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September 17, 2008

Wurzburg

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Residenz, Wurzburg

Residenz, Wurzburg

Becky’s class ended due to yet another German holiday and it was time to move on to Wurzburg. Wurzburg is at the northern end of the Romantic Road (or Romantische Strasse in German). A comfortable

Cloister, Dom St. Kilian

Cloister, Dom St. Kilian

start and another very fast drive again on the autobahn took us to Wurzburg. We arrived just after noon to find warm weather and a town jammed full of sights to see. Wurzburg is definitely a place for at least a two-day visit—not the one day that we had planned.

After checking in to the hotel, embarked on a tour of Wurzburg. You can follow our tour along through the linked pictures. Two things stand out so far (we will finish tomorrow).

The first is the most impressive Residenz—the former home of Wurzburg’s prince bishops. This palace is large, on the Versailles scale, and is exquisite condition. You’ll have to trust us on this. No pictures could be taken

Court Church at the Residenz

Court Church at the Residenz

on the inside. The Residenz, and much of Wurzburg, was bombed to the point where just skeletons of the buildings remained. Fortunately, the local residents, knowing that the bombing was coming, took out and hide in safe places much what they could from the structure. Eventually, all the pieces that were available were reasonable and careful replacements were made for the things that were missing. The result is a building that is so freshly renovated that it seems like you are walking through a new palace. The huge fresco over the grand staircase is particularly notable and survived, amazingly enough, the bombing and fires at the end of WWII. Many of the rooms are done in the over-the-top German Rococo style and some include complex and intricate inlaid pewter trim details in some

Garden view of Residenz

Garden view of Residenz

St. Johannis, a Modern cathederal in Wurzburg

St. Johannis, a Modern cathederal in Wurzburg

of the rooms the like of which we’ve never seen. There is also one rather large room with incredible acoustics. We first noticed when we heard a clacking sound while walking across the room. This turned out to be the echo from our feet on the floor. The acoustics were so good that we could hear each other whisper while standing about 100 feet from each other on the far sides of the oval room. It was pretty amazing. The attendant, an older German gentleman, noted that the room was pretty much useless because with more than two people talking in the room it quickly becomes too loud and too hard to understand what was said. The attendant also gave us a little spontaneous tour of some of the subsequent rooms, which was very nice.

The other notable feature of the tour is the wide range of architectural styles used in the construction of the churches and cathedrals of Wurzburg. You can see this in the slides in the attached link. In a very small area you see excellent examples of Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, and the Modern styles.

Ship going through the Wurzburg locks

Ship going through the Wurzburg locks

Inside Marienkapelle

Inside Marienkapelle

There were tons of bikes in town. It seemed like many were on a mission and there were a lot of bike touring (heavily loaded bikes). There are clearly some biking options here that we will not be able to take advantage of. Maybe we will get a chance next time.

We are pretty beat from the long, hot walk, so the beer today tasted particularly good. We continue down the Romantische Strasse to Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber tomorrow.

Pictures for Wurzburg:

http://picasaweb.google.com/brainbucketster/Wurzburg

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