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Eat, drink and be merry in ancient Würzburg

Founded some 13 centuries ago, Würzburg is one of the oldest towns in Franconia. It also has a long tradition of winegrowing. The local wine was reputedly a favorite of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's.

They say that Würzburg is a gateway to the South. With its mild climate and proximity to the Main River, it has been a prime location for growing grapes since the eighth century. Many historic wine cellars are located beneath the city and can be viewed by appointment.

The Baroque Würzburg Residence is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Baroque Würzburg Residence is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The historic Old Town suffered extensive damage in World War Two but still boasts a number of must-see landmarks, from the Old Bridge over the Main River to the St. Kilian Cathedral, the Marienberg Fortress and the Baroque Wuerzburg Residence, which has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Würzburg is also a university town that has spawned 13 Nobel Prize winners, including Conrad Wilhelm Roentgen who invented the X-ray in 1895.

Click on the video below to join winegrower Ludwig Knoll on a tour of his three favorite places in Würzburg: the panoramic Stonewine Path, where visitors can find out about the history of winegrowing; the traditional Backoefele restaurant and Cafe Kairo.

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Würzburg - Three Travel Tips

Editor: Kate Bowen

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