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“The Bishops Residenz, decadent and delightful!” 5 of 5 stars
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The Residenz
Residenzplatz 2, 97070 Wurzburg, Bavaria, Germany
+49(0)931/355170
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Ranked #1 of 44 Attractions in Wurzburg
Type: Architectural Buildings, Castles, Wineries, Cultural
Activities: Wine tasting
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This palace served as the home for Würzburg's powerful prince-bishops during the Enlightenment and is known for its extravagant artistic design and Baroque architecture.
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“The Bishops Residenz, decadent and delightful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

Wurzburg as the capital of lower Franconia rated a Bishop( a prince Bishop) and it was this influence that created a magnificent baroque palace that borrowed heavily from the French Court. Built from 1720 to 1744 and designed by Balthasar Neumann, this palace had some 350 rooms, and today about 10 are open to the public. During WW2 allied bombing damaged both wings but fortunately the main body was missed. The Grand Staircase with it's unsupported vaulted ceiling was frescoed by Giovanni Tiepolo and what a job he did. A visit here is worth just this alone.It's a great shame they don't allow photographs. One special room is the mirror room, recently refurbished at about three and a half million euros and using five pounds of gold leaf.
The palace has a lovely garden attached and a walk here down the gravel path bordered by the flower beds is recommended.
The garden entrance is framed by a pair of baroque wrought iron gates, don't miss these!

Visited July 2013
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“Must go when in Wurzburg”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

Spectacular building (both interior and exterior) and gardens. Be sure to join in the guided tours where the guide will entrall you with the stories behind each room. Also a Mozart concert venue in the summer, pity we could not stay till then. Walkable from main rail station.

Visited June 2013
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“Highlight of any visit to Wurzburg”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

The residence of the Bishop, it is an outstanding representation of the architecture of the era. One of the most spectacular small chapels I have ever seen

Visited May 2013
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“Wow!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

A spectacular palace with beautiful gardens. Well worth a visit. Get there early to miss the crowds. The gardens are stunning and may be visited for free.

Visited June 2013
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“AMAZING!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

You mustn't leave Würzburg without having seen the Residenz. This huge and breathtaking building is in the town centre, not far from the main station. You can visit the garden with its beautiful colours and magic atmosphere for free. The part I liked most is the Italian garden, the one with the stone stircases and the panoramic terrace. The ticket for the interiors is quite cheap and taking photos is forbidden. There you can admire the Tiepolo's huge fresco above the staircase: the biggest in the world! The other rooms are fine decorated (Baroque style) and you can experience the 300-year-long history of this amazing palace in northern Bayern.
What's more don't miss the Mozart Fest which takes place here between May and June: it's a wonderful music experience!

Visited July 2012
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