Festung Marienberg (Fortress Marienberg)

Update February 20, 2023:
Due to renovation work, the main castle with the courtyard, keep, Marienkirche, fountain house and access to the Fürstengarten will be closed from summer 2023. Visits to the fortress are only possible as part of guided tours for groups.

The Fortress Marienberg is the most dominating feature of the city; it towers above it all. Take a tour and learn about its history.

Foto: Festung Marienberg
Foto: Festung Marienberg (c) FrankenTourismus /FWL / Holger Leue

Fortress Marienberg is visible from seemingly everywhere in Würzburg. Originally, there was a celtic palisade castle at this site. 704 AD the first Würzburg church was erected here. At the beginning of the 13th century fortifications were built around the church. The fortress was expanded and renovated several times during the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

You can join a guided walking tour covering the castle keep, the Scherenberg gate, the Marienkirche - one of the oldest round churches in Germany -, the temple above the deep well from the Renaissance period, the dungeon of Tilman Riemenschneider, and the Fürstengarten with its magnificent views of the city.

Opening Hours:

In general, the fortress complex is accessible all year round and you may visit the compound on your own and for free. Due to an extensive renovation and restructuring process that will last until 2030 access to certain areas may temporarily be restricted. The restaurant "Burggaststätten" is closed. A kiosk sells refreshments.  

Guided tours in English:  

  • April through October 31, 2023 (please note that guided tours in English are currently suspended due to Covid-19) 
    Sat, Sun and Bank Holidays 3 pm

Duration: 45-50 minutes
Tickets € 4 per person
Groups of 15 people and more € 3.50 per person

Meeting Point: Museum shop

Note: Small groups can join the tour without prior reservation. Reservations for groups with more than 15 participants are required.

You can reach the Fortress Marienberg by bus Culture Route 9, every 30 minutes (April 1 until November 5, 2023).
Information, timetables and prices at  https://www.wvv.de/media-wvv/mobilitaet/dokumente/kulturlinie/flyer-kulturlinie-englisch_online.pdfexterner Link 

Schloss- und Gartenverwaltung Würzburg
Residenzplatz 2
97070 Würzburg
Phone +49(0)931/3551750
Fax +49 (0)931/3551725
E-Mail: sgvwuerzburg@bsv.bayern.de
www.schloesser.bayern.deexterner Link

The Baroque-era armory houses the Museum für Franken. There you find an outstanding collection of Franconian art; among others the world-famous sculptures by Tilman Riemenschneider, a pre-historic collection as well as testimonials of the Franconian wine culture and a folklore section.

Opening hours
April through October: Tuesday – Sunday 10 am - 5 pm
November through March: Tuesday – Sunday 10 am – 4 pm,
Last admission 30 minutes before closing time

Adults € 5 per person
Children (0 - 17 years) free admission
Groups 15 people and more € 4 per person
Guided tours for groups on request

Museum für Franken
Festung Marienberg
97082 Würzburg
Phone +49 (0) 9 31 / 20 59 40
Fax +49 (0) 9 31 / 2 05 94 56
E-Mail: info@museum-franken.de
www.museum-franken.deexterner Link (with event calendar)

Footpath to Marienberg Fortress
Walking time will be around 15 to 20 minutes. The footpath is clearly signposted from the "Spitäle" church at the bottom of the hill.

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