After our wonderful time at Fashion Days Nürnberg on the Saturday night, Second Daughter and I set off for a bit of sightseeing on Sunday morning. Nuremberg is the second largest city in Bavaria after Munich and has over 500’000 inhabitants. Our first stop was Starbucks for our traditional holiday breakfast, sitting in the sun by the River Pegnitz, a stone’s throw away from Hauptmarkt (main square). Just glorious.

Art Gallery by River Pegnitz Nuernberg

Pegnitz River Nuernberg

We arrived on the Hauptmarkt just as the clock of the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) was striking twelve. Second Daughter excitedly pointed out the statues moving around: We had just discovered the Männleinlaufen (the running of the little men)! While the Holy Roman Emperor remains seated, the seven prince-electors come to pay him homage. This ornament is a reminder of the Goldenen Bulle (gold bull), a law signed in Nuremberg in 1356 by the emperor Karl IV. The church itself is a magnificent example of Gothic architecture.
Männleinlaufen - Clock Our Lady Church Nurremberg - Uhr Frauenkirche Nuernberg
The Hauptmarkt was bustling with an autumn market that day but we decided to first walk up the hill to have a look at the castle. Built on a sandstone rock, it was the home, permanent or temporary, of all German Emperors and kings between 1050 and 1571. Its main features are of course the palace itself, the Roman double chapel, the Sinwell Tower (defence tower) and the deep well, the main source of water in times of siege. The view over the city is fantastic and we thought that the ivy turning red on the facades was the perfect complement to the beautiful buildings.

Nuernberg Castle on the hill - Nuernberg Schloss auf dem Hügel

City View Nuremberg - Stadt Ausblick Nuernberg

Nuernberg Castle - Nuernberg Schloss

Back in the main square, we had a look at the stalls and Second Daughter bought some funny key rings. We then visited the Lorenzkirche (St. Lawrence’s church) and were quite taken with the Engelsgruß (Angelic Salutation). Created by Bavarian artist Veit Stoss, it represents the Annunciation through an assemblage of limewood sculptures and hangs over the choir.
At. Lorenz Church Nuremberg - St. Lorenz Kirche Nuernberg
The cobbled streets of the old town are all very charming and offer lots of interesting details. The bombs destroyed about ninety percent of Nuremberg during World War II, but today you would never guess it, as the reconstruction work has been remarkably done. Our tour ended with a drink at Cafe Lorenz. We sat outside again but still spotted the wonderful brunch buffet on offer. Definitely an address for our next visit!
Cafe Lorenz Nuernberg

Street Detail Nuremberg - Straße in Nuernberg

Ramparts Nuernberg



42 thoughts on “A Sunday In Nuremberg”

    1. Thank you! Yes, this clock is amazing, I am glad we turned up on the main square at that precise moment! xx

  1. Wow Nuremberg looks incredible, sounds like you had the best time there. I love all the photos especially the clock of the Frauenkirche, must have been amazing to see that. What a fabulous post Katia, thank you so much for sharing with #whatsthestory

    1. My pleasure as always. 🙂
      We did have a fabulous weekend, looking forward to my next visit. xx

  2. I loved reading this post – the photos and information are fantastic.

    I am always amazed at the reconstruction that has taken place after cities were virtually decimated by war. The thought is so overwhelming to me.

    1. Thank you, Shana, glad you enjoyed it.
      I knew that Nuremberg had been badly damaged, but not to that extent. It really is hard to believe when you see it today. xx

    1. Yes, really glad we decided to go! Thank you, Mari, it was hard to choose a few amongst all the photos I took (as usual)… 😉 xx

  3. Very nice city we didn’t see. But we couldn’t all seen, Germany is a very rich and nice country poorly known.

    1. Thank you, I had a hard time choosing! 😉 Not so well known indeed, but definitely worth discovering. xx

  4. Oh wow Katia, what fabulous pictures and I love your write up, I want to be there now. My dad worked in Nuremberg for a few weeks many years ago now, but his pictures were mainly of them all drinking beer! ha

    It does look so beautiful and that creeper is almost as nice as mine!

    1. How interesting that your Dad worked there!
      It is a gorgeous city and I totally thought of you when I saw that creeper… 😉 xx

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