For the first part of our day in Nuremberg, click here.
Our love for Nuremberg continued as we stopped in front of Albrecht Durer’s home, who mapped the stars of the northern and southern hemispheres and produced the first printed star charts. We loved the sculpture of Der Hase (The Hare), in homage to Durer and a satiric take on his watercolor painting, Der Feldhase.
We then walked along the Medieval wall (!) that surrounds the city and past Sebalduskirche, one of the oldest and most important churches in the city.
Since Nuremberg is known as the toy capital of the world, our visit wouldn’t have been complete without seeing the Nuremberg Toy Museum or Spielzeugmuseum. There were no pictures allowed, but it really was neat to see four floors of the history of toys going back to the Middle Ages until now.
On our way out of the city there was a little market/festival going on that we were sad to miss, but we had things waiting for us in Munich and more importantly, a train!
When we arrived back in Munich at 9pm, we had laundry to do so we found a laundromat semi-close by which was easy to take care of. What was not easy to take care of was getting in to the bathroom in the laundromat and I had a bad case of the you-know-what. Not gonna lie. I thought that was going to be the day I had go in an alley in Germany. Luckily, just as I was thinking and feeling the worst, the owner of the laundromat showed up with the key to bathroom and all was right in the world again! I know you wanted to know that story, but these are the things you are faced with while traveling! On a dead commercialized street, no restaurants, no public restrooms, and too far from our digs! Moving on.
After laundry we went for a late night dinner to the famous Hofbrauhaus (the notorious meeting of Hitler’s newly launched German Workers Party in 1920). Boy was that an experience. Loud. Clinking glasses. Singing. Music from an oompah band. Rude “beer maids”. Yelling. The worst meal of entire trip. But it was an awesome experience. We made the mistake of ordering 4 beers because we thought the waitress was asking us how many people in our party. No, she was asking us how many beers. How many MASSIVE beers. 30 euros worth of beers. Oh well. It was fun, nonetheless and I tried it! Proof below. Dan got to try headcheese based on Andrew Zimmern’s recommendation (he did not like it, Andrew!) as we got a little meat/cheese plate and the only thing edible on it ended up being the bread and butter.
And then we walked home to the pension. It was really cool to see the city at night, still wet from the rain and mostly empty. Oh and we saw another German spider.
We went to bed starving and could not wait to wake up and eat some of Christophe’s delicious breakfast at the pension.
The next day would be a somber day as we viewed Dachau Concentration Camp.
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!