Würzburg Travel Tip:
Fortress Marienberg and the Old Bridge in Würzburg
The original castle on the Marienberg, a hill which was first settled in the late Bronze Age, was probably a small fort built early in the 8th century by the Franconian-Thuringian dukes, together with a church which in 741 became the first church of the Würzburg bishops. From 1200 an unusually large castle was built, which was extended during the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
Following the storming of the castle in 1631 by the Swedes, Prince-Bishop Johann Philipp von Schönborn built a circle of massive bastions to protect the Marienberg. In 1945 the fortress was almost completely burned out, and its reconstruction was only completed in 1990. On the first floor of the Princes' Building Museum (administered by the Bavarian Palace Department), is the Bibra Apartment with valuable furniture, tapestries and paintings, the Princes' Hall with early Gothic arcatures and the large Echtersche family tapestry, as well as a treasury and vestment chamber from the era of the prince-bishops. On the second floor is the Main-Franconian Museum documenting the history of the fortress and town. The 1,300 sqm Princes' Garden is accessible from the castle courtyard: it was reconstructed in 1937-38 on the basis of plans dating from the early 18th century.
Hours: Princes' Building: March 16 - October: 9 am-6 pm. Museum: April through October, Tuesday – Sunday 10am -5pm, November through March, March, Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 4pm. closed November-15 March.
Admission: Combination ticket for Tour and Museum: Adults 5 €, Concessions 4 €.
Address: Festung Marienberg, Nr. 239, 97082 Würzburg
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