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December 5, 2007
From journal Nürnberg - My Perfect City
by Linda Kaye
San Antonio, Texas
July 10, 2002
There are two sites that can’t be missed while at the Hauptmarkt. First is the Mannleinlaufen, a clock similar to the Glockenspiel in Munich. This enormous clock was built in 1509 and is in the front wall of Our Lady’s Church facing the square. Every day at noon, this 400-year-old clock's moving figures show the seven Electors of the city doing homage to Kaiser Karl IV. It seemed that everything stopped and everyone watched.
The second, and equally memorable site, is the Schöner Brunnen (Beautiful Fountain). This stone pyramid, 60 feet high, dates from 1396 and is adorned with 30 figures arranged in four tiers. Within it is enclosed the symbol of Nuremberg, the Journeyman's ring, also called the lucky ring. Folklore has it that if you turn the large gold ring three times, it will bring you good luck. I had to give it a try.
The market itself is quite unique and offers so much merchandise that it is almost overwhelming. There are rows and rows of tables and portable booths offering traditional dishware, statutes, clothing, handmade doilies, paintings, wood items, clocks, and many, many souvenir items.
And then there are the food booths. We were told by our German friends to be sure and eat some Nuremberg sausages and sauerkraut while there. We did, and it was delicious.
From journal Nuremberg- Not What You Think