Just below the Castle
Here we are just below the castle in Dürer Square. Albrecht Dürer (ever heard of him? Hope you have!) was a famous painter 600 years ago, and his paintings can be found in museums all over the world. As teenagers, we used to hang out up here..... Great days or, better, nights in summer. It still is a meeting place for young people from all over the world!
At Karolinenstrasse, facing St Lorenz Kirche
Formerly a fortification and the oldest residential building in Nurnberg dating back to the 13th century. Very well-preserved exterior (although it is rather austere) and a restaurant inside in case one is tired from the sightseeing.
Nice wine too :)
I get the with the 'Schönes...
I get the with the 'Schönes Wochenend Ticket' from the Deutsche Bundesbahn. It's a weekendticket for 40 DM and 5 people can use it. But you can only take Regional trains like S-Bahn, RE = Regional Expres, RB = Regional Bahn.
When you come from outside Germany take the plane and then maybe the train.
Take a Walk Around the Wall
The wall around the old city of Nürnberg is part of the marvelous history of this Franconian City. It was much destroyed at the end of WWII but faithfully rebuilt according to the medieval plans of the old city. While I have many photos of the wall, I don't have many that show the scale of the wall. In some areas it is over 30 meters high. (If you have time, the three mile walk around the wall is well worth the effort. Walk as much of the sentry walk as possible.)
Photo 1 This is an idea of the scale of the wall in Nürnberg. This is the moat in front of the main wall. I apologize for intruding on the privacy of the the man at the base of the wall. The main train station (Hauptbahnhof) is the building in the background.
Photo 2 Directly behind the man in Photo 2 is the main wall. The gate is both King's and Queen's Gate (Königstor and Frauentor). The entrance into the Handwerkerhof (Handcraft Shops) is on the far left. This was one of the 5 major entrances into the old city.
Photo 3 This is a view of the King's Stables (now a DJH hostel). You can see the depth of the moat.
Photo 4 This is Tiergärtnertor, one of the entrances through the Northwest side of the wall. It enters at the West end of the castle into an area called Tiergärtnerplatz which is also close to the Albrecht Dürer House.
Photo 5 This is the Hallertor Gate which is one of two traffic entrances on the West wall.
Tiergarten Nürnberg: The Zoo
Nürnberg's zoo is located east of the city on a hill named Schmausenbuck, surrounded by forest. The grounds formerly were a sandstone quarry where the stones for many historical buildings in the cuty have been cut. The zoo buildings, enclosures and paths are immerged in the topography of the hillside among rocks and old trees. Large areas are shady and forest-like, very pleasant on hot summer days.
The animals inhabit roomy enclosures with a lot of space to move around and enough options to hide. The zoo has a wide variety of animals from all over the world, most of the popular zoo specieses are present (no elephants, though). Nürnberg zoo takes part in breeding programmes for several endangered specieses.
- Aqua World, the complex for polar bears, sea lions, and penguins
- Dolphinarium with dolphin shows three times a day
- The big cats, bears and wolves live among the rock formations of the former quarry in an impressive landscape
Dolphins and manatees are at the moment (summer 2010) living under limited condidtions, but this is temporary. You will notice the big construction site where the "Laguna" is being built, a landscape zone with much larger, lake-like basins for the dolphins and the sea lions and also a new house for the manatees. Works are supposed to be finished in May/June 2011.
Be prepared for a lot of walking. The grounds are wide and there are some distances and ups and downs to cover. Bring a stroller if you have a small kid with you. For kids who have outgrown the stroller but are still not able, or not willing, to walk that much, there is a fun option called Bollerwagen , four-wheeled carts the kids can sit in. Kids enjoy the ride, the parent who has to pull it maybe not that much. Anyway, these carts can be rented at the entrance for 3 € charge plus 20 € deposit. Playground and kids zoo are at the far end of the grounds...
The kids zoo shows domestic animals like goats, ponies, pigs, chickens, guinea pigs and other rodents, cebus, and so on. The paddock of the goats can be entered and the goats are the only animals in the zoo that may be fed by the visitors, however only the food you buy there.
Plan at least half a day for the zoo. Bringing a picnic is allowed, even encouraged. Wooden benches and picnic tables can be found everywhere along the paths. There are several stalls where you can buy drinks, snacks and sweets (not all of these are open on weekdays, though), two kiosks and a restaurant.
All practical information like opening hours and entrance fees, feeding hours and the hours of the dolphin shows can be found on the zoo's website: www.tiergarten-nuernberg.de
More zoo photos in my travelogues:
An unusual view of the dolphin show
Baby animals at the zoo
More animal photos