The Romantic Road: Part Eins

Trip Start Mar 31, 2011
Trip End Jul 05, 2011

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Flag of Germany  , Bavaria,
Tuesday, May 3, 2011

We arrived in Wurzburg around 11:00 AM and stored our bags in a locker in the train station. These lockers are really convenient; they're everywhere, cheap, seemingly safe, and big enough to easily fit both of our backpacks in one. It certainly beats carrying the awful thing around all day! We got a free map from an info station and decided to follow the walking route that was outlined in red-- apparently we are not the only tourists that decide to spend an afternoon stop-over in Wurzburg. Actually, because all of these towns are on the Romantic road, I think most people spend about an hour in each place. Definitely not enough!

We wandered into Old Town to check out a few nice buildings and the beautiful Neumunster church (housing the remains of St. Kilian, the patron saint of Wurzburg). Wurzburg was blown to pieces during WWII, so most of the buildings are newly rebuild and refurbished. It only took 17 minutes to completely destroy the city! While this is sort of sad, it makes for really pristine architecture... and the Nazis certainly deserved some destruction. It was pretty cloudy, but it was also really windy so the clouds were moving fast, so we had really varying light. This means we spent a decent amount of time waiting for the sun to shine on various different structures so we could take pictures... haha!
We were really hungry, so we decided to grab some street food. What we chose to consume pretty much eliminated my standards for street food. No idea what it was called, but we ate mystery ham log (texture of Bologne) smashed between two pieces of bread with mustard. NO idea what part of the pig they ground up to put in this thing, but it tasted better than I expected. Granted, I had no expectations. But it did the trick, and we headed across the bridge to Marienberg castle/fortress.
We climbed up this huge hill on a little trail that wandered through vineyards and gardens. Apparently, Wurzburg is home to three of the four largest wineries in Germany, which is not surprising because there were vineyards EVERYWHERE. It was pretty cold and there was a bitter wind, so we tried to enjoy the view quickly while booking it up the hill. The castle seemed to survive the Allied bombings, and was really extraordinary. It's so interesting how different this castle was from Heidelberg's castle, since they are such close neighbors and probably have pretty similar histories. The view from the castle was really excellent. Wurzburg is definitely bigger than I expected, although the towns always look huge from above then take a few minutes to walk all the way across. Deceiving! 
After heading down the hill, we visited the Residenz, which is a huge baroque building designed by Neumann. It has the world's largest ceiling fresco, which we had to take illegal pictures of because there was no photography inside the Residenz. Very annoying, but we were able to sneak a few good ones. Then we headed back to the train station to head off to Nuremberg. Exciting little stop-over!
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Adrienne on

The "Romantic Road" looks like a place I need to visit. Everything is so quaint. I really appreciate how they rebuilt the town in its earlier period instead of rebuilding in a modern style.

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