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The famous ruins of the Heidelberger Schloss (Heidelberg Castle) overlook the Old Town. © Heidelberg Marketing

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Exploring the city´s cultural life

In virtually no other German city could museums be housed in more suitable settings. The Museum für Franken (Museum for Franconia) in the "Festung Marienberg" (Marienberg Fortress) displays a vast variety of important works of art from Franconian artists and others who created their works within the region. The exhibition area fills a space of 5,400 square meters. The museum includes the largest collection of masterpieces of the world-famous sculptor Tilman Riemenschneider and original figures by Ferdinand Tietz from the Castle Gardens at Veitshöchheim.

The prehistoric exhibits provide insights into the time when a Celtic stronghold was built at this spot during the first century BC. Artifacts of Franconian viticulture and a costume collection in the folklore section also reward the visitor.

The Fürstenbau Museum brings alive the lifestyle of the prince-bishops. The municipal history section takes us on a tour through 1200 years of the city's development. Pride of the museum is the Schatzkammer (Treasure Chamber) with precious goldsmith work and liturgical vestments. Principal attractions of the Martin von Wagner Museum include the painting gallery, the graphics collection and relics of classical antiquity with archaeological finds from Greece, Egypt and the Roman empire.

The Museum am Dom (Museum at the Cathedral) presents about 700 works of art spanning a millennium in an area of 1,800 square meters. An innovative concept juxtaposes "old" and "new" art. In this way, for example, the works of Tilman Riemenschneider and Johann Peter Wagner are presented in the same setting with works by Ernst Barlach, Käthe Kollwitz and Joseph Beuys, as well as Wolfgang Mattheuer and Werner Tübke.

The historic setting of a 1904 grain storage warehouse on the Old Harbor and the functional architecture of the present form the exciting framework of the Museum im Kulturspeicher (Museum in the Culture Warehouse). In this living center for the art of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, visitors can explore an exhibition space of more than 3,500 square meters and experience works from Romantic and Biedermeier styles, Impressionism and Expressionism as well as works from the present time. The presentation includes both changing exhibits and the more than 250-piece collection of "Peter C. Ruppert. Concrete Art from Europe after 1945" with artists like Max Bill, Günter Fruhtrunk, Victor Vasarely and kinetic art, light objects, "Zufallsbilder" (Images of Coincidence) and computer-generated art.

Contemporary art is found at the VKU-Galerie Spitäle. The Cathedral Treasury  is devoted specially to the religious art of Franconia. Natural sciences are featured at the Röntgen Gedenkstätte  (Röntgen Memorial Institute) where Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen discovered X-rays in 1895.

Opera, operetta, ballet and drama from the classics to the contemporary are offered at the Mainfrankentheater (Main-Franconian Theater), while symphonic concerts are presented by the Städtisches Philharmonisches Orchester (City Philharmonic Orchestra).

External links:

Franconian Museum Würzburg (Franconian Museum Würzburg)
Fürstenbau Museum
Martin von Wagner Museum
Museum am Dom(Museum at the Cathedral)
Museum im Kulturspeicher (Museum in the Culture Warehouse)

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