Another popular day trip from Munich is to Nuremberg. Infamous for the dark history that the Nazis brought to an otherwise pretty (and unhappy to be selected apparently) city that was subsequently almost levelled in the World Wars that followed, we were curious to explore the history of this Bavarian city.
We go everywhere with an open mind, but after a 2+ hour train ride when our tour guide opened with the line “think of Nuremburg as a Disney town” our spirits dropped like a stone. Logically, this makes sense with the timeline of war but we just didn’t seem to gel.
The Kaiserburg Castle was cute as was the fascinating story of how the monolithic stones at the base lent the name to the city – Nurnberg means ‘stony ground’, there were a plethora of quirky buildings built in the style that existed in Medieval Nuremberg, the view over the ramparts was lovely on our day of blue skies and we learned about Albrecht Durer, painter and engraver who was born and raised here.
Famous for Christmas markets (I think now is the moment to
confess my dislike for shopping and crowds in general, and cheesy, cold
Christmas markets in particular, especially London ones – does this
make me a grinch? Probably) we made our way through the Altstadt (Old Town) to the Hauptmarkt (central square) which operates a few market stalls year round underneath the Frauenkirche, a 14th-century Gothic church.
Perhaps we were just having an off day. I felt like I was taking photos for the sake of it and even pottered over to capture the ‘most recognizable image of Nuremberg’ a building which is an old people’s home.
It just felt a little too cinematic. Perhaps it needs the hubbub of Christmas Markets and more time to really discover what the city has (though modern art really shines here in the galleries and museums.
But hey, it happens.
We lunched on the famous Nurnberg wurst #touristgoals
Perhaps this was a case of feeling like we should go, rather than a visit to enjoy meandering. That said, any place with crowned stone walls does get a smile indeed.
Have you been anywhere that you weren’t feeling the vibe? For us the last time couple of times Barcelona and Brussels (so mixed I didn’t really even blog it.)