Alte Mainbrücke (Old Main Bridge) was built 1473–1543 to replace the destroyed Romanesque bridge dated from 1133. In two phases, beginning in 1730, the bridge was adorned with statues of saints and historically important figures.

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Founded: 1473-1543
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Historical period: Habsburg Dynasty (Germany)

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www.wuerzburg.de

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Ioana Siman (2 years ago)
Best social activity ever! Go outdoors at the foot of the magnificent Burg and sip wine with your friends. I love that!
Mariana Tépoz (2 years ago)
Always a great walk between Würzburg downtown and the Castle. Amazing view, great wine right on the bridge. Very local friendly faces!
davy Sukamta (2 years ago)
This bridge crossing Main river is constructed in series of stone arches, with statues of saints along its course. It is the oldest bridge in the city of Würzburg. Now it is uses for pedestrian only. This bridge connects the old city to Marienberg fortress. The view from the bridge is fantastic.
Alejandro Sanchez (2 years ago)
Beautiful and amazing bridge. It has a wonderful sight and there are a few local where you can eat and drink a glass of wine. Since I visited Würzburg in winter, there are people drinking mulled wine, but apparently in summer the bridge could be really live and crowded. You have to cross this bridge to get from the city centre and the castle.
akash nair (3 years ago)
A great place to be to absorb the atmosphere of Prague. The heart of Prague if it could be called that. Very lively and very crowded. The boat ride under the bridge is a joy. Close to the old town, a must visit at night and in the day.
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