"Nuremberg shines throughout Germany like a sun among the moon and stars." Martin Luther
|Half timbered houses in the Alstadt|
After the war Nuremberg was rebuilt from the ground up using the same stones that were the foundation of the old structures. What we see today is a faithful reconstruction of Nuremberg's glorious past. In the image above, restored half-timbered houses dot the Alstadt.
|Saint Lorenz Church|
|Heilig Geist Spital|
The Heilig Geist Spital was a former hospital for the sick and elderly. It now houses a restaurant. It makes a pretty picture with the Pegnitz river running underneath the building.
The Schöner Brunnen (beautiful fountain) was erected between 1385-1396. It looks like a church steeple decorated with gilt and statues representing the world view of the Holy Roman Empire. In the background is the Frauenkirche, a Catholic church from the 14th century.
|Frauenkirche and Hauptmarkt|
The Hauptmarkt has been around since the Middle Ages. These days it is open Mondays through Saturdays and among its offerings are fruits and produce, flowers and plants, bread and cake, cheese and meats. This is also the venue for the annual Christmas Market. There are outdoor cafés to sit and soak in the scene.
The Frauenkirche (Church of our Lady) is a brick, Gothic church commissioned by Charles IV, the Holy Roman Emperor from 1352-1362. His son, Wenceslas, was baptized here in 1361. This Church has a mechanical clock or Männleinlaufen that is activated at noon and the figures of the Electors parade around the Holy Roman Emperor below the clock on the front façade in commemoration of the Golden Bull of 1356. The Golden Bull established the constitutional framework of the Holy Roman Empire for 400 years.
|Albrecht Dürer House|
|Street corner statues|
An engaging feature of Nuremberg are these statues found on various corners in the old town. Some of the figures are of saints and the Virgin Mary with the Child Jesus. Some statues are gilded or painted such as the example above.
|Handwerkerhof of Nuremberg|
Nuremberg is a two hour train ride from Munich using the local train. A one way ticket is 20€. There are ICE trains that cover the distance in just an hour but the fare is triple the price. Alternatively, Flixbus makes the journey to Nuremberg in 2 hours from the bus terminal off of Arnulfstrasse, a short walk from the Hauptbahnhof. Flixbus drops off passengers across from the train station in Nuremberg. The bus has a restroom.
The tourist information center in Nuremberg is inside the walled city, right by the Frauentorturm which can be reached from the train station using the underpass. You can get a map and help with directions at this office. There are also postcards and souvenir items for sale here at reasonable prices.
Images by TravelswithCharie