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Wurzburg is in the northern end of Bavaria, just an hour down the Main river from Frankfurt. Your best introduction to the city is to climb up to the medieval fortress, Marienburg, for the view of the Old Town section, where kids can see almost all of its historical periods laid out before them. Wurzburg is the best place to begin your trek down the Romantic Road through Bavaria.
  Start your visit in Wurzburg with a trip to the Marienburg Fortress, built in bits and pieces over 700 years, it's where the city's prince- bishops lived and ruled until 1719. Enter through the Scherenberg gate through the 15th century walls. The fortress has a great commanding view of the city: give yourself enough time to visit the fortress arsenal, now a museum.
    Residenz Palace – The Residenz Palace is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, considered to be Germany's best example of Baroque architecture and one of the most ornate palaces in all of Europe. Built in the mid 18th century, among the many beautiful things in this massive palace are the hall of mirrors (echoes of Versailles!) and the frescoes by the great Venetian baroque artist, Giovanni Tiepolo, including the world's largest ceiling painting.

Walk through the beautiful gardens here (no admission fee). It's filled with sculpture and gives kids a chance to run a little after the "hands-off" tour inside.

    Take a stroll across the Old Main River Bridge (Alte Mainbrücke), built between 1473-1543 in the mid 1700s they added statues of saints. The bridge is pretty and the view is lovely, and walking across the bridge is the best way to get to St. Kilian's.
    The Cathedral of St. Kilian is one of the largest Romanesque churches in Germany. Begun in 1040 it has undergone reconstruction over the centuries right up to the 1960s. The Cathedral is filled with frescoes, stained glass, and the tombs of the prince bishops.
    Relax on a boat ride down to Veitshöchheim Castle, less than an hour away, to see some of the country's most beautiful Rococo architecture and world famous Baroque gardens (home of a horticultural research facility). This is a great way to take in the country side at a leisurely pace. Take along some snacks and make it a lunch time get-away.
Tip: If you're lucky enough to be here late May to early July, try to time your trip to take advantage of the world-famous annual Mozart Festival. Almost any time is a good time to catch a festival in Wurzburg – from the Kiliani-Volksfest with its parade of traditional costumes to the Christmas Festival of local crafts.

Fun food


If your kids love cheese and spices, you'll love the local Gerupfter,a camembert-style cheese coated in onions and spices) or try the "Wurzburger Karrnerbraten" roast beef.

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