Located in Southeast Germany, Nuremberg, is the second largest city in Bavaria which very rich in history, culture, local food specialties and has risen from the ashes to become a modern, thriving and dynamic metropolis it is today.
It has seen its fair share of events throughout the centuries. In 1356, Nürnberg was chosen as the seat of the Holy Roman Empire by Emperor Charles IV. The Kaiserburg, or Free imperial City was selected because of its strategic location, right in the heart of Europe neighboring Austria, and France.
The Imperial Castle is the most recognized building and IS the symbol of the city. It was the official residence of the heads of state, the emperors.
Today it is visited by both locals and visitors who transport themselves back in time and admire the impressive views and skyline from its many lookout points.
It is very hard to believe that such a beautiful historical city was burned to the ground during World War II and moreover, it was the National Socialist Party’s meeting point in the country. Such a sad and dark period in human history but fortunately that is in the past and there is only the future to look forward to!
Visiting Nuremberg came as a much unexpected yet very pleasant surprise! To be completely honest with you, I had been to Bavaria before, to Munich and Augsburg during Oktoberfest which is by far the best party place on earth but never heard or learned about Nuremberg.
Therefore I decided to visit Tourismus Nuremberg’s website where one will find a wealth of information right at your fingertips!
I saved and downloaded a map of the city in PDF form, so that I could study it before traveling there but as you probably know, you can plan all you want, down to the details and use technology to find your way in a foreign and new city but in the end, the best way is to just let go and trust the GPS that never fails and rarely needs an update, that is your heart 🙂 So that is precisely what I did upon arriving in Nürnberg!
As I previously mentioned, transferring from the airport to the city center is a breeze and the trip takes less than 30 minutes.
Once reaching the Main Railway station or Hauptbanhof, getting around is super easy thanks to the efficient transportation system and the street signs are in German and English which definitely helps.
After checking in to Hotel Drei Raben and finding our respective Myth Rooms and we decided to freshen up after crossing the ocean! Mind you I was very much suffering from jet lag since I had not closed an eye thanks to my super flight on Swiss Air (that story to come).
Therefore I got to my super cool room, rested a bit and got ready to go out and explore the city. Since we were starving and the weather was just splendid, we decided to go out and grab early lunch and then continue our tour of AltStadt (Old Town) afterwards!
Follow me as I take you through Nuremberg through these images
Königstraße (King’s street)which is one of the city’s main pedestrian streets.
Handwerkerhof / Crafts yard
Lorenzkirche (St Lawrence Church)
Hauptmarkt (Central Market)
Frauenkirche (Our Lady Church)
Museum Henkerhaus/Weinstadel (Hangmen’s House / Former Wine Depot)
This is only the beginning. Stay tuned for part 2!
8 thoughts on “Discovering Nuremberg, Germany Part 1”
I always like to read up on a place before I go but I don’t use technology when I’m there. Much rather enjoy the moment (and I’m not great with the tech stuff 😦 ). I met a gentleman from Nuremberg once. He said it was a wonderful city but he may have been biased 🙂
I totally agree with you Jo!
I do my fair share of research before getting there but then again, you can have the most perfect & detailed plan but when you get there you just toss it and go with the flow.
I must admit I am a sucker for a traditional maps and carry a copy (the smaller the better) in my day bag or purse and refer to it just in case.
However getting lost and wander through the streets is the best way to get to know the city!
In Nuremberg, people are super nice & friendly and gladly stop to show you the way.
I don’t like using my smartphone for GPS or directions but strictly to take photos which you see here!
Ah that gentleman was right, it is a wonderful city and I can now understand why.
Hope you visit one day! It’s pretty close to you in the UK (1 or 2 hrs only) as opposed to 8-9 hrs for me. Might go back at Christmas time 😉
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