Also available: Segment on the Nuremberg Christmas Market
After Heidelberg, Nuremberg was the city we've visited the second most often -- over a half-dozen times. Most of those visits were for various festivals, especially its world-famous Christmas Market (multiple times, and we've definitely go back!). It had one of the greatest set of landmarks, a tremendous history (including recent), and it was perfectly situated in the center of Bavaria. It sat at the junctions of major train and autobahn routes, and on the Pegnitz River canal that helped connect the Main and Danube Rivers together.
Nuremberg's traced its origins were as a trading settlement on the Pegnitz River almost a millennium ago, but it would grow rapidly in the middle ages to be a major cultural center and seat of the Holy Roman Emporer. In more modern times, it was probably better remembered as the site of the Nuremberg Trials that tried a number of World War II criminals. But regular visitors to the city simply remembered it as a wonderful place to go for shopping, eating, drinking, and relaxing.
Nuremberg had one of the largest pedestrian zones in Germany, covering roughly 70% of the massive Altstadt. On a summer afternoon, pedestrians numbered well into the thousands, roaming the shopping districts that sat on both sides of the River and the markets and along Konigstrasse. Among those were massive throngs of tourists who knew that almost every weekend had a celebration of some kind going on in the market square.
Nuremberg was also famous for its food. Nuremberger bratwursts were well-known around Germany. They were a small white sausage that resembled the so-called American breakfast sausage. During the Christmas Market season, Nuremberg had the lebkuchen, "life cake" which was a type of gingerbread.
This travelogue is divided into five chapters, including this introduction. The below map will help guide you. The old city downtown is divided into three segments. The Kaiserburg chapter covers the castle district at the city's northwest. The next chapter covers the Sebald borough containing the old city from the Pegnitz River north. It includes the Frauenkirche pictured above with Tom and most of the festival grounds. The Lorenz borough contains the commercial zone with some of Nuremberg's more unusual landmarks. Finally, the Dutzendteich chapter covers the old Nazi Party rally grounds located to the town's southeast. Nowadays, the grounds are used for other purposes -- large city festivals, sailing on the lake, museums, and the Frankenstadion where the 1. FC Nuremberg soccer team plays. Enjoy!
Trips taken 26 August 2000, 22-23 June 2002, 15-16 May 2004 plus others -- Page last updated 01 September 2006