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April 9, 2007
From journal Nürnberg
March 11, 2004
We purchased a combination ticket for the four us for 20€. This allowed us entrance to the museum, the well, and the tower. In order to visit the apartments, you need to be part of a guided tour, which isn’t offered in English. This was a great disappointment to us, as we had looked forward to visiting the staterooms and the chapel.
We began by visiting the museum. The first floor has several models of the castle to familiarize you with the evolution of the fortifications over the years. The Kaiserberg was a fortified imperial residence for the Holy Roman Emperor since the 11th century. It was used as such into the early 19th century. Prior to World War II, it had only fallen once. Most of what we see today is a recreation of what was here before the Allied bombing. Reconstruction was ongoing until the early 1980s.
There are three floors of exhibits in the Kaiserberg. In addition to the models, the first floor includes a collection of spurs, bits, saddles, and other accouterments of the medieval knight. To reach the second floor, you need to climb a very steep circular staircase. Here we find weapons, swords (some almost 1,000 years old), crossbows, daggers, pikes, early cannons, and armor (helmets, breastplates, and chain mail).
The third floor has a wonderful collection of firearms. The 16th-century guns fascinated us. They were so big that we could not figure out how one man could handle them. A visit to the Germanisches National Museum answered our question. They were placed on a rolling stand, much like a cannon would use, and suddenly it all made sense.
To really appreciate the view, you must climb the tower. It is 110 steps up. This is a difficult walk on winding wooden stairs, but the view is worth it. You get a 360-degree perspective of the city of Nuremberg. While you are up there, look for Al’s and my name on the wall. It looks like everyone who has ever climbed the tower has signed his or her name. While Bob was signing his name, we noticed the camera suspended from the ceiling. We half expected to be snabbed when we reached the bottom again, but we weren’t.
From journal Winter in Nuremberg
by Linda Kaye
San Antonio, Texas
December 17, 2000
The Kaiserburg is one of the most important castles in the history of the German Empire, and sits high above the Old Town. It has the distinction of being Nuremberg's major cultural and historical landmark. It grew to its massive present size in three stages of construction between the 11th and the 15th centuries. During its first 500 years, it was the residence of German Kings and Emperors and hosted virtually all important leaders and royalty of the time.
Tours were available but we chose to just walk around and discover the castle on our own. It was fascinating. We never knew when a pathway would lead us. We found ourselves at the back of the castle in beautiful, romantic gardens overlooking the Old Town. We walked down tunnels leading to other parts of the castle and pathways that intrigued us. It is a place where your imagination can run wild with thoughts of how life might have been centuries ago. You should allow plenty of time to see this landmark. It is well worth the time.
From journal Nuremberg- Not What You Think