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Festung Marienberg

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  • Andreas Seifert

    The fortress was built on a mountain tongue on the left side of the Main about 100 meters above the river. The west side is the only flat side of the mountain. On the north side are the gardens and allotments that were created in the course of the State Horticultural Show in 1990. The other two mountain slopes are vineyards. The small slope on the eastern flank of the castle is the Schlossberg, on the southern flank the Inner Bar. Great photo opportunities and views of the city.

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    • August 28, 2017

  • Mike 🇪🇺

    It's worth the hike. The fortress itself is a beautiful large complex with gardens, a restaurant and history. The view from the fortress over Würzburg is just as beautiful as the view over to the Käppele. This side trip is well worth it.

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    • December 11, 2018

  • Oliver

    The Marienberg Fortress is just a stone's throw from the city center on the left bank of the Main. It is surrounded by vines and looks down on the old university town with its domes, towers and bridges. Original Fliehburg of the Hallstatt period (around 1000 BC)
    Fortress Marienberg, with its rich historical past and proud appearance, is one of the most impressive architectural monuments of ancient times. Three millennia will tell the story of the mountain festivals. Already around 1000 BC There was a Celtic refuge on the site of today's fortress. The core of the later castle complex is the St. Mary's Church, consecrated in 706, the earliest sacred building east of the Rhine. The castle was founded in 1201 (the keep dates from this period) and from 1253 to 1719 it was the residence of the Würzburg prince-bishops.

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    • February 5, 2017

  • 〽️Markus

    The fortress Marienberg is located above Würzburg in Lower Franconia. The fortress was built on a ledge on the left side of the Main about 100 meters above the river. The west side is the only flat side of the mountain. On the north side are the gardens and allotments that were created in the course of the State Garden Show in 1990. The other two hillsides are vineyards. The small slope on the eastern flank of the castle is the Schlossberg, on the southern flank the inner ledge.

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    • February 25, 2017

  • Andreas Seifert

    Already in the late Bronze Age (urn field culture) and the early Iron Age (Hallstatt period) were probably fortified settlements here. After the migration of peoples, the Franks came in the 6th century. At the beginning of the 8th century, the Marienkirche, the oldest church in Würzburg, was built, in which initially the Würzburg bishops were buried, as evidenced by the grave slabs. Below the fortress to the Main there is the oldest church of the city in the valley, St. Burkard.

    The fortress has been rebuilt several times throughout history. The oldest surviving parts are from 704 (little Marienkirche).

    Around 1200, a castle with a keep and a deep well was built, the palace of Konrad von Querfurt. From 1253 to 1719, the fortress Marienberg was the residence of the Würzburg prince-bishops.

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    • August 28, 2017

  • Herbert

    The Prince's Garden at the Marienburg Fortress is a showpiece of the fortress

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    • August 18, 2020

  • Bopp

    It is especially beautiful there for sunset.

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    • February 28, 2019

  • Gerd

    706 Consecration of a Marienkirche. Around 1200 founding of the castle. 1253-1719 seat of the prince bishops. After 1600 conversion to the Renaissance castle. In the 17th century, after the Swedish conquest, the Baroque fortress and the Fürstengarten complex were added.

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    • March 26, 2019

  • 1Marianne-Fritz On Tour

    Above Würzburg on the Marienberg is the former attachment Marienberg and a former castle of the princes and bishops.

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    • December 8, 2019

  • Alexander

    A short hike through vineyards up to Marienberg is rewarded with a beautiful view.

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    • August 15, 2017

  • Susanne

    In the courtyard you can walk around in winter for free, as well as on the castle wall and enjoy a beautiful view of the city

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    • December 4, 2017

  • Susanne

    Very nice view of the city, even in winter! Free entrance to the courtyard.

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    • December 4, 2017

  • Andreas Seifert

    This ancient horse-drinking in the courtyard was probably a welcome refreshment for the stud farm of the Marstall. Worth seeing!

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    • August 28, 2017

  • Nicole 🥾

    The Fürstengarten is open Monday to 4 p.m. and Tuesday to Sunday until 5.30 p.m. From there you have a beautiful view of many of the sights of Würzburg.

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    • October 11, 2020

  • JakobusPilger

    A surprisingly spacious complex that convinces with its fortified buildings and the view of the surrounding area. Should not be left out when visiting Würzburg.

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    • August 9, 2021

  • Andreas Seifert

    The fortress was built on a ledge on the left side of the Main about 100 meters above the river. The west side is the only flat side of the mountain. On the north side are the gardens and allotments that were created in the course of the State Garden Show in 1990. The other two hillsides are vineyards. The small slope on the eastern flank of the castle is the Schlossberg, on the southern flank the inner ledge.

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    • August 28, 2017

  • Klaus

    Great fortress, free visit, museum entrance fee 1 euro. Magnificent view over the vineyards to the city and Main.

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    • October 4, 2020

  • Tevion1505 (Andreas)

    In the early 8th century there was probably a fort of the Franconian-Thuringian dukes with a church on Marienberg, which was settled since the late Bronze Age and was elevated to the status of the first Würzburg bishop's church in 741. From 1200 an unusually large castle was built, which was expanded and expanded in the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

    The storming of the castle by the Swedes in the Thirty Years' War in 1631 caused Johann Philipp von Schönborn to surround the Marienberg with a wreath of huge bastions, which significantly shape the appearance of the castle. In 1945 the fortress burned down almost completely, the reconstruction lasted until 1990.

    The Marienkirche, whose origins go back to the year 706 AD, the 40 m high keep and the well house with the 100 m deep cistern are impressive testimonies to the 1000 year history of the Marienberg Fortress.

    The 1,300 square meter Prince Garden, which was restored in 1937/38 according to plans from the early 18th century, is accessible from the castle courtyard.

    Today the "Museum für Franken - State Museum for Art and Cultural History in Würzburg" shows its rich art treasures in the armory and the prince's building. The museum is not managed by the Bavarian Palace Administration.

    Source: schloesser.bayern.de/deutsch/schloss/objekte/wu_fest.htm

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    • August 4, 2021

  • H.Benkert

    very nice place with a great view

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    • May 12, 2019

  • Andreas Seifert

    The Marienberg Fortress is a former fortification and a former prince-bishop's castle on the Marienberg 100 meters above the Main in Würzburg in Lower Franconia. It is also called the fortress of our women mountain. An older name for the complex, which served as the seat of the former government of the Würzburg monastery until the 18th century, was Marienberg Castle.

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    • August 21, 2020

  • S♍️¥e

    So much there is to discover ..... great location, you can spend a few hours here. Great photo opportunities on, around and in the fortress in harmony with the great view of Würzburg and all its beauties. During the numerous guided tours, you can even pick up one or two interesting things. An early arrival is worthwhile, because despite Corona there is really something going on, tourists as well as locals use the idyllic spot - and rightly so.

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    • August 24, 2020

  • H.Benkert

    nice place to see

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    • July 12, 2020

  • H.Benkert

    a visit to the fortress is always worthwhile

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    • July 15, 2020

  • S♍️¥e

    So much there is to discover ..... great location, you can spend a few hours here. Great photo opportunities on, around and in the fortress in harmony with the great view of Würzburg and all its beauties. During the numerous guided tours, you can even pick up one or two interesting things. An early arrival is worthwhile, because despite Corona there is really something going on, tourists as well as locals use the idyllic spot - and rightly so.

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    • August 24, 2020


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