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Nürnberg, Medieval & More

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A view over Nürnberg from the castle grounds.

December 22, 2014.  We’re not done with Nürnberg yet, folks!  In three days, we tried to squeeze in as much of the old city in as possible, but we definitely need to go back.  We had only a few hours for a too-brief visit to the Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle) and its stunning grounds.  Just taking in the magnificent views over the city from different vantage points requires at least an hour, then there’s the vast castle itself, the burgrave buildings, towers, stables, and so on … and on.  You really need a full day to appreciate the enormity of the site. Continue reading Nürnberg, Medieval & More

Nürnberg’s Gospel Gothic

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In front of the Frauenkirche. The glockenspiel is right below the blue clockface.

Lest you think we came only to eat, drink, and shop in Nürnberg (well okay, so that was our primary objective), we did do some sightseeing.  Loads of amazing Gothic sites surround the market, including the fabulously ornate Goldener Brunnen fountain built in 1396 (spin the ring in the gate for good luck), and the brooding Frauenkirche (Our Lady’s Church), which has an enormous, gilded glockenspiel.   Continue reading Nürnberg’s Gospel Gothic

The Nürnberg Christkindlesmarkt

December 19, 2014.  As usual when on vacation, we somehow ended up staying in the red light district.  I guess it’s our penchant for wanting to spend as little as possible on a hotel.  So when we found a great rate for the Holiday Inn not too far from the city center, we jumped on it without thought.  (Actually, it was quite a comfy, clean place, and the flashing neon of the nearby strip joints blended right in with all the Christmas lights.) Continue reading The Nürnberg Christkindlesmarkt