Wurzburg & Frankfurt Airport
The morning started cloudy but by 9:30am there was sun shining through. We had parked ourselves last night on the street next to the hotel so after breakfast we loaded the trunk, checked out, and headed out for our last walk in Rothenberg.
We went down towards Plonlein from the Marktplatz. Picked up some last few gifts on the way down, enough so Mike had to go back to the car to unload them. Then we continued our walk to the wall, climbed up and continued where we left off yesterday. The views from the wall are beautiful. We continued for almost an hour and eventually the wall ends because at one side of the town the terrain drops off sharply, which made it difficult to impossible for enemies to attack, and thus no need for a wall.
At about 11:15am we headed back to the car and left for Wurzburg. The weather now was sunny with few clouds.
In 45 minutes we were in this immense parking lot, called Residenzplatz, right in front of the Residenz, the palace of the princes of Wurzburg, early 18C.
The palace is hugh, the entry, an immense staircase inside leads to the second floor and the ceiling covered with the largest of Tiepolo's works. We spent an hour walking through the palace, then went outside to see the formal gardens, and finally headed into the town center, loaded with churches, and a bridge over the river with statues every 20 feet or so. It reminded us of the Charles Bridge in Prague.
We took a break at 1:30pm for lunch on a square overlooking the Town Hall and a church on the square, full of people taking their breaks too, or just having the coffees and cakes and gelati. For Karen a pizza, again. For Mike, a linguini with Calamari and shrimp. We shared this huge salad and each of us had a Coke, with ice again (we asked).
We got worried for a short while as dark clouds started to build but they were moving quick and the waiter noted that it was normal for them to do this, and not rain at all. And it didn't.
So we sat, and ate, and relaxed. An older couple sat down next to us with this really huge dog with paws the size of a lions, or very close. It got everyone's attention. After we ate and started to leave I asked them what he was called and the wife responded it was a Leonebello, which is 'beautiful Lion' in Italian. Apparently too that was the species they referred to it as and not necessarily his name.
So we walked some more, looked at two more churches, and then headed for the car as it was now almost 3:30pm and the car was due back by 5:00pm.
Exiting the city was easy, and while the Garmin helps, all we really needed was to see signs for the A3, which goes to Frankfurt, and like all roads near an airport we knew would have signs as we got closer.
The rain started 30 minutes later, a downpour, slowing the drive down to just 80KPH from 130KPH. By the way, at times we're going 130, a Polizei passes us, and right on his tail are a line of cars trying to get him to go faster!. There were times when even while going 130 had cars passing us at the speed of light.
About 30 minutes later though the rain stopped, the clouds broke up, and the sun came out. We made a diesel stop to top off with 19 Km left at just under 1.49 Euros a liter, just under $8 a gallon. But our miles per liter is great.
We got into the airport and returned the car at 4:30pm and by 5:45pm were at the hotel.
So, that's it. It went too fast, at least in terms of feeling that it did. But in all honesty, when we think of our first visit back on the 14th, at Burg Eltz castle, it seems so long ago, and it helps to remember all we did and when by rereading the blog. But that's also how we know it was good, and we're happy about having done a Germany trip and all we saw. We will definitely return to this beautiful country.
We'll see you all soon.
A final Guten Nacht,
Mike & Karen
Going up to walk the walls of Rothenberg
Wurzburg - Residenz
Wurzburg - Residenz