The day after German President Steinmeier called the State Visit a resounding success for bringing the peoples of the two countries much closer, President Michael D. Higgins visited Würzburg, “the most Irish city on the continent” according to a press release from the city’s mayor.
While in the city, President Higgins met Ms Anna Schulz, State Secretary of the Free State of Bavaria, the Lord Mayor, Mr. Christian Schuchardt, and other local leaders in a city that boasts three universities and strong cultural links with Ireland, dating back to the Middle Ages.
The Lord Mayor of Würzburg, Mr. Christian Schuchardt, accompanied President and Sabina Higgins across the city’s main bridge over the river Main. The Alte Mainbrücke, first constructed in 1476, was the only bridge to cross the Main in Würzburg until 1886 and is the symbol of Würzburg.
President Higgins was also given a tour of St. Killian’s cathedral and the Neumünster Church in Würzburg, before going on to view the ‘Würzburg 400 years’ exhibition.