A little way down the river, Wurzburg offers a very different experience. The town’s most prominent landmark is Marienberg Fortress, where the ruling prince-bishops made their home for centuries, but the most irresistible attraction is the building the prince-bishops built once they decided the fortress was a bit passé - the Wurzburg Residence. Its gloriously baroque interiors are among the most striking in Europe, and while only 40 of the building’s 360 rooms are open to visitors, they include some of the most spectacular.
The gardens feature parterre sections, terraces, topiary, lovely wrought-iron gates, the Lime Tree Gallery where musical performances are held, cherry and yew trees, and a kitchen garden that was reconstructed in the 1990s and planted with new and historic vegetable varieties.
Away from the palace, take a stroll along the Old Main Bridge, which links the neighbourhoods on the left and right banks of the river and is lined with baroque statues of saints. On the far bank, you’ll find the Kappele Wurzburg, a pretty onion-domed church in a woodland setting.