Festung Marienberg (Fortress Marienberg)
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.
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
Note: Small groups can join the tour without prior reservation. Reservations for groups with more than 15 participants are required.
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.
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
Children (0 - 17 years) free admission
Groups 15 people and more € 3 per person
Combi ticket: Museum für Franken and Fürstenbaumuseum: Adults € 6,50
Museum für Franken
Phone +49 (0) 9 31 / 20 59 40
Fax +49 (0) 9 31 / 2 05 94 56
www.museum-franken.de (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.
March 16 through October 31
Tuesday – Sunday 9 am – 6 pm,
last admission 30 minutes before closing time
Groups of 15 people and more € 3.50 per person
Combi ticket: Museum für Franken and Fürstenbaumuseum: adults € 6,50
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.