up on wine history as they admire the cellar's grandiosity. Post-tour wine
tastings directly in the cellar are also a possibility.
4) The History Lover
From fortresses to palaces, Wuerzburg has no shortage of history in its grandest
History lovers will delight at the Marienberg Fortress overlooking the city, along the river.
Then there is Wuerzburg's Old Main Bridge (Alte Mainbrücke), built between
1473–1543 and later adorned with statues, that many compare to Prague’s Charles Bridge. And Wuerzburg’s crown jewel, the
UNESCO World Heritage listed Wuerzburg Residence, can easily occupy history
buffs for an entire day as they drift from room to room in wonder at what UNESCO
has described as the "most unusual and harmonious of all Baroque palaces.” It has been completely restored since World War II.
The Outdoor Enthusiast
Wuerzburg’s picturesque surrounds are filled with dream hiking
The best hike? As this is wine territory, the Stein-Wein-Pfad is a must. This
signposted trail through the vineyards starts near the main rail station and
takes roughly two hours round-trip. While offering gorgeous views of the area,
the path leads hikers directly through local vineyards where they can stop in for
some impromptu wine tastings, should they be craving some liquid grape