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Albrecht Durer's 'The Hare'

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An August 2003 trip to Nürnberg by marif

Nurnbergs Old Town square Photo, Nürnberg, Germany More Photos
Quote: When we were in Nurnberg last August, the Hauptmarkt was covered with 7 thousand green plastic rabbits, orderly arranged on the ground. This unusual exposition backdropped by a splendid fountain which was meticulously restored was put on to commemorate the 5 hundredth anniversary of Albrecht Durer's painting 'The Hare'.

Albrecht Durer's 'The Hare'

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Nurnberg's Old Town square Photo, Nürnberg, Germany
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1. The Old Town square is a spacious venue where various cultural activities are regularly held. One such activity which filled up the entire square when I visited in summer 2003 was the huge display of plastic rabbits put on to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Albrecht Durer's painting The Hare. If you want to get acquainted with the painter's life and works, visit Albrecht Durer's museum at Albrecht-Durer-strasse 39, south of Nurnberg's Castle. 2. Lorenzkirche on Lorenzer platz is a massive twin-belfry Gothic church whose magnificent facade is adorned with an intricately sculptured rose window and numerous artistic statues. More impressive are several artistic works that embell...Read More

Hotel Keiml

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We reached Nurnberg when it was already getting dark and so we had to hurry toward the city centre. After having shortlisted a handful of hotels from a tourist brochure, we were trying hard to find our way as quickly as possible. From the Hauptbahnhof, we reached the south end of Konigstrasse in a couple of minutes. From here, we meandered 100 metres or so among the crowds until a signpost directed us towards Luitpoldstrasse. Once here, we could walk easily towards Hotel Keiml since the hotel's name is displayed prominently above the entrance. This small hotel occupies the first and second floors of a renovated town house. From the ground floor, take the steps to the first floor where very ...Read More

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Hotel Keiml
Luitpoldstrasse 7
Nurnberg
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The Fountain of Virtues Photo, Nürnberg, Germany
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Nurnberg's Old Town bordered by Vestnertorgraben from the north, Westtorgraben from the West, Frauentorgraben from the south and Konigstorgraben from the east is divided roughly into two by the still water of the Pegnitz River. The north section is dominated by the Hauptmarkt and crowned further north with the Kaiserburg while pedestrianised Konigstrasse dominates the south section. Very probably, visitors will come here by train which stops at Nurnberg's Hauptbahnhof, the big modern train station south of the Old Town and a stone's throw from sights and attractions. Take the subway under Bahnhofplatz and walk straight ahead until you reach Konigstor, one of the entrances through the medie...Read More

Church architecture in the Old Town

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All churches in Nurnberg were either partly destroyed or suffered major damages during World War II but soon after the war ended, they have been wonderfully rebuilt or restored. However, since restoration works have been completed, industrial pollution has clearly left its mark so that church exteriors are once more asking for urgent cleaning and renovation. In spite of this, their magnificent facades are nonetheless a gallery of elaborate stone carvings and splendid artistic works. One of the oldest churches in Nurnberg whose west facade was being renovated when I visited is Frauenkirche, the church which fills the east side of the Hauptmarkt. Dedicated to Our Lady and built between 13...Read More

Escape to Furth for a day or two

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Nurnberg's summer days are too hectic; the squares and streets within the Old Town are always overcrowded while restaurants and pubs have become too commercialized. The town's main attractions are definitely oriented too much towards tourism. If you want to avoid all this for a couple of days, why don't you visit nearby Furth, a small town where the atmosphere is cooler and more relaxing? Nurnberg and Furth are neighbouring towns that have actually grown into a single metropolis linked by a common public transport system. The U-bahn between the two towns is both frequent and quick. Furth's Old Town is bordered by two rivers: the Pegnitz River runs along the east side and separates...Read More