Top 8 unmissable sights in Nuremberg
Sightseeing, delicious food, museums, a lot of history - these are all characteristics of Nuremberg, and one of the most famous Christmas markets in Europe is also held here - although this year it was cancelled due to covid. This special town still has plenty of excitement.
When it comes to Germany, the first thing that comes to mind for everyone is Munich or Berlin, and I admit, I was the same way - probably if my friend didn't move here, I wouldn't even think of visiting this beautiful city - which I can say would have been a big mistake. It's a great location for a couple of days sightseeing, with cozy little streets, special buildings, beautiful churches, and you can also find very good restaurants and bars here, and I can only recommend it in terms of shopping. And if you visit here in winter, like me, then you have to know that the mulled wine is also very delicious.
There were many interesting sights for me, so maybe this post will be a little longer than usual, but I will try to show you the most unique and exciting ones.
This fountain was one of my favorite sights in Nuremberg, with the statue depicting rotting corpse, but I will tell you more about that later! I don't know what was going on in people's mind in this town in the past, but it must have been something strange that they created arts like these. :)
This fountain was inspired by a medieval poem and shows the different stages of marriage - as we can see, the poem is not about the marriage being so much fun..
I went back to see it twice, I think it was more atmospheric in the evening when it was snowing, but for sure it is rare to see such an interesting and exciting fountain!
Albrecht Dürer's house
Dürer's birthplace is located here, which now functions as a museum, and where I couldn't get in, because they wanted to see a covid test for admission along with my vaccination papers- and I didn't want to make a covid test just to enter a museum. Never mind, the house, built in 1420, is also beautiful from the outside, and the main attraction - that is, what was most interesting to me - is the rotting rabbit statue, which was made in honor of Dürer, based on one of his pictures, in the square opposite the house. It is worth walking around and looking carefully, this is a very twisted work of art.
Just a side note that we drank one of the best mulled wines in the restaurant next to Dürer's house, which can also be seen in this picture.
Living Bethlehem right in the middle of the city center
This is obviously only available here around Christmas, but what a great idea is this?! I loved it! Moreover, we found it completely by accident.
I was just coming out of my favorite store when I was hit by a very strong "goat smell", we looked for its source: camels, llamas, goats were all there!
All the animals are rescued from the circus nd you can support them by buying and some carrots for them-which I think is a great idea. Of course, I immediately bought carrots, which the camel was most happy about, and of course he ate it all.
Saint Lawrence Church
This wonderful Gothic church, the construction of which was completed in the 15th century, is famous for its huge rose window, although its entrance was my favorite.
The Church of St. Lorenz, i.e. St. Lawrence, suffered severe damage during the Second World War, practically only the two towers remained, but it has since been restored and shines in its old glory.
From there, walking further towards the main square - it's hard to miss - we cross the city's river, the Pegnitz river. From the bridge over the river, you can see the famous hospital, built over the river in 1332 - which now houses a restaurant.
The Church of our Lady ( Frauenkirche) and the Beautiful Well
On the main square of the town, you can find the Beautiful Well (Schöner Brünnen), which can be seen from afar, so golden and so shiny, although I really liked it. A superstition is connected to it, that the golden ring on the grid surrounding the tower must be turned three times, and what we wished for will come true.
Here on the square is the Gothic Hall Church of Our Lady, built between 1352-58 - i.e. the Frauenkirche, which is truly fabulous. The Christmas market is also held in this square, which is said to be one of the most beautiful in Europe, and which was cancelled this year as well, although this is partly why I travelled here in December.
Zeppelinfeld used to be the site of party meetings, the Imperial Party Days were held here, and Hitler himself gave speeches here.
The area can accommodate more than 200,000 people.
In the picture you can see the Zeppelin grandstand, which was modeled after the Pergamon altar.
It got its name from the fact that a Zeppelin airship landed here in 1909.
Nowadays, it functions as a race track - how interesting the history is, despite the fact that today it is "just" a race track, it feels very strange to look down on this area from the main grandstand - of course, for that we also had to watch a short documentary about the place, let's understand the significance - but anyone who is interested in history will definitely appreciate this attraction.
The Handwerkerhof was built on the model of a small medieval wall, and special craft shops and cafes can be found here. It's not a big area, but it's very cozy, worth a visit.
Last but not least, I must mention the famous Nuremberg gingerbread, for which the city is well-deservedly famous - not a must-see, but not to be missed. I just admired the chocolate-covered wonders in the picture, and if I could, I would have eaten some of them, but since I have to eat glutenfree, I went to another small store for special glutenfree gingerbread -I bought 5 pieces of chocolate-covered, approximately the same size gingerbread, and by the next evening I ran out of them. I ate the whole bag - and of course I didn't give to anyone!
If anyone is struggling with the same problem and is interested in the location of the shop for the gluten-free gingerbread, feel free to write a message.
I hope I made you want to visit this cozy German town!
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Top 8 unmissable sights in Nuremberg