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From: Emerald Waterways cruise review: Nuremberg-Trier

Day 3: Würzburg (2)

Würzburg Residenz

Our tour of the Würzburg Residenz began on a large square uphill from Würzburg's business district. (Click here and maximize your browser window for a larger panoramic image.)

The Residence, which was built between 1720 and 1744, served as the palace of Würzburg's Catholic prince bishops from the 18th Century until they were kicked out of power in 1806. Its most notable feature is a vast ceiling fresco by the Venetian artist Giovanni Battista Tiepolo.


Our tour began at the Franconiabrunnen, or Franconian Fountain, on the Residenzplatz.

Tour guide in Würzburg

Our tour guide warned us that we couldn't take photos inside the Residenz, so--to borrow a phrase from Victorian novelists--a veil descended upon the scene as we entered the building.

Würzburg Residence from palace gardens

After touring the Residenz, we visited the gardens behind the palace.

Flower beds and tourists in the Residenz Gardens, Wuerzburg

The gardens were filled with flower beds and visitors.

Würzburg Residence Gardens

Statue in tree, Würzburg Residenz

The topiary in the gardens held a surprise: statues that were intertwined with the tree trunks.

Guide at Staatliche Hofkeller, Wuerzburg

We'd signed up for an optional wine-tasting in the Staatlicher Hofkeller next to the Residenz, so we reported to our wine guide at the Franconiabrunnen at 2:30 p.m.

Staatlicher Hofkeller, Würzburg

Next, we crossed the street and descended a staircase into a warren of vaulted cellars lit by candles.

Casks in Staatlicher Hofkeller, Würzburg, Germany

With our fellow oenophiles, we gathered in front of huge casks while our guide supplied an historic overview of the former Prince Bishops' wine cellars.

Staatlicher Hofkeller wine-tasting in Würzburg

Next, we were led to a cellar with tables where we sat for the wine-tasting.

Wne glasses and bread in Staatlicher Hofkeller, Würzburg

Wine glasses and rye bread were waiting for us.

Menu - Wine tasting in the former Prince Bishop's Court Cellar, Würzburg

A menu listed the three Franconian white wines we'd be sampling: a Müller-Thurgau (dry), a Silvaner (dry), and a Riesling (semi-dry).

Wine in Staatlicher Hofkeller Würzburg

Bottoms up!

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Emerald Star day-by-day photo diary:
Day 1: Departure (Nuremberg)
Day 2: Bamberg
Day 3: Wurzburg
Day 4: Wertheim & Mittenberg
Day 5: Rhine & Koblenz
Day 6: Moselle & Bernkastel
Day 7: Trier
Day 8: Disembarkation (Trier)

Also see:
Pre-cruise stay: Erlangen
Pre-cruise stay: Nuremberg
Emerald Waterways cruise review: Nuremberg to Trier