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Festung Marienberg (Fortress Marienberg)

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 (c) FrankenTourismus /FWL / Holger Leue
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. Due to an extensive renovation and restructuring process that will last until 2026 access to certain areas may temporarily be restricted.  

Guided tours in English:

  • April through October 31, 2018
    Sat, Sun and Bank Holidays 3 pm

Duration: 45-50 minutes
Tickets € 3.50 per person
Groups of 15 people and more € 2.50 per person
Combi ticket: Guided tour Fortress Marienberg and Fürstenbaumuseum € 6 per person, groups of more than 15 participants € 5 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.

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, formerly the Mainfränkisches Museum. 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.

Booking Information
April through October
Tuesday – Sunday 10 am - 5 pm

November through March
March Tuesday – Sunday 10 am – 4 pm,
Last admission 30 minutes before closing time

Adults € 4 per person
Children (0 - 17 years) free admission
Groups 15 people and more € 3 per person
Combi ticket: Museum für Franken and Fürstenbaumuseum: Adults € 6,50  
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: sekretariat@museum-franken.de
www.museum-franken.deexterner Link (with event calendar)

The Fürstenbaumuseum is located in the East wing; it features the living quarters of the Prince Bishops, treasury, and a section on the city history of Würzburg.

Booking Information
March 16 through October 31
Tuesday – Sunday 9 am – 6 pm,
last admission 30 minutes before closing time

Adults € 4.50 per person
Groups of 15 people and more € 3.50 per person
Combi ticket: Museum für Franken and Fürstenbaumuseum: adults € 6,50  

Festung Marienberg
97082 Würzburg
Phone +49 (0) 9 31 / 3 55 17 50
Fax +49 (0) 9 31 / 3 55 17 25
E-Mail: sgvwuerzburg@bsv.bayern.de
www.schloesser.bayern.deexterner Link

Footpath to Marienberg Fortress
Walking time will now be around 40 minutes. The diversion leads through the leafy area of the former Bavarian State Horticultural Show of 1990 and is clearly signposted. The works do not affect the access road and the footpath from the parking lots to the fortress.



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