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.
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.
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.
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.
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!