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Bad Mergentheim - Weikersheim Castle and Gardens - Wurzburg

Price: 84.00 EUR
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Route: Frankfurt - Bad Mergentheim - Weikersheim Castle and Gardens - Wurzburg - Frankfurt
Duration: 10 h
Firstly we will visit to the Spa Town Bad Mergentheim. The first documented case of the name Mergentheim dates back to 1058. Since the end of the 12th century the Order of St. John has been based in Mergentheim. In the 13th century, the German Teutonic Order and the Dominican Order came to Mergentheim. In 1525, when Horneck Castle, which was the residence at the time of the Deutschmeister, was destroyed, the “Commandery Mergentheim” became their new headquarters. Two years later, the Deutschmeister also officiated as “Administrator of the Grand Masters in Prussia”, and with this Mergentheim became the residence of the Grand Masters and Deutschmeister. In 13th October 1826, as shepherd Franz Gehrig was grazing his flock near the Tauber, that he noticed that his sheep huddled around seepage in the ground. The shepherd carefully sampled the water – it tasted bitter and salty. The first Mergentheim spa season began on 23rd June 1829. From the most humble of beginnings the spa business developed over time and increasingly shaped the town. Bad Mergentheim is still one of the largest spa towns in Baden-Württemberg. Next we will visit the Weikersheim Palace which lies at the heart of the small town of Weikersheim. With its beautiful garden, the palace embodies the Renaissance ideal of a country estate. In 1586, Count Wolfgang of Hohenlohe took up residence in the former moated castle, and promptly ordered the construction of a new palace. With an unusual three-sided floorplan, the palace reflected the Renaissance style of the time, but foreshadowed the Baroque era that was to come. The richly decorated Rittersaal (knights' hall) is a highlight of Renaissance architecture. Dating from 1600, it is one of the best preserved halls from that era. The vast panelled ceiling, with its colourful hunting scenes, is famous. The eye-catching garden also was designed on his instructions, receiving a crowning touch - the orangery, which provides a picturesque backdrop. The most distinctive feature of the palace grounds is the many Baroque statues that populate the garden. Next we will visit to Wurzburg which is the old city on the banks of the Main River has an exciting atmosphere of baroque flair, great architecture, and a rich cultural tradition. During our visit you will see the Falkenhaus with its elaborate Rococo facade, the late Gothic Chapel of St Mary, Market Square, the historic City Hall with the Grafeneckart tower and the model of the destroyed city of Würzburg after World War II, Neumüster church, the Lusamgärtchen , Alte Mainbrücke (Old Bridge) with fantastic view of the vineyards, and the Baroque pilgrimage church "Käppele". The view from the Fortress Marienberg down to the city and the towers of the Kilians Cathedral, the New Minster, and Mary‘s Chapel is breathtaking by anybody‘s standards.There we also visit to The Residenz Castle which has been dedicated as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. The Castle is considered to be one of the main works of Southern German baroque-era architecture and it is one of the most beautiful castles in all of Europe. The former residence of the Würzburg prince-bishops is one of the most important baroque palaces in Europe. It was begun for Prince-Bishop Johann Philipp Franz von Schönborn by the then young and unknown architect Balthasar Neumann (1687-1753); the shell of the palace was built from 1720 to 1744 and the interior completed in 1780. By the time the massive building was finished, the gifted architect had also served the brother and second successor of Johann Philipp, Friedrich Carl von Schönborn. Also in the old town, will enjoy cozy restaurants, traditional wine taverns and regional Franconian cuisine. After free time we will return to Frankfurt.
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