25.09.2018 - 25.09.2018 16 °C
So my body clock still not adjusted to local time - awake at 1am & dozed on & off till we both decided 6am was as good as it was going to get. Another beautiful day so decided to do a day trip to Würzburg, about 1hr by the ICE (fast) train. Ian purchased the tickets at approx 150 EUR return to find this only gave us access to the train but no designated seats - lucky for us we found a couple close together.
We arrived in Würzburg around 10am and what a beautiful city this turned out to be - another good recommendation we had received from Ian’s work colleagues. Headed to the tourist bureau and picked up a local map with suggested walking paths and listed landmarks for a day visit. The tourist bureau is located in “Market Square’ where you commence the walking tour and the start of viewing some of the landmarks - ‘Marienkapelle’ (late Gothic Period hall church, construction started in 1377 and finished in 1480) - ‘Falkenhaus’ (formerly a guesthouse, received ornate stucco facade in 1751).
We decided to tackle the walk to ‘Fortress Marienberg’, located on the top of the hill surrounded by vineyards first and headed in that direction, passing more landmarks along the way. Rather than entering at the main entrance we went in the reverse direction and had a tough walk, winding our way up to the top along the vineyards. The vineyards are on such a steep slope, we figured workers would have to be tethered in order to carry out their work. The views on the way up were sensational and the sweat and sore legs were well worth the effort. Upon reaching the top, Ian had his obligatory German beer whilst we sat and took in the views. Wondered around the fort, came to a few dead ends and then headed to what is the entrance back towards Market Square.
Had lunch at a cafe (love their bread rolls) and chatted to an elderly female resident. After resting the legs, commenced on the rest of the walking guided path and ended up stopping at a local pub before heading back to Frankfurt on the 5pm ICE train.