2014-11-10 Monday

After breakfast aboard our ship, Odin, we visited the impressive baroque Bishops’ Residenz. This is one of Germany’s largest and most ornate palaces and another UNESCO World Heritage Site. This former residence of the Wurzburg prince-bishop was designed by architect Balthasar Neumann and built over a 70-year period, beginning in 1720. Both the massive reception staircase and overhead ceiling are considered masterpieces of desigh, made even more impressive by the Venetian artist Giambattista Tiepolo’s stunning “Four Continents” ceiling fresco. We saw several of the building’s ornate rooms, each representing a different style and highlighted by the Mirror Cabinet, painstakingly reconstructed after falling victim to massive bombing during World War II. After our tour we wandered and lunched in Wurzburg. Rain drove us back to the boat for naps.

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