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. 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 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 »Museum für Franken« documenting the history of the fortress and town.

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.

Princes' Garden
Maschikuli Tower and Casemate

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Object information:


Festung Marienberg
97082 Würzburg
Telephone 0931 35517-50

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

General information on opening times and admission charges

Admission charges 2018

Princes' Building:
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-day tickets

All opening hours and admission charges at a glance

Guided tours

Tours of the castle
(in German; without Maschikuli Tower and Princes' Building)

Tuesday to Sunday:
10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm;
Weekends and public holidays:
11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm

Tours in English: From April to October on weekends and public holidays at 3 pm

Meeting point: Pferdeschwemme (Horse pond)

Prices for the tour
3.50 euros regular
2.50 euros reduced

Further information

Further information

Service (leaflets, photo/film, links …)

Information for visitors with reduced mobility:

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

Museums under different administration:

Museum für Franken
telephone 0931 20594-0



Franchised restaurants and hotels:

Telefon 0931 47012

Nearest railway station:


Public transport with nearest stop:

Bus to "Festung"
(April-October only)

Parking space:

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

Responsible administrative office

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

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