On a lovely Sunday afternoon, my husband and I took a day trip to visit the beautiful city of Würzburg, Germany.
The city is situated on the River Main in the region of Franconia, the northern part of Bavaria and like most cities of medieval origin, it has a varied and interesting past life.
The citizenry revolted many times under the oppression of a series of prince-bishops and in 1397, Good King Wenceslaus (of Christmas carol fame) visited the city and promised freedom for the people. Sadly, he was not able to follow through. In the year 1400, troops decisively and permanently defeated the citizens of Würzburg until the fiefdom was dissolved.
The city is also the site of one of the largest peace-time mass trials in history, the Würburg witch trials. During the years 1626-1631, between 600 and 900 alleged witches were burnt as a result.
Bustling and beautiful today
The city and its surroundings are breathtakingly beautiful. We wandered through stunning parks and gardens as we made our way uphill to the Fortress Marienberg. It was refreshing not to have to wear a mask except when crossing the bridge where there’s a large concentration of tourists.
Most businesses were of course closed. But the ice cream shops did a thriving business with long lines of eager customers. We tried the wares at two different ice cream places, both delicious, but I was delighted when the man who served me at the second place gave me a wink and filled the bottom of my cone with a stream of melted chocolate. No extra charge!
Lovely ending to a lovely day
After ice cream, we found a hand-cranked vortex water fountain and gave it a whirl. Watch the video here!
We made our way back across the bridge and lounged on the banks of the Main for a while before heading home. If you know me at all, then you know I had stories and ideas sparked by the sites and sounds of Würzburg whizzing through my head the whole day long. Perhaps in the future, you’ll read something I wrote inspired by this very outing, and if you’re reading this now, you’ll have the inside scoop.
And you didn’t even have to stand in a long line to get it!
How about you? Do you enjoy a garden stroll? A chocolate-lined ice cream cone? Tell us about it in the comments.
Sounds like you had a great time there.
Thanks for sharing.
We did, Thomas. Thanks for reading!
Aww. How lovely it all sounds. Glad you’re living it up. Stay safe, Joslyn. You’re such an inspiring author.
I wish you well. I wish you miracles.
Thank you so much, Selma! I so appreciate your continuing support and I wish you all the best as well.
It appears as if Wörzburg was an awesome experience for both of you. Sehr gut. Gulfrey
Vielen Dank, Gulfrey. Thank you for reading and commenting!
I went to Peru recently .it was part mostly work but i little time to explore .This was first trip since pandemic started so really liked it ;l was able to take one of my sons ,my better half is really busy working with government so could not come. Really enjoyed the time there have not travelled for work for over a year , things are starting to open up here on the west coast of Canada so maybe soon back to normal glad you enjoyed your trip.
Hi Myles! Thanks for reading and sharing a bit about your own travels. I’m glad you got to share that experience with your son ☺
I really enjoyed reading and watching you post. This was almost as good as being there. Thank you so much for sharing and thank your husband for the demonstration. That was fun. I have never heard about the witch trials; I will be looking into that. So glad you had this adventure and shared with us. Love your writing and books.
Be safe. keep calm and write on. Cindy
Hi Cynthia, thank you so much! I’m happy that you enjoyed the post and really appreciate you letting me know about it. My warm wishes go out to you as well.
You are such a good writer and I’m so glad you had such a grand time.💕💕
Thank you, Janice! I appreciate having you along on my writer’s journey. Thanks for your support!