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Object description:

Aerial view
Interior of St Mary’s Church

Marienberg Fortress – Würzburg

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. The circular Marienkapelle is one of the oldest church buildings in South Germany and dates from around 1000. From 1200 an unusually large castle was built, which was extended during the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance. For half a millennium, from around 1250 to 1720, the Marienberg was the ruling seat of the Würzburg prince-bishops, who also held the title of Duke of East Franconia.

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

St Mary’s Church (Marienkirche), which dates back to AD 706, the forty-metre-high keep and the well house with a cistern over 100 metres deep are impressive monuments to an over 1000-year history.

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

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In the Arsenal and the Princes’ Building, the "Museum für Franken - Staatliches Museum für Kunst- und Kulturgeschichte in Würzburg" shows an outstanding collection of art treasures. The museum is not operated by the Bavarian Palace Administration.

Princes' Garden
Maschikuli Tower and Casemate

Current information

Construction work on Marienberg Fortress

The main castle and the inner castle courtyard (from the Scherenberg Bridge) are unfortunately closed to the public until further notice due to construction work.

The second courtyard, the so-called Echterhof, and the viewing points around the castle remain accessible and guided tours of the castle will continue to take place. Please understand that castle tours may have to be cancelled at short notice due to ongoing construction work.

The Museum für Franken remains open.


Festung Marienberg
97082 Würzburg
0931 35517-50

Opening hours

Marienberg Fortress/ outdoor area
April-October: 9 am-6 pm
November-March: 10 am-4.30 pm
closed Mondays (except: 6 January, Easter Monday, 1 May, Whit Monday, 15 August, 3 October, 1 November)

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

Museum für Franken
(The museum is not run by the Bavarian Palace Administration and can therefore not be visited with our annual season tickets and 14-day tickets!)

General information on opening times and admission fees

Guided tours of the fortress

(Outdoors; duration approx. 45 minutes; without Maschikuli Tower and Casemate)

Registration recommended:
Tuesday-Sunday 9 am-5 pm
0931 35517-50

Guided tours in English
April-October: On weekends and public holidays at 3 pm

Guided tours in German:
Tuesday to Sunday:
10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm
Tuesday to Sunday:
11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm

Meeting point: Museum shop at Echtertor

Fortress tour prices

4 euros regular
3 euros reduced

Children under 18 are admitted free of charge.

General tariff regulations (excerpt)

Annual season tickets/
14-day tickets


Unfortunately, it is not possible for people in wheelchairs to take part in the castle tours.

Getting here / parking


Bus to 'Festung'
(April-October only)

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

Further information

Administrative office

Schloss- und Gartenverwaltung Würzburg
Residenzplatz 2, Tor B
97070 Würzburg
0931 35517-0
Fax 0931 35517-25

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