Last weekend, we went to Nuremberg. Nuremberg is famous for several reasons: the city was the “unofficial capital” of the Holy Roman Empire, as the Reichestage and courts met there; it was the center of the German renaissance in the 15th-16th centuries, the Nuremberg rallies of the Nazis, the Nuremberg laws were (obviously) passed here (banning citizenship for Jews), the Nuremberg trials, and last, but not least, they are quite famous for their gingerbread! We had a great trip there…
We took the train (which I LOVE), and wandered and explored and tasted and explored. It was lovely, especially since it was a last-minute decision (we’d been thinking of going to the Disney Castle, Neuschwanstein, but the weather there looked distinctly un-promising), and I am VERY glad we went!
Getting off the train, we walked around the empty moat for a bit.
and took in the sculpture garden.
Santa Claus attacks Müller!
Par of the city wall around Nuremberg.
A different take on a sun dial.
hallowed halls, indeed. St. Lorenz Church (I think).
This jolly fellow was also popular with the pigeons!
A plaza in memory and honor of Aids victims. Standing in the middle of this square, I realized that I had never thought about Aids in Germany, at all. Or Europe in general… As a side note, I also realized that it isn’t just in Atlanta where people mysteriously lose only one shoe. I can say, definitively, that this has never happened to me.
Lovely tower or subway stop? You be the judge.
A mural depicting the rebuilding of Nuremberg. It was heavily destroyed in the WWII battles for Nuremberg (on 2 January 1945, 90% of the old town was destroyed in just 1 hour; Nuremberg was the spot of another 4 day battle in which hand-to-hand combat was used until it was won by the Allies). Nuremberg was an important site for the Nazis, not just because of their parade grounds that were here, but because a lot of weapons, aircraft, submarines, and tank engines were built here. As such, it was also a popular destination for Allied bombs throughout the war (at least from 1942 on).
Yep, just your average joe, wearing lederhosen through the market square.
Church of our Lady, Frauenkirche, on the market square.
The entrance to Frauenkirche. Wow…
The street leading up to the castle. A little San-Francisco, a little old-timey Germany…
Looking up towards the castle, which offers lovely views of the town. Parts of the castle go back to 1050… Other parts now serve as a hostel!
The castle was the visiting home for the Emperors of the Holy Roman Empire!
Appropriately named Schöner Brunnen (beautiful fountain), as seen in the evening. Along the bottom row, you see figures representing the Free Arts and Philosophy, the next row of figures represent the Evangelists and Latin Church Fathers, the 3rd row hosts the 9 heroes and 7 electors, and the top row shows Moses and the 7 prophets. A bunch of people kept climbing the fence around it and kissing this one place, but I haven’t found anything that indicates why several people who do this… People are interesting, folks, that is for sure!
This was one of my favorite parts about Nuremberg… so pretty!
In the Altstadt (Old City)
Nuremberg had a number of interesting statues, often depicting a lot of people in a small space in a water-faring vessel. I don’t quite get it, but it was interesting…
This fountain represents 6 different takes on marriage… All of them on top of what look to be angry beasts… I’m not sure how to take that!
There was also this rather disturbing rendition of a large bunny, with a bunch of small bunnies on the back, bursting from a crate. Again, I don’t get it, but…
You may recognize this pelican of Guinness fame. While in one of the most historic cities in Germany, we found a couple of Scottish guys drinking Irish beer, while watching South Africa play rugby. Needless to say, we had a great time! 🙂
I’m already looking forward to our next visit! We didn’t even get to go see the place where the Nuremberg trials took place! In the meantime, though, this weekend we head off – 1st stop Neuschwanstein! Then, it is Italy or bust!