Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Weekend getaway in Nürnberg City

Nürnberg City Walls - Fortifications


Lucy meets Lucy

A friend & old classmate of mine (also called Lucy) and I decided to meet up and have some girl time two weeks ago. While we were sure we wanted to meet and have fun, we weren’t so sure in which city we could meet up since we live hundreds of kilometers away from each other. I live in Germany and she lives in Austria. We later decided on Nuremberg in the southwest of Germany. It was the ideal city for us as we needed something central, each one of us had to travel approximately 3hrs by train to get there. 

Lucy meets Lucy

A Metropolis with a High Quality of Life

Nuremberg (Nürnberg in german) is a beautiful, old city with a vibrant history. The medieval fortifications of the striking old town, Gothic churches, colorful market places and hilltop castle of the old imperial city are as awe-inspiring today as ever.

Das Opernhaus von Nürnberg (The Oper house)

Nuremberg boasts a unique mixture of tradition and modern times. Both people born here and people who moved here appreciate its extraordinary quality of life. At the same time, Nuremberg is a modern city with 500,000 inhabitants, and the centre of a prospering European metropolitan region with 2.5 million inhabitants. Its almost thousand years of history are still obvious in its cityscape.

Nuremberg old town

Nuremberg is the second-largest Bavarian city, and fourteenth largest municipality in Germany. Particularly after the EU eastern enlargement, the city has profited from its central location within the European economic region. Nuremberg is the economic, services and cultural centre of Northern Bavaria, and the centre of the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region with about 3.5 million inhabitants.
The percentage of foreign nationals of over 18 per cent living in this open-minded metropolis, is well above the average for Bavaria and the Federal Republic. Nuremberg citizens from all nationalities live together in an atmosphere characterised by tolerance and calm co-existence. Nuremberg is one of Europe's fastest growing trade fair locations. Every year, over 1,2 million people visit about 100 events and about 50 specialist trade fairs and congresses, including the world's largest specialist trade fair for toys.. (source: www.nuernberg.de)

Below are some of the things we got to see & do.......

German national museum

Human Rights street right outside the museum with 30 pillars in 30 different languages as a reminder of the 2nd World war atrocities.

Lucy in the inner city

The beauty of the inner city....a short break at the "Carousel"

Ehekarussell (Marriage Carousel)

The "Marriage Carousel" (Ehekarussell) was erected in 1984, immediately in front of the White Tower. The work, created by Jürgen Weber, refers to the poem "Bitter-sweet Married Life" by Hans Sachs, who in drastic words described marriage from the first stages of ardent love via exhausting struggles, and right through to the death bed. The fountain's sculptures reflect this text in all its beauty and horror, while Hans Sachs is depicted dancing above a goat and a virginal beauty. When the fountain was put up in 1984, its drastic expression and the high overall costs triggered a stormy controversy in the City Council, in the media and in the population.

marriage from the first stages of ardent love via exhausting struggles, and right through to the death bed.

St. Lorenz Church (Sankt Lorenz Kirche)

Right in the core of the old town is the St. Lorenz church, a medieval church of the former free imperial city of Nuremberg. It was badly damaged during the 2nd world war and later rebuilt. It is also one of the most prominent churches of the Evangelical Lutheran church in Bavaria. It is a step back in time with its beautiful art and statues. Entrance is free if you want to take a peek inside :-)

St. Lorenz Church

What’s a girly trip without shopping & a good meal? 

Nuremberg by night!!

 These two lovely ladies, were so helpful in identifying the “in” night spots : ))

With so little time and a lot of sightseeing to do, we weren’t able to see all the attractions that we’d set out to visit. Three of the attractions I wanted to visit but never got the time to are, Handwerkerhof (Crafts Yard), Henkersteg (hangman’s bridge) & the Nüremberg castle.
I really loved my short visit in this beautiful City with a grand history, it’s definitely a city worth visiting.

Hope you did have fun with us. Stay cool until we meet again :-)

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from "Deutschland" with luv,

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