Nuremberg is a city in northern Bavaria known for its medieval architecture and coined the ‘most German of all German cities’ by Adolf Hitler. In German, it is called Nürnburg and is not to be confused with the 400km away Nürburg, home to the popular Nürburgring. With history dating back to 1050 and often referred to as the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire it is definitely worth a visit.
Nuremberg is famous for artists, poets and writers, it’s easy to see where they get their inspiration. The cobbled streets and crooked houses look straight out of a fairy-tale. Pictured above is the Hangman’s Bridge which was constructed in 1457 as a wooden bridge, the hangman of Nuremberg lived in the tower so as to be separated from the town. This was a dishonest trade in that time, today there is a hangman museum located here.
It had been many years since I had seen a red squirrel, they are heading towards extinction in the UK with only 140,000 remaining, being killed out by their grey cousins.
Nuremberg Castle and its walls are considered to be one of Europe’s most ominous medieval fortifications. Perched on top of the hill it looms over the city and provides an amazing view for those who make the trek up. Part of the castle is free to enter and there is plenty to see in this area. The castle itself dates back to the 1000’s however a large portion was left in ruins after World War II and it took nearly thirty years to restore.
The Fleisch Bridge or Pegnitz Bridge is a late Renaissance bridge in the city. This is a popular tourist attraction, enjoy browsing the markets that span across the bridge on a Saturday. There are plenty of cute coffee shops and ice cream parlours as well as many other historical buildings and attractions to keep you busy for a long weekend.
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