Our last stop was at Bad Wimpfen. Now, it was time to head along the A6/ E50 to Nuremberg. This highway was quite busy! Lucky I was the passenger and was able to enjoy the views of hillsides covered in vineyards. Further on, there were crops in the paddock's and large Farms with barns.
Along this highway, there were stops for travelers to pull off and have a rest and use the Toilet.
We didn't stop at one of these, but one which had a Restaurant. We weren't that hungry, so just had a light meal and coffee. Good service, good food, clean Toilets, all we needed to continue our onward journey!
For more and location: http://www.rasthausfeucht.de/anfahrt.php?lang=de
One of my all-time favorite things about German festivals is the glazed nuts that are sold by the vendors. You can typically find these yummy treats at any carnival, festival, or market where they are sold by weight.
On our visit to the Nürnberg Christmas market, we had to get some to munch on as we wandered around the various stalls. My favorite are the glazed macadamia nuts, but usually all kinds of nuts coated with a hard sugary glaze are sold. You can find them, along with various other sweet treats (like rock hard Lebkuchen hearts on a string) at most markets. And I usually smell them before I see them! When in Germany, you must try these snacks!
Nürnberg is famous for its Lebkuchen, a spicy gingerbread cookie that is sold each year during the Christmas season. This specialty of Nürnberg is baked, packaged, and sold around the world in specialty tins. While there are several different varieties, including chocolate covered, I like the traditional the best.
While Hubby and I were at the Christmas market in Nürnberg, we had some freshly baked Lebkuchen from one of the vendors…so much better than the pre-packaged kind! It is a little chewy, but very good. There are Lebkuchen shops around the city that are open year-round, so you can enjoy this treat even if you are in Nürnberg in the summertime. This is another Nürnberg specialty that it would be a shame to leave the city without trying.
One of the traditional favorites of Nürnberg is the short, thin bratwurst sausages. Cooked on a grill, these smaller than regular bratwurst are a little spicier and typically served up in threes inside a small roll; “Drei im Weggla” (three sausages in a roll) is how Nürnberger sausages are sold at festivals and the annual Christmas market.
The “Nürnberger Roast Sausage” is a protected name and only the city of Nürnberg can produce them (thanks to an EU ruling).
We had Drei im Weggla for dinner when we went to the Nürnberg Christmas market; and after leaving Hubby for a few minutes, I returned to find that he had purchased a second Drei im Weggla! Definitely something that visitors should try at least once while in Nürnberg – easy and inexpensive – it’s tradition!
We stopped into the Tourist Information Office opposite the train station so I could buy my little Dürer Playmobil souvenir, which I had seen online after my first trip to Nürnberg and learned that it could only be purchased at the Nürnberg TIs. After quickly and easily finding what I came to get, I looked around the office, which had a wide assortment of souvenirs for purchase as well as maps, brochures and assorted information about Nürnberg.
Hubby had already struck up a conversation with one of the staff in the office and was getting a map and information about the Christmas market. The woman was extremely helpful and friendly, spoke English, and we left feeling that we’d accomplished everything we came to do. With Dürer safely tucked into my camera bag, we were off to the Christmas market.
Open: Monday to Saturday: 0900-1900, Sunday: 1000-1600.
TIs are located opposite the main train station - Königstraße 93, 90402 Nürnberg OR
on the Main Market Square, Hauptmarkt 18 - 90403 Nürnberg
+49 0911 23 360
Favorite thing: The city was first mentioned in 1050 with the recording of a freed serf by the name of Sigena and received a charter in 1219, by the end of the 13th century Nürnberg was made a free imperial city. During the late 15th and early 16th century the city became one of the great trade centres on the route from Italy to Northern Europe. In 1806 Nürnberg became part of Bavaria.
I have HORSCHECK to thank for introducing me to the 'In Your Pocket' series of tour guides, which we first had the opportunity to 'road test' in Tallinn (when the hotel we stayed in provided a copy of Tallinn In Your Pocket in each room).
For my money, it's a much more useful travel guide than the Lonely Planet or Rough Guides that we tend to use when we travel. In many ways, it's an unfair comparison, as the 'In Your Pocket' series focus on a single city, and are updated every couple of months, so, as you would expect, it is more current - particularly on events - and can provide information on a wider range of attractions than a regional guide which is only updated every couple of years. Also, you do have to have identified the city (rather than just the country) that you want to visit before the In Your Pocket guides come into their own, so I would suggest using a conventional tour guide for your initial planning and then supplementing this with the more local insight these publications offer.
For me, the strength of this guide is that it is written by English-speaking writers who are resident in the city. This means that the descriptions are livelier than often awkwardly phrased tourist material which is clearly translated from another language. I also thought that the mix of attractions and events listed was varied and would appeal to a range of interests and ages.
At present, the In Your Pocket series tends to focus on cities in Central and Eastern Europe, although new titles are continually being added.
For the Nuremberg (note the English spelling) guide, follow this link: http://www.inyourpocket.com/germany/nuremberg
Nuremberg is situated on the Pegnitz River and the Rhine–Main–Danube Canal.
The Pegnitz is a small river in Franconia in the German federal state of Bavaria. The Pegnitz meets the Rednitz northwest of Fürth. From that point on the river is called Regnitz.
