We spent most of our fourth day in Munich/Germany on a day trip to Nuremberg. Often regarded as the most German of German cities, it truly lived up to that. From the time we stepped off the train it felt like we were in Germany. More so than any other city we had been to yet. It was the perfect little Medieval city (with castle and walls and the whole shebang) and throw in the toy capital of the world making it a super fun and interesting day.
Our first stop was St.-Lorenz-Kirche as we ran right smack into it after getting off the train and into the city center. It was an example of Gothic purity, inside and out. Covered in details. I can’t even include everything from inside the church. Interesting to note that it was pretty much destroyed after WWII by U.S. bombs, along with 90% of the city (since it had unfortunately been chosen as the place of the Nazi war rallies during the 1930’s and many other crimes during that time).
We then went into a shop upon my insistence and bought a little nutcracker for our Christmas tree. They had a famous shop here called Käthe Wohlfahrt from the famous Christmas/Medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber and I have a real nutcracker from them now! On my tree.
There were so many interesting fountains and statues. Here’s just a couple. The first one is called the Fountain of the Virtues, depicting the seven virtues of the Middle Ages. I just discovered it is considered one of the most inappropriate fountains in Europe. Score! The second was really cool. It is called the “Ship of Fools” and is based on Sebastian Brant’s 1494 bestseller “Das Narrenschiff”.
Here we are in front of Hospital of the Holy Spirit; one of the oldest and largest hospitals of the Middle Ages. Lepers were actually kept here away from the rest of the patients and it was founded in 1332. We just thought it made a lovely picture.
And then we found the city’s main market, Hauptmarkt. I just love German markets. They make my heart happy. Nuremberg’s was especially lovely with the red striped canopies and the contrast of the colorful buildings and roofs. Also below is Frauenkirche and Schöner Brunnen, a 14th century fountain and one of the city’s main attractions.
And then there was lunch at this fine restaurant out in an open terrace on this side street off the market. We tried the traditional Nürnberger Bratwurst which is shorter and thinner than other bratwurst sausages along with sauerkraut for Dan and on a roll for me. And tasty. And the most delicious potato soup I’ve ever had. Still. And of course some soft and yummy pretzels, beer, and coke. A perfect German lunch.
We then made our way to Kaiserburg Castle which was the official residence of the German kings and emperors from about 1000-1500. We took the tour of the unimpressive Tiefer Brunnen (Deep Well) so that we could climb the Pentagonal Tower (the oldest portion of the castle dating back to the Salian kings). The view was spectacular. I just loved all of the German buildings and roofs.
This graffiti made me sad to see. People are sick. This was inside the tower we climbed which dated back to 1050.
So, that’s enough for this first post of Nuremberg. I’ll be back with the rest of our day in Nuremberg and our evening and night in Munich in Part 2!
This is a part of my ever persistent quest to finally blog about our month long trip to Europe in May of 2011. You can read about the rest of our days by clicking on “Travel” at the top!