Eight questions for...

Susanne Streichfuß, guide at Würzburg Residence

When I visit the World Heritage Site of Würzburg, what should I definitely not miss?

The ceiling and wall paintings created by Venetian artist Giovanni Battista Tiepolo above the staircase and in the main hall of the Würzburg Residence, the so-called Kaisersaal, or "Emperor's Hall."

What do you particularly like here?

The ceiling painting above the staircase with its size, its rich variety of figures, and Tiepolo's incredible virtuoso technique.

Do you have an insider tip?

My tip would be to visit the Residence on an off-season day. Perhaps on a snow-covered, sunny day in January. Then you can enjoy the huge treat of strolling through the rooms at your own pace, giving you a chance to study the impressive play of light and color in the decor.

What impressed you most during your first visit here?

The immense size and vast extent of the Residence and in particular the staircase.

Which time of the year is the most attractive here?

The Residence has its attractions at any time of the year, but you get to know it best when you have time to amble through the building. That way you can let the variety and the high quality of the decor work on you in peace and quiet.

What else should I see here?

The Court Gardens that belong to the Residence, and of course the chapel, which is on the south-western corner of the Residence.

Visiting World Heritage Sites means working up an appetite. What regional specialty should I try?

You should go to one of the traditional Bäcks or Spitaler wine houses and enjoy a glass of good Franconian wine with a couple of Blaue Zipferl or a Schäufle. That's a special bratwurst sausage cooked in vinegar and Franconian roast pork.

And which World Heritage Site would you like to see one day?

The ancient Nabataean city of Petra in Jordan.

Susanne Streichfuß

graduated from university in the World Heritage town of Würzburg.

After studying German literature and art history, she has worked for the department that looks after Bavaria's state palaces, gardens and lakes for some years. Among her other duties at the Würzburg Residence World Heritage Site, she is responsible for looking after visitors and providing guided tours.