JOIN THE TOUR WITH THE WHITE AND GREEN UMBRELLAS

EVERY DAY, 11.30 h at “SCHÖNER BRUNNEN” – FREE TOURS IN ENGLISH, SPANISH & GERMAN

JOIN THE TOUR WITH THE WHITE AND GREEN UMBRELLAS

EVERY DAY, 11.30 h at “SCHÖNER BRUNNEN” – FREE TOURS IN ENGLISH, SPANISH & GERMAN

ABOUT NUREMBERG

In Nuremberg you can get lost in time while still you find a vibrant daily life happening on the streets of Bavaria´s second largest city. But wait – we´´re only in Bavaria officially – on your visit you will discover, that our unique franconian culture varies strongly from what you would experience for example in Munich. Why is that so? That story is part of Nuremberg’s almost 1000 years of history. And there’s way more to discover!

 

Well, what shall we start with? That the Nuremberg people lack a little bit of creativity in naming things, maybe? They probably named their city at the first mention in 1050 probably simply after a green, wooded hill, the “Nürn-” (= rock) Berg. It rises, quite practically, on a flat part of the river “Pegnitz”. Traders crossed it when they brought their goods from south to north and from east to west.

The castle on the rocky mountain protected this market place where the trade routes met and which still today forms the lively center of the town with the “Beautiful Fountain” and “Church of Our Lady“. Through trade Nuremberg became rich and soon it also became a free imperial city.

Soon the city had become one of the most important political centers of the holy Roman Empire and for centuries embodied German power and rule – until Hitler misused this image for his own purposes and from 1927 onward organised his Reich Party Rallies here. The monstrous remains of Albert Speer’s propaganda buildings still bear witness today to the Nazis’ reign of terror. We recommend a visit to the Documentation Center for the processing of Nazi propaganda.
Today Nuremberg is a cosmopolitan city. But as early as the Middle Ages, Nuremberg bakers mixed spices from distant lands with nuts and honey and baked them into the famous Nuremberg gingerbread. Italian travelers in Renaissance times raved about Nuremberg beer, which was stored in cellars that then served as air-raid shelters for 40,000 people during the Second World War. According to legend, the fact that Nuremberg bratwursts, another of the city’s culinary celebrities, are so small is due to a butcher who was in prison. His apprentice made the sausages thinner so that they fit through the keyhole of the cell!

Today they can be found on every corner: “Drei Im Weggla”, they are called and that’s exactly what they are: Three small sausages in a roll and it fits perfectly: Exactly! A red beer from the Altstadthof or one of the more than 500 breweries in the Franconian region. I wonder if the most famous Nuremberger, the Renaissance painter Albrecht Dürer, also liked it? In any case, you can still visit his house today. It is located on the most beautiful and sociable square in the city: the photogenic Tiergärtnertor-Platz full of restaurants and beer bars.
Nuremberg is worth a visit for all those who want to meet down-to-earth, sociable and honest people in medieval alleys, experience rich cuisine, living traditions and at the same time a historically grown cosmopolitanism. Nuremberg is marked by great events: From the signing of the “Golden Bull” to the Nuremberg Trials. At the same time it is a city that is very close by, one in which you will feel at home and which we want to show you from very unusual perspectives! We are looking forward to your visit!

 

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