Friday, July 31, 2009


Sue and Audrey and I took the train from Berlin to Nürnberg, a 4.5 hr ride at speeds up to 200 km/hour. Nice German high-speed trains...From the north into the gradually hillier countryside down south to Bavaria.

Nürnberg is called the "Germanist of German cities," which is also why the Nazis loved it so much (this was the location of the big party rallies). It still has its historical old city wall and the old part of the city (Altstadt) within the wall is full of winding litle streets and medieval-style old buildlings. They are mostly reconstructions, as 90% of the city was destroyed during the war. Only Dresden suffered worse damage.
Inside what would have been the moat of the old city wall:

Below: the Burg, the fortress up on top of the hill overlooking the city.

Below: Hauptmarkt, with its shiny fountain

--Food in Nürnberg--
Nürnberg is famous for its little sausages, they say in der Kürze liegt die Würze (the taste is in the small size), which are served three in a bun. Also famous for its gingerbread. Below is a bakery which also specializes in gingerbread: Bäckerei & Lebküchnerei (Bakery and Gingerbreadery).
Pfifferlinge (chantarelle mushrooms) are in season right now and on every restaurant's menu. Here are some mushrooms in a cream sauce served over Semmelklöße, a Bavarian kind of dumpling.
Picnic along the river running through the city:
Nürnberg sausages: Nürnberger
Audrey enjoying a local beer in a Biergarten


Nürnberg also has some great museums...Below is the German National Museum lit up at night. HUGE collection, really cool.
Sue and Audrey and I also visited the site of the former Nazi Party Grounds. They started having big rallies here in 1934, and Hitler had his favorite architect, Albert Speer, design more buildings, some which were never completed. Today they have a Documentation Center about the Nazi Party and Nürnberg (not a Holocaust or even a World War II museum, but an exhibit dedicated to how the party gained power).


  1. Kathryn!!!!! I am sooooooooooo impressed how versed you are in the history of Germany. I would venture to say not one iota of any of your experiences is wasted on you!!! with love, Auntie Marguerite

  2. Hi Kathryn,

    I am writing a blog post about Nürnberg and I found these very nice pictures on your blog. Can I use some of them, citing you as the author? My blog is (in Italian language) and I am writing about various cities, mostly in Europe.


  3. Yes, of course! Glad you liked them!