After after exploring the walls and grounds of the Marienberg Fortress while on our honeymoon in July 2010, our thirst for castle-romping was not yet satiated. So we made our way to an entirely different sort of castle - the Würzburg Residenz, located just 1.8km away across the Main River.
(Sidenote: German has two words for castle: burg and schloss. A burg is a defensive castle, replete with ramparts, walls, moats -- just like the Marienberg Fortress. A schloss, however, is more like a palace than a castle, and the Würzburg Residenz is a perfect example of such.)
|Grand Staircase. Source.|
Outside, however, we took a multitude of photos in the gardens and under the shaded walkways. Admission is free to the gardens, but it is only 7.50 euros a person to tour the inside, so it is well worth your time and money to see both.
The Residenz was my first experience of a German palace, and as such I will always compare visits to other palaces with this one. Below are a few photos of the interior (found on various websites, sources noted) and the exterior:
|Front facade of the Residenz. Source.|
|The Mirror Room (aka, Gold Room). Source.|
|Imperial Hall. Source.|
|In the gardens|