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Würzburg & Frickenhausen

We spent another weekend away.  This time we met up with Christian’s fraternity brothers from college in Frickenhausen am Main, which is 20 minutes by car or train from Würzburg.  It was almost exactly a year ago that I visited a friend in Würzburg, where I took the train down for the day.  We didn’t have a ton of time to see all of the city, so I was really happy to be back in this area.  These cities are located in Northwest Bavaria, in the Franconian wine region.

A few men from the fraternity planned the excursions for the entire weekend.  We arrived in Frickenhausen by train & then walked to the old city center. 

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We stayed at the Hotel Meintzinger, which is also is a winery. 

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We arrived just in time for the evening’s event, a wine tasting at the hotel.  We tasted six different wines & they weren’t just little sips.  They gave us full glasses every time.  I wasn’t able to keep up & only tasted some of them, gave the rest to Christian or just got another glass!  They also served a beautiful & tasty charcuterie board.

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The next day we carpooled to Würzburg, where they arranged a tour guide to show us around the city.  Würzburg was practically destroyed after a bombing on March 16, 1945 during WWII.  Luckily, the city was rebuilt after the war.  Our tour guide is in the blazer, holding the black binder.  I don’t think I mentioned that Christian & I were the youngest in our group.  These fraternity brothers meet up around this time every year at a different location, for the past many, many years!  Despite being the youngest, it was a really nice group of people & we had a lot of fun!

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Würzburg has over 20 churches, each built in a different or mix of styles (baroque, renaissance, gothic, etc.)

Würzburgerdom St. Kilian was built in 1075.  This is the fourth largest Romanesque church in Germany.  Part of the church collapsed in 1946, as a result of the bombing of the city in 1945.  It was reconstructed in 1967 & is a mix of Romanesque & baroque elements.

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Marienkapelle (St. Mary’s Chapel) was built from 1377 until 1479 in the gothic style.

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Neumünster was built in the 11th century on top of the grave of St. Kilian, an Irish missionary bishop, who was murdered.

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Rathaus (town hall).  There is a small exhibit showing pictures and a model of the city after the bombing.  It is quite unbelievable & sad to see, but amazing that the city was rebuilt and looks like this now!

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The Alte Mainbrücke, is the oldest bridge over the Main river.  It was built starting in 1473.  On the bridge, there is a statue of St. Kilian.  High on the hill, above vineyards, sits the Festung Marienberg.  The fortress was built starting in 1201 to serve as a residence for the prince-bishops.

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The Weinhaus zum Stachel/Hof zum Stachel is the oldest restaurant/guest house in Würzburg, dating back to 1200.  Stachel means spike or barb & is shown in the photo below of the sign with the golden sphere with spikes.

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After visiting just a few of the churches, we took a lunch break.  After lunch, we had a tour of the Residenz.  I shared a bit more about the history of the Residenz in my post when I first visited Würzburg.  You aren’t allowed to take photos inside the building but it is almost as ornate as Versailles!

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In the evening, we went back to the hotel, where we met up with Christian’s mom.  She was driving back up to Hamburg & normally she makes a stop at our house to visit & break up the trip but we weren’t going to be home this weekend, so she met us where we were!  She joined us for dinner in Frickenhausen.  The next morning, we all had breakfast together at the hotel.  The fraternity brothers pretty much all left after that.  We went back into Würzburg with Christian’s mom.  We walked a bit around before we needed to catch our train back home.  She stayed in the city a bit longer to explore on her own.  Würzburg is a picturesque city worth a visit!

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