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Nürnberg - My Perfect City

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An April 2007 trip to Nürnberg by flyingscot4

Schöner Brunnen Photo, Nürnberg, Germany More Photos
Quote: Home is where the heart is and my heart is in Nürnberg (and I wish the rest of me was there for Christkindlesmarkt). Made it!!!

Nürnberg - My Perfect City

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Overview

Schöner Brunnen (Beautiful Fountain) Photo, Nürnberg, Germany
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Basic History...Briefly, Nürnberg is a relatively old city. It's history can be traced to the tenth century and it was a very important city on the trade routes. As a result of the Reformation, the city declared religious toleration in 1532. Nürnberg was a mecca for artists and was a goldsmith center in the 16th century. The city went into deep decline following the Thirty Years War, but rebounded to become an industrial leader in the 19th century. The first railroad was launched in 1835, and the city became Europe's leading toy manufacturer later in the century.Prior to WWII, Nürnberg was known as one of the most beautiful medieval cities in Europe. On January 2, 1945, 525 Bri...Read More

Heilig-Geist-Spital

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Restaurant

Heilig-Geist-Spital Photo, Nürnberg, Germany
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The Heilig-Geist-Spital is one of my favorite restaurants anywhere. When I was stationed in Nürnberg during the early '60's I ate here at least twice a month. The food is Bavarian/Frankish, national and international fare. And, it is delicious. The service is always very professional. The atmosphere, judge from the photographs.Upon entering the foyer one is confronted with a suit of armor and a brilliant chandelier. Then everything gets even better.Known as a "Weinstube," the restaurant has an extensive wine list that will satisfy any wine drinker's palate. The wine stewards are well-schooled in all of the German products and offer excellent suggestions. Parenthetic...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 8, 2007

Schöner Brunnen

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Attraction | "Schöner Brunnen (Beautiful Fountain)"

Schöner Brunnen Photo, Nürnberg, Germany
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Where to start. The Schöner Brunnen (Beautiful Fountain) is located at the NW corner of the Hauptmarkt (Main Market). There are many stories about the fountain, but this is what I know to be factual. I will get into the myth later.The fountain was created in 1385 by Heinrich Parler. Standing twenty meters high (62 feet), it features brilliantly colored images, some of which are Moses surrounded by the Prophets, 9 heroes (three each Christian, Jew, and forefathers), and seven Electors on the bottom, a total of 40 figures in all. Surrounding the statues is a wrought iron enclosure which has a brass ring on the front, and a less visible iron ring on the reverse side. This is not the original so...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 5, 2007

Schöner Brunnen

Nürnberg, Germany

Hauptmarkt

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Attraction | "Hauptmarkt (Main Market, Main Square)"

Hauptmarkt Photo, Nürnberg, Germany
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Like most European cities, Nürnberg has a number of squares (Platz) and one major square which in German is the Hauptmarkt. The major squares in cities were used for many things (many were uncivil, like hangings and beheadings), and over the centuries became the centers of town life. All new taxes were announced and collected and evaders punished in the square. "Shaming" for petty crimes took place in the square as did public announcements. Mostly though, the square was the marketplace for farmers and itinerants.Today's Hauptmarkt in Nürnberg serves as the location for the daily and weekend markets, any kind of small carnival or festival, and every year, in September, "Altstadtfest." It is a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 5, 2007

Hauptmarkt
Church of Our Lady
Nuremberg, Germany 90403
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Altes Rathaus

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Attraction

Altes Rathaus Photo, Nürnberg, Germany
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The Altes Rathaus was built between 1616 and 1622 by the master builder, Jakob Wolff. The Renaissance style appears plain, but if one looks closely, there is plenty of ornamentation. There is actually an older Rathaus behind the one facing West. This older building is the original building and is from 1332 - 1340. The "Altes Rathaus" is no longer used as a city hall, but it holds relics of the past that are very interesting.Of interest are the dungeons and the torture chamber beneath the Rathaus. They can be visited by tour only and are well worth the visit. Besides the brutality of the penal system in the dungeon, the torture chamber takes on even greater significance.Of great...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 6, 2007

Altes Rathaus
Rathausplatz 2
Nürnberg, Germany 90403

Wanderings I

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Attraction

Lorenzkirche (St. Lorenz Church) Photo, Nürnberg, Germany
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Nürnberg is a lovely city. Most tourists never have time to see the true beauty of this city because the majority of tour books and tours seem to dismiss Nürnberg as just another spot to stop for a few hours. Most of the tour discussions are more about WWII than the vibrant medieval history of this important city. The city is more than self-critical about it's Nazi past as is evidenced by the Documentation Center. From a personal standpoint, I would love to see a guide book in which each of the descriptions of every city and town are written by a local person who loves his/her city, and I met one.In April, 2007, I visited Graz, Austria. I was the only person in the "English" tour, so it was ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 10, 2007

Nuremberg Castle - Imperial Castle

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Attraction | "Kaiserburg I (Imperial Castle I)"

Nuremberg Castle - Imperial Castle Photo, Nürnberg, Germany
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First, a little Nürnberg history...Castles and towns intertwine. Generally, when a castle is built, a town is built around it; the town population providing income through taxes, foodstuffs, and labor. The castle provides protection for the town population and eventually, the town grows and becomes a city. At least, that's the theory. In actuality, more often than not, the castle was built to protect the ruler from his subjects. In that same period, English and Scottish kings lived among their people and it was not until the fortress concept was introduced by the Teutonic (Germans) that the idea of a of a castle for the ruler was adopted. The English thought that it was a capital idea....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 11, 2007

Nuremberg Castle - Imperial Castle
Auf Der Burg 13
Nuremberg, Germany 90403
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