Walking Wurzburg

Overlooking Wurzburg, Germany from the Marienberg Fortress on the Main River. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

Sunday, September 17, 2017
I always like walking tours, particularly in Europe where everything is just so darn pedestrian-friendly. On river cruises, however, my chief complaint about walking tours is that there is less walking and more shuffling along. I’ve even had so-called walking tours that have bussed guests from the pier to a drop-off point two blocks away. It always baffles me.

This might be my favorite cruise weather forecast ever. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

Today aboard Avalon WaterwaysAvalon Expression, I participated in an entirely different sort of walking tour in Wurzburg, Germany. I’d call this a real walking tour. Part of Avalon’s new Active Discovery series of adventures ashore, today’s walk was neither hard nor overly challenging, but more a pleasant, two-point-five-hour-long stroll.
Our destination? The prominent Marienberg Fortress overlooking Wurzburg from the upper banks of the River Main (pronounced, mine).
The Festung Marienberg, as it is known in German, has been a fortress since ancient times. Built around the 13th century, it was severely damaged by bombing raids in 1945 and was only fully rebuilt in 1990.

This morning, we set out on a fantastic Active Discovery hike with Avalon Waterways…Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

…to the Marienberg Fortress. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

Heavily damaged during World War II…Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

…the fortress now retains its former glory. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

Our guide explains the history of the Fortress…Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

…while guests admire the views. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

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