Marienberg Fortress and Princes' Building – Würzburg

Picture: Marienberg Fortress

The original castle on the Marienberg, a hill which was first settled in the late Bronze Age, was probably a small fort built early in the 8th century by the Franconian-Thuringian dukes, together with a church which in 741 became the first church of the Würzburg bishops. From 1200 an unusually large castle was built, which was extended during the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

Following the storming of the castle in 1631 by the Swedes, Prince-Bishop Johann Philipp von Schönborn built a circle of massive bastions to protect the Marienberg. In 1945 the fortress was almost completely burned out, and its reconstruction was only completed in 1990.

On the first floor of the Princes' Building Museum (administered by the Bavarian Palace Department), is the Bibra Apartment with valuable furniture, tapestries and paintings, the Princes' Hall with early Gothic arcatures and the large Echtersche family tapestry, as well as a treasury and vestment chamber from the era of the prince-bishops. On the second floor is the Main-Franconian Museum documenting the history of the fortress and town.

The 1,300 sqm Princes' Garden is accessible from the castle courtyard: it was reconstructed in 1937/38 on the basis of plans dating from the early 18th century.

Princes' Garden
Maschikuli Tower and Casemate

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Object information:

Address

Festung Marienberg
97082 Würzburg
Telephone  (09 31) 3 55 17-50

Responsible administrative office

Schloss- und Gartenverwaltung Würzburg
Residenzplatz 2, Tor B
97070 Würzburg
Telefon (09 31) 3 55 17-0
Fax (09 31) 3 55 17-25
sgvwuerzburg@ bsv.bayern.de
www.residenz-wuerzburg.de

Opening hours

Princes' Building:
16 March-October: 9 am-6 pm
Collection on the second floor:
10 am-5 pm
closed Mondays
closed November-15 March

Closed on: January 1, Shrove Tuesday, December 24/25/31

Admission charges 2015

4.50 euros regular
3.50 euros reduced

Combination ticket
Tour of the castle/
Princes' Building
6 euros regular
5 euros reduced

Annual season tickets/
14-days-tickets

All opening hours and admission charges at a glance

Guided tours

Tours of the castle
(without Maschikuli Tower and Princes' Building)
16 March-October
Tuesday to Friday:
11 am, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm;
weekends and public holidays:
10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm; in English at 3 pm
November-15 March
Weekends: 11 am, 2 pm, 3 pm
Meeting point: Pferdeschwemme

Prices for the tour
3.50 euros regular
2.50 euros reduced

Further information

Information for the disabled:

Rooms in the fortress only accessible via staircase; round church and water well accessible for wheelchair users

Museums under different administration:

Mainfränkisches Museum (Main-Franconian Museum)
tel (09 31) 2 05 94-0
www.mainfraenkisches-museum.de

Shop:

Shop
www.kulturgut.de

Franchised restaurants and hotels:

Schänke
"Zur Alten Wache"
Tel. (09 31) 4 70 12

Burggaststätte
Tel. (09 31) 4 70 12
www.burggaststaetten.de

Nearest railway station:

Würzburg
www.bahn.com

Public transport with nearest stop:

Bus to "Festung"
(April-October only)

Parking space:

Car park and 10  bus parking spaces available (with costs)

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