A Christmas market, also known as Christkindlmarkt, Christkindlesmarkt, Christkindlmarket, and Weihnachtsmarkt, is a street market associated with the celebration of Christmas during the four weeks of Advent.
These markets originated in Germany, Austria, South Tyrol and Alsace but are now being held in many other countries.
And its fantastic to enjoy these in Nuernberg w the snow ... :)
The Nuremberg Sausage is a small, thin bratwurst and was first documented in 1313 and is probably the most popular sausage in Germany, the Nürnberger Bratwürste can only be produced in the city of Nürnberg, where an "Association for the Protection of Nürnberger Bratwürste" was established in 1997. The sausage is Pork-based, seasoned with marjoram and grilled over a beechwood fire. As a main dish, they are served in sets of six, eight, 10 or 12 with either sauerkraut or potato salad, and accompanied by a dollop of horseradish or mustard. The sausages are also sold by street vendors in a bun.
Königsberg class light cruiser
The SMS Nürnberg, was a German light cruiser of the Leipzig class ordered in 1928 and commissioned in 1935. After Germany surrendered 1945 the ship was assigned as a war prize to the Soviet Navy and renamed the Admiral Makarov. The ship spent most of its war time activities serving around Norway and Germany. It was during her Russian service that in 1957 her main boilers broke down and she was re-classified a training cruiser and based at Kronstadt, in 1959, the ship was stricken from the navy records and scrapped.
We came back to Nuremberg with our dogs once again in 2011. SV BSZS (German shepherds World Championship) was held there because Braunschweig cancelled to take it for unknown reasons. Our Mirta fom Irin Hof took her 188 Seer good (Very good) in the Young dog female class (among about 350 dogs in Catalogue). We can’t say that we were happy with that result – but we weren’t guilty that her made in Russia X-ray test wasn’t approved by SV authorities … Pity...
You can watch my 5 min 51 sec Video 2011 SV BSZS Nürnberg Our Mirta and Zarina fom Irin Hof HD
and my 5 min 51 sec Video 2011 SV BSZS Nürnberg Mirta fom Irin Hof slide-show out of my Youtube channel.
When we visited Nuremberg for the first time Asslan v.Haus Schiran was with us when we walked along the city.
We also took our German shepherds on excursion to Nuremberg in 2010. Zarina and Mirta fom Irin Hof strolled along the city with us. The people who saw us on excursion loved our dogs very much, asked us about them and wished us a success in the SV BSZS (Shaeferhund Verein Bundessiegerzuchtschau-2010).
Have a look on travelogues with our dogs.
You can watch my 3 min 23 sec Video German shepherd Asslan v.Haus Schiran in Nurnberg in 2004 out of my Youtube channel.
You can watch my 1 min 59 sec Video German shepherds fom Irin Hof in Nurnberg Altstadt in 2010 HD out of my Youtube channel.
Nurember's Schoner Brunnen monument is one of the Bavarian city's most iconic symbols, even though the current site is actually a 1912 replica of an older structure.
Originally placed in the town's market, the Schoner Brunnen is an ornate stone fountain dating back to the late 14th century and incorporates elements from a major restoration completed in 1824. While the original fountain can still be found at the German National Museum, an early 20th century replica displays the imposing 19-meters-high fountain in the marketplace.
There is an amazing local custom in Nurnberg. If you turn a wonderful bronze ring which is built into the lattice of the fountain any your desire or even dream will come true.
We have checked up this legend three times: in 2004, 2009 and 2010. It works! Really!
Traditional German cookie which is very typical for the region of Nurnberg. It has a honey taste and it’s covered with chocolate. They are usually very colourful and have interesting shapes. These biscuits are very popular around Christmas
These are small thin bratwursts which are very tasty. You can find them on every corner in the center. The portion is 3 pieces in a slice of bread and costs like 2 EUR or something. They sell also other wursts and sausages but I think everyone should taste the local ones first.
Here are some specialties of Nürnberg:
The Bratwürste - Nuremberg sausages are of a special size and spice and are quite good. The best way to experience them is to have the "Drei im Weggla" - or three in a bun. There are several street vendors which sell them this way.
Lebkuchen - the round gingerbread cookies are delicious and different than American gingerbread. These tend to have a glaze over them with a different consistency. You can find these in specialty stores and often in grocery stores for cheaper.
Beer - There are many breweries which offer their own beers in Nuremberg. From what I saw, the most prominent Nuremberg beer is Tucher.
The Christkindlmarkt - Germany's largest Christmas market is quite an experience!
Another tradition is to go to the Schöner Brunnen /beautiful fountain, where you will find two rings melded around the iron. There is a legend around the ring (one is supposedly the original, though Wikipedia discounts this) and you're supposed to turn it for good luck, or for many children, depending on your interpretation.
Blue Night (Blaue Nacht) is an annual cultural event which takes place in May and is held in the centre of Nürnberg. As it starts to get darks various buildings and events are lit up with blue lights. Various buildings, museums, theatres, clubs, churches throw open their doors and hold different cultural events. There are also different events held in the open located around the city centre. You have to purchase a ticket before hand to enter a lot of the events. Though it starts at 7pm and goes on till the early hours. You need to be there after dark to appreciate all the lighting. This is the largest annual event in Nuremburg which attracts up to 130,000 people. It is also an excuse to go drinking and eating with friends. The public transport system has extended hours to take you home. If you are tempted to attend the event make sure you book a hotel room well in advance or it will cost extra if you leave it late.
During your visit at Sebaldkirche, you can take a short break and pray a little. The church offers an intimate corner where believers can write their prayers down on a piece of paper and post it up on a board. Here you see my mum writing her prayers to God.
When my parents and I saw this road sign, we wondered what it meant. Cars cannot circulate, people cannot walk, children cannot play in the street and there can be no houses!?
VT-member ralph_II explains this sign marks the end of a street where kids play, so car can drive faster from there on. Thanks, Ralph!
We saw that many people had themselves photographed while touching the ring on the railings that protect the Schöner Brunnen, so my dad photographed my mum and me. However, we didn't know why having a pic while touching this ring was so popular.
VT-member ralph_II explains that touching and turning round the brass-ring at the Schöner Brunnen means all your dreams and wishes will come true. Thanks, Ralph!
Nuernberg is often associated with a small sausage which has its name. It has a size of maximal 9 cms in length and 1 1/2 cm in diameter. There are many legends about why the sausage is so small. The most popular one is that it was invented by the relative of a prisoner. He wanted to make sure that the prisoner gets a good nutrition, so he invented a sausage which was thin enough to fit through a keyhole. Today, you can get them in different ways, with the most common one being sold by street vendors as "Drei im Weggla" (three in a bun). A couple of street vendors can be found in the old town, but it's more easy to find them on special events like the funfair or the chirstmas market. Very traditional ways are 12 of these sausages served on a pewter dish or six of them served with Sauerkraut, these are available in restaurants with typical bavarian/franconian kitchen.
You see what the most important thing is: Rostbratwürste NEVER get sold in a number which can not be divided by three. So, do not even think of ordering four of them or you'll be marked as a tourist immediately.
Many Nuremberg buildings display statues at second level predominantly religious in nature and frequently of the Virgin. The rationale - Nuremberg, in 1525, was the first major German city to endorse the Lutheran movement, a decision not entirely unanimous. Catholics placed these statues on the outside of their houses as a sign for the heavens that the occupants were still true believers. Today these statues are presumably decorative in nature but also a reminder of the past.