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, 2020 (please note that guided tours are currently suspended due to Covid-19)
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 museum € 6,50 per person, groups of more than 15 participants € 5,50 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
The Museum für Franken im Fürstenbau 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 10 am – 5 pm,
last admission 30 minutes before closing time
Children (0 - 17 years) free admission
Groups 15 people and more € 4 per person
Entrance including guided tour of the fortress € 6,50
Museum für Franken and Museum für Franken im Fürstenbau
Phone +49 (0) 9 31 / 20 59 40
Fax +49 (0) 9 31 / 2 05 94 56
www.museum-franken.de (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.