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.