Trip Start Aug 03, 2010
Trip End Aug 31, 2010

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

August 19, 2010 Thursday: Wurzburg

We  got up at 7:30 to get an early start to Wurzburg.  After another good breakfast we left and arrived at the Residenz about 10:30 after a couple of wrong turns in the city.  Erin has a great program on her computer called Auto Route and it has been invaluable in getting around detour and figuring where to go when we make a wrong turn.  The Residenz was built by the Prince-Bishop of Wurzburg in the 1700"s.  He wanted a larger more modern and impressive residence.  Well, this was it.  The entrance hall was big enough that a carriage with 12 horses could pull in turn around and deposit its passengers at the base of a magnificent staircase.  As you walk up the stair case you can see 28 meters above the largest fresco in the world, 18 meters by 32 meters.  It consists of a depiction of the four continents known at the time Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.  Each continent was represented by a woman sitting on an animal:  Europe = horse, Asia = Elephant, Africa = camel, Americas = alligator.   There was a white ballroom done by Bossi which was completed just before he was put in an insane asylum and died.  I now understand where the word emboss comes from.  There was a garden hall and an imperial hall. 

We took a tour and got to see parts of the residence that you normally can't see including many sitting rooms and dormitories (bedrooms.  What was really amazing was that during the Second World War they removed all the furniture, chandeliers, doors and other decorations so that they wouldn’t be destroyed.  Wurzburg was about 50% destroyed during the war.  They have meticulously restored much of the damage from the war and Wurzburg is a more modern city.

When we finished the inside we went outside to the gardens and had a snack.  I had brought McVities biscuits and jelly babies from England and we had bought apple chips in Heidelberg.  The gardens were beautiful and the gardeners were really busy as this was the first day of sunshne in three weeks. 

Next we did the Rick Steve’s walking tour of the downtown.  Our first stop was the Dom St. Kilian.  St. Kilian was from Ireland and was the first to bring the faith to Wurzburg.  He died a martyr.  The church was very large and ornate.  We came in the one side and then realized that this was only one of the arms of the church.  It was interesting to see a menorah at the back in the main aisle.  Next we saw the Neumunster Basilica right on the main pedestrian street.  We went to the Marktplatz and got a Hausmachen (homemade)Bratwurst.  We found another church of deeply contrasting red stone and white stone, the Marienkapelle.  We saw the Rathaus and then headed for the Alte Main Brucke (alta mine brooka = old bridge on the Main River).  We spent quite a bit of time there, some of it watching a barge go through the lock.  We walked back to the car at the Residenz and drove up to Festung (fortress) Marienburg.   We were quite late for the museum so we went through quickly.  We went out on the terrace that overlooks the river and the city and the view was breathtaking.  We had a beer in the biergarten which was perched on the side of the hill with a great view of the city and surrounding vineyards.

When we got back to Rothenburg we had supper at the Altfrankische Weinstube am Klosterhof which was a small, dark candle-lit restaurant.  Derek, Erin and I had roast pork with mushroom gravy and spatzle and a salad.  Larry got pork chop with sauerkraut and fried potatoes.  Another great meal.  We went back and worked on our blogs and went to bed.
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