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The Juliusspital was built in 1576 on the grounds of a Jewish cemetery. Its wine estate has grown considerably over 400 years and is the second largest in Germany. Contemporary sculptures, ancient trees and a baroque fountain designed at the beginning of the 18th century by Jacob von Auvera grace the gardens, together with a rococo pharmacy, which was in use from 1767 until it closed in 1970. The painted ceiling, pots, jars and other furnishings are original.

Every May, Wuertzburg celebrates its wine heritage in the town square. Wine princesses wander through the crowd, and dozens of booths offer delicacies such as deep-fried elderberry flowers and a variety of sausages.

The vineyards of the region — where walking tours are easily arranged — are within easy reach of the city, as are picturesque villages such as Iphofen, with its hillside vineyards, intact medieval walls and towers.

For more information, visit www.germany.travel and www.germanwines.de.