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Wurzburg or Nurnberg?

Just curious on anyone's thoughts about these 2 cities. We've got some flexibility in our schedule in Germany and would like to visit one of these. With our route/schedule we could be in Wurzburg on a Sunday morning (about 9am) and have until 4-5pm before departing or Nurnberg would be a day stop en route to Munich (weekday)arriving there about 10am and leaving say about 5-6 heading to Munich.

Any preferences?

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We visited both last summer. Additionally I worked in both and lived nearby while in the Army. Both cities have a lot to offer. We preferred Würzburg. My wife liked the Archbishop's Residenz. I liked best the fortress across the river with its two good museums. The altstadt is easy to explore in a day as well as the Residenz's gardens. Try a glass of the regional riesling wine.

Regards, Gary

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144 posts

We love Wurzburg so much that we bought a tiny condo there. However, you need to know that if you visit any city in Germany on a Sunday, some attractions will be closed, and you can forget any shopping. However, you can definitely get a nice glass of wine. Check to make sure the Residenz and Festung Marienberg are open if you want to visit them.

Posted by
19169 posts

I think I would have to concur with Gary Mc. I was in Würzburg and Nürnberg in October, and saw both the Residenz and the Marienberg Fortress in Würzburg as well as the castle in Nürnberg. My favorite was the Marienberg; I wasn't so fond of the Residenz.

Marienberg can be reached by streetcar, then bus from the Würzburg Hauptbahnhof.

The castle in Nürnberg is not so easy to get to. There is a U-Bahn from the Hbf with a stop somewhere near the castle, but I just walked across town. That trip took me through the square where the Christmas market is held; it was a farmer's market that day. That square is also the site of the fountain that is kind of a symbol of Nürnberg. I didn't find the castle that interesting.

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12172 posts

We really liked Wurzburg. We liked the Prince Bishop's Residenz, Chapel and especially Gardens.

I have only been to Nurnberg for a short time (saw almost nothing) so not sure I can give a good review of it.