Nestled on the Main River in the southern German state of Bavaria, Würzburg was born of the vine-covered hills of the Franconian countryside as early as 600 A.D. Today, Würzburg is a mid-size city known for its wine, universities and businesses. History and modernity intersect as tomorrow’s thinkers, doctors and lawyers grow in the Baroque palace halls of a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Würzburg Residence. The city both preserves the architecture of its past and values Fair Trade initiatives to promote sustainability for the future. With its universities and education institutions, Würzburg is a wellspring of innovation and creativity. Its diverse business world finds solid, healthy foundations on think tanks and research centers that give the city a leading edge.
A rich urban cultural scene completes life in the city. In today’s world, the arts exist no longer as a luxury or separate entity, but as something that promotes the health, creativity and connectivity of the business world and the community. In Würzburg, this often involves music. The city is home to one of Germany’s oldest music conservatories and pays yearly tribute to famous classical composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with the Mozartfest attended by music enthusiasts from around the world.
Politically, Wurzburg is a center for the administrative region of Lower Franconia and within an hour or two of other major German centers and international cities, Nuremberg, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Munich. In central Europe, Germany borders nine countries and the North and Baltic seas. It is Europe’s second most populous nation after Russia and in terms of Purchasing Power Parity, it is the leading economy in Europe and the fifth largest in the world.
In addition to a year-long high school exchange program, many cultural, sports, and citizen-to-citizen exchanges occur, such as the RPYO visit to Würzburg, the Girls’ Cathedral Choir of Würzburg visit to Rochester, a long-standing exchange between the Irondequoit Youth Soccer Club and Würzburg ‘s Youth Soccer Club. Most recently, in November 2014, the Würzburg-Rochester Sister Cities committee led a mayoral delegation of City staff and community members to Würzburg to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the cities’ bond. Using the grey arrows to the right, explore photos from the trip:
Würzburg Information & Culture
With its businesses, universities and education institutions, Würzburg is a wellspring of innovation and creativity. Its diverse business world finds solid, healthy foundations on think tanks and research centers that give the city a leading edge. A rich urban cultural scene completes life in the city.
Find out more about business, education and quality of life in Würzburg in its Sister Cities Profile.
- Rochester Federation of German American Societies - A network of local German cultural groups
- Association for Teen-Age Diplomats: Student Exchanges in Würzburg