World Heritage #0169 – Würzburg

Last updated Nov 8, 2019 | Published on Jul 7, 2002Germany, North and Central Europe, World Heritage Sites

There are a few palaces on the World Heritage List, and this one in central Germany is not the least impressive.

The UNESCO World Heritage List includes more than a thousand properties with outstanding universal value. They are all part of the world’s cultural and natural heritage.


Official facts

Official title: Würzburg Residence with the Court Gardens and Residence Square

Country: Germany

Date of Inscription: 1981

Category: Cultural site

UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre’s short description of site no. 169:

“This magnificent Baroque palace one of the largest and most beautiful in Germany and surrounded by wonderful gardens was created under the patronage of the prince-bishops Lothar Franz and Friedrich Carl von Schönborn. It was built and decorated in the 18th century by an international team of architects, painters (including Tiepolo), sculptors and stucco-workers, led by Balthasar Neumann.”


My visit

I visited the palace in 2002 on a vacation in Germany driving along the Romantische Strasse. As UNESCO states it is magnificent but maybe I have seen too many palaces to truly acknowledge the splendour of this one. Let me just add that overlooking the palace and the town of Würzburg is the dominating fortress of Marienberg. It is also worth a visit.

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