From the bridges over the Pegnitz in Nuremberg, particularly the Maxbrücke, the Weinstadel Bridge and the Henkersteg, you will find very fine views of the Old Town.
You can watch my high resolution photo of Nuremberg on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 49˚ 27' 14.99" N˚ 11° 4' 14.83" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Pegnitz.
Nuremberg (Nürnberg) is Franconia's largest city.
Nuremberg was probably founded around the turn of the 11th century, according to the first documentary mention of the city in 1050, as the location of an Imperial castle.
Nuremberg is often referred to as having been the 'unofficial capital' of the Holy Roman Empire, particularly because Reichstage (Imperial Diets) and courts met at Nuremberg Castle.
Nuremberg held great significance during the Nazi Germany era. Because of the city's relevance to the Holy Roman Empire and its position in the centre of Germany, the Nazi Party chose the city to be the site of huge Nazi Party conventions — the Nuremberg rallies. The rallies were held annually from 1927 to 1938 in Nuremberg.
Between 1945 and 1946 German officials involved war crimes were brought before an international tribunal in the Nuremberg Trials though the Soviet Union had wanted these trials to take place in Berlin.
You can watch my high resolution photo of Nuremberg on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 49° 25' 47.04" N 11° 6' 40.36" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Altstadt aerial view .
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Until World War II Nürnberg was the best-preserved medieval city in Germany and considered the most “German” place of all, which was why the Nazis selected it as location of their party rallies. The romantic idea of the “Master Singers” like in Wagner’s opera and the memories of a proud past as one of the wealthiest free imperial cities in the Holy Roman Empire added theirs.
However, do not expect to see that much medieval architecture in Nürnberg’s old town. A model in Fembohaus museum shows what it looked like at the end of the war: 80% were smashed to ashes and rubble. Being an industrial centre and train hub made Nürnberg a target, being the symbolic centre of Nazi propaganda made it a top priority target for allied bombers.
The castle and city walls survived the air raids with not too severe damage. However, most of the centre had to be rebuilt from scratch. Post-war city planners in Nürnberg followed an extremely conservative approach which was not applauded by everyone. All streets and outlines of the houses were copied. Few important buildings have been reconstructed, though. The majority of the houses in the old town are post-war buildings that somehow pretend to be, but aren’t, like the pre-war appearance. A closer look reveals the uniform faceless 1950s facades with maybe the copy of a medieval Madonna or a renaissance oriel attached to it.
This is the official website of the city of Nuremberg. General info on the city, spots of tourist's interest, guided tours, what's on, etc. Also in Englisch.
For those who know German. This is the online newspaper of Nuremberg:
Website of the Nuremberg fair:
Fondest memory: Sebaldkirche houses a series of black and white photos taken after the WWII bombing. The title of this permanent exhibition is Sebaldkirche: ein Denkmal für den Frieden ("Sebald church: a monument to peace"). If you understand German, you can also read some facts and thoughts under the photos.
Nuremberg toy fair (Numberger Spielwarenmesse) is held every year in the month of February. It is rated as the biggest toy fair in the world. More than 2500 toy manufacturers from all over the world exhibit their best toys during the fair. The lay out of toy fair have been improved in 2007. As per this lay out technical side is on the east, traditional toys in the south, micellaneous items on the west and games section on the north.
!n 2008, the fair shall commence on 7 Febrary and shall last till 12 February.
The entry ticket costs Euro 20/- per person for one day. With a Euro 45/- ticket, you can visit the fair on all days. Advance booking costs slightly less.
Don't miss the Nuremberg Toy Fair if you are in or around Nuremberg during this period.
Children wiil be delighted to go for the fair. Chinese toys are cheaper compared to others and may suit most of the peoples budget.
Nuremberg is home to unnumerable festivals throughout the year, perhaps the Altstadtfest one of the best known. Held for 10 days in September since 1971, it is Germany's largest folklore event in Germany with over 1 million visitors. Featured are all varieties of muscial concerts including folk, jazz, pop, and rock. The fischerstechen, a jousting competition on the river, and fireworks displays round out the offerings. Plays by Nuremberg native Hans Sachs are featured. Overall there are at least 60 events over 10 days, allegedly with more than 800 participants.
Hans Sachs ( 1492 - 1576 ) was a famed singer and playwright best noted for his comedies created especially for festivals. By trade he was a shoemaker living on the square carrying his name. He was also an early convert to Protestant faith. The festival is, at least in part, an annual tribute.
The Hans Sachs Platz and neighboring Schutt Island in the Pegnitz are filled with surprisingly substantive restaurants and beer halls with long communal outdoor tables and some inside dining. The restaurants facades feature assorted autumn-like scenes over their entrances. And they are all mobbed.
After walking throughout, we could not find two outdoor seats and ended up having to eat inside at one of the few places with any vacant seats at all. We ate at Sissy's on the Insel Schutt - spicy Nuremberger Bratwursts and the best tastiest sauerkraut ever, washed down with Erdinger beer. For dessert, we joined a long queue for individually made crepes at a walk up stand and sat on benches overlooking one fork of the river. From what we overheard, we may have been the only non-German speaking people at this remarkable gathering - an unanticipated great experience far off the typical tourist path. Held in the weeks preceding Munich's renowned Oktoberfest, this precursor event seemed far more cultured and presumably far less drunken than its more famous competitor.
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