Living in Würzburg means vineyards behind your house, a five minute drive to get out of town even from downtown, a short commute to work because everything is close by, no shortage of lovely wine festivals, cute and quaint streets and boutiques for shopping, and to top it all off: the weather usually cooperates with your plans. That’s what it is like to live in Würzburg. How lucky is that!
These three are often at play in town. Not surprisingly considering you are in the middle of a world-class winegrowing area, the city has a large university, and there are many festivals, such as the Mozartfest, the Africa-Festival, and the International Film Weekend.
Swimming in the Main River is no problem at all. The water quality is good and the water warms up nicely in the summer. You can find beautiful sunbathing areas at the Zellerau and the Sanderau where small stairs lead down to the water. If you prefer to look at the river rather than swim in it, then the lounge chairs near the Löwenbrücke Bridge just outside of town are right for you.
Würzburg is a real city really close to vineyards. Würzburg’s terroirs are world-renowned: From the “Innere Leiste” to the “Würzburger Stein” – all in all, there are seven of them.
From x-rays to blood types to the discovery of cancer-causing viruses – fourteen Würzburg University professors have received Nobel Prizes between 1909 and 2008 for their outstanding research and discoveries.
There is no shortage of parks and recreation areas: There is the 32 hectare Ringpark, the 12 hectare Hofgarten surrounding the Residenz Castle and, including the city forest, you have about 1600 hectares of greenspace.
For college students, there are Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften FHWS Würzburg-Schweinfurt, Hochschule für Musik, and the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg. The university is considered a top college in Germany and enjoys a great international reputation in medicine, psychology, biology, physics and chemistry. The FHWS has ten departments, more than 30 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, plus six research institutions. This adds up to a broad spectrum of practice-oriented college learning.
Würzburg has a workforce of 110,000 people. The current unemployment rate is 4.3 percent.
When the Baroque-era “Kranen” was commissioned at the banks of the Main River in Würzburg in 1773, locals described it as “a work unparalleled in its beauty, sturdiness, size and majesty. A great sight like nothing else along the Main or Rhine rivers.”
The Hafensommer Festival features up-and-coming as well as established artists from the worlds of music, dance and theater. And it all happens literally on the Main River, on a stage that is docked at the Old Harbor. Different and very cool.
The Hofgarten surrounding the Residenz Castle is the location of a beautiful, annual wine fest from the end of June to early July. It is simply picturesque! We recommend riding your bicycle to the festival.
… in the middle of town, near the Löwenbrücke Bridge. Get a cocktail and a lounge chair and just stay put for the rest of the summer. You can also play beach volleyball and take salsa dance classes.
Indisputably the most popular place in town. One, two rays of sunshine and just like that the entire bridge is filled with life: People enjoying a glass of wine or each other. Awesome.
You have to climb the mountain for a ways before you get your reward: The small but amazing Fürstengarten on the east side of the Fortress Marienberg. Elegant staircases, rose bushes, fountains… anything that makes the Baroque heart jump for joy.
There is a small and beautiful space of tranquility in the middle of town: The Lusamgärtchen. It is a small courtyard of a few square meters that has trees and ivy. If you desire some peace and quiet before, during or after a shopping trip, stop by here and be still.
In the summer months, the Vierröhren Fountain Square is a great place to take a break at a street café and enjoy some ice cream while watching the water-spouting dolphins of the fountain and listening to street musicians.
The city is distinguished by an organic cadre of creative service industries as well as middle-class manufacturing companies, some of which are highly specialized. The key industries, besides retail outlets, are medical and healthcare industries, creative industries and media. In short: It’s quite a mix!