Dozens of times I passed Würzburg heading to southeastern Europe on highway 3 since the beginning of the 2000's. In December 2019, on our way to the Czech Republic, we finally made a stop and I could satisfy my curiosity. We arrived in the dark at the 2nd Christmas Day, a day that is celebrated in The Netherlands. There was a nice place to stay in our campervan at the banks of the Main and we could easily dive into the city center via the Alte Main Brücke, the Old Main Bridge. 

Würzburg, 1924. Photo: Kurt Hielscher. 

Würzburg, 27th of December 2019. Photo: Casper Molenaar.

We had a nice dinner at Sternbäck. From the Old Bridge one can see the dominating Feste Marienburg from Kurt Hielscher's photo easily. I decided to wait for light the next morning to try to make his photo again, a pleasant walk on that early morning before moving on, though it remained grey that morning.  

It took me half an hour with my family waiting in the van to move on. With that little rush I missed that Kurt Hielscher took his photo from a little higher standpoint and more distant while I was focussing more on stepping to the left and right. It was amazing to see really long ships pass here on the Main river and I can not believe how skilled the captains of those ships are maneuvering them under the bows of the old bridge. I'll put a photo in the comment section of such a boat.  

Alter Krane, the Old Crane.

On the Alte Mainbrücke at night.

Brückenstatue Patrona Franconia.

Into the center with the Vierröhrenbrunnen and the Würzburger Dom.

Schlier - Modehaus in Christmas mode.

Sternbäck where we went for dinner.

And finally we walked to the Residenz Würzburg where Kurt Hielscher made another photo here in its gardens. Unfortunately, the gardens were not accessable at night, so I have to come back here another time, at daytime.

Below: View on Festung Marienberg and the Alte Mainbrücke. Photo: Casper Molenaar.

In the footsteps of  Kurt Hielscher