The Wuerzburg Residence is considered to be one of the three most beautiful castles all over Europe (besides Schoenbrunn / Wien and Versailles). Some even say, it’s the most beautiful of all of them because it’s a little more compact, and has a more harmonic and romantic architecture than the other two.
When looking at the map or the history, it’s just a remote place with a sequence of catholic prince bishops that did not have much political power but fertile land around. Mild climate, basically no involvement in wars (prince bishops didn’t fight for their successors), so pretty much money was left for this building. Since they were pressed to service, the people of those years may not have liked to construct it, but now it’s their heritage.
The must see are: the staircase with the biggest ceiling fresco all over the world (!), the emperor’s hall, the mirror cabinett (only on guided tours) and the green gamblers room. Please don’t just look at the decorations on the ceilings and the walls, pay attention to the marquetry on the parquet floors, too.
The rear hall is showing a retrospective of the destruction and the re-building of the Residence and the town after the attack of the RAF on the night of 16 March 1945 when their bombs killed more than 5000 people, mostly children, women, seniors.
The best time to visit this place is either in winter (cold!) when there are little visitors, so that you can enjoy it a lot for yourself, or during spring, when all the flowers are blooming. And the perfect time for the garden around it are the two Saturday evenings in June, when there are the Garden Concerts (Eine kleine Nachtmusik). But in January on a sunny day with snow, it has a special beauty. Another attraction is the wine cellar below the place in front of the castle. It can be accessed through the wine shop (when looking to the front of the castle its to the left across the street). There is a lot more to see in this small town (1300 year old city, fortress, churches, old university) where the X-rays were discovered, too.