Marienberg Fortress

Local nameFestung Marienberg
LocationBavaria, Germany

Marienberg Fortress is a prominent landmark on the left bank of the Main river in Würzburg, in the Franconia region of Bavaria, Germany. The mighty Fortress Marienberg is a symbol of Würzburg and served as a home of the local prince-bishops for nearly five centuries. It has been a fort since ancient times. Most of the current structures originally were built in Renaissance and Baroque styles between the 16th and 18th centuries. After Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden conquered the area in 1631 during the Thirty Years' War, the castle was reconstructed as a Baroque residence. After it ceased to serve as residence of the Bishops of Würzburg, the fortress saw repeated action in the wars of the late 18th and 19th centuries. Festung Marienberg was severely damaged by British bombs in March 1945 and only fully rebuilt in 1990. Today, it houses two museums.

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Opening hours

Open daily:
Apr - Oct: 9 am - 6 pm
Nov-Mar: 10 am - 4.30 pm
(Last admission 30 min before closing.)

Closed on: Jan 1, Shrove Tuesday and Dec 24, 25 and 31.

The Court Gardens
Daily: untill dusk (8 p.m. at latest)

The State Gallery: closed until the beginning of 2016 (restoration)


Adults: €7.50
Concessions: €6.50
Children (under 18): free

More information and contact


Official website


Phone +49 9 31 3 55 170

Address Residenzplatz 2, 97070 Würzburg, Germany

Coordinates 49°47'23.069" N 9°55'12.604" E

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