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One of the most favored stops along the Romantic Road, the university town of Würzburg has a lively cultural scene and Dionysian attractions. Surrounded by latticed hills with vineyards, it lies along the banks of the Main River, presided over by its Marienberg Fortress. The city stands in the heart of Germany's Rosinenland or raisin country, and it boasts several wineries. Surprisingly it hosts the largest African Festival in Europe in late May, but more typically sponsors a Mozartfest throughout June, with many concerts in its beautiful Residenz gardens. If you arrive in summer, it seems like a season-long festival taking ...

One of the most favored stops along the Romantic Road, the university town of Würzburg has a lively cultural scene and Dionysian attractions. Surrounded by latticed hills with vineyards, it lies along the banks of the Main River, presided over by its Marienberg Fortress. The city stands in the heart of Germany's Rosinenland or raisin country, and it boasts several wineries. Surprisingly it hosts the largest African Festival in Europe in late May, but more typically sponsors a Mozartfest throughout June, with many concerts in its beautiful Residenz gardens. If you arrive in summer, it seems like a season-long festival taking place, especially along the pedestrian street of Sanderstrasse, which might be called the party street, with its lively bars and clubs. The streets near the central Markplatz also overflow with outdoor cafés. Though heavily bombed in World War II, Würzburg has been painstakingly restored in the traditional style and once again reigns as Germany's baroque city.

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  • Best Time to Visit:

    Late spring, summer, early fall