Country: Germany Language: German Currency: Euro (€)
Nuremberg is a large city in Germany’s Bavaria. It features grand medieval architecture, red-roofed buildings, a large beer culture and great historical significance.
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Nuremberg Castle - Kaiserburg Nürnberg
Nuremberg Castle is a large medieval fortification that sits at the top of a hill. It is one of the most important fortresses in Germany, dating back to 1100. The walk up to the castle is steep, but it is quite beautiful along the way. The traditional German facades lines the way to the top. You can visit the exterior of the castle and even admire the view from the top for free, but you have to buy a ticket to explore the castle’s interior and garden.
St. Sebaldus Church
St. Sebaldus Church is a medieval church and one of the most important and oldest churches in the city. Construction began in 1225 and lasted nearly 30 years. It was originally built as a Romanesque basilica, but was reconstructed, adding wider aisles, two towers, and a couple galleries. The building sits in front of the old city hall, with its tall towers dramatically adding to the city skyline.
Across from St. Sebaldus Church, you’ll find the Nurnberger Rathaus, or the Town Hall. The oldest part of the building dates back to the 1330s. Its Italian Renaissance facade was designed by Jakob Wolff, who wanted to build a palace-like building. The entire building was destroyed by bombs in 1945, but was reconstructed between 1956 and 1962. The three sculptures on the west facade represent the Prophecies of the Book of Daniel in the Old Testament!
Der Schoenen Brunnen
This beautiful fountain is located in the city’s main market square. It dates back to the 14th century, stands 19 meters tall and contains a Gothic spire. The fountain features forty colorful figures that represent the Holy Roman Empire. Look for the brass rings on the fence that surrounds the fountain, give them a spin, as it is meant to bring good luck!
The impressive Frauenkirche, or Church of Our Lady, can be found in the main market. The stunning brick Gothic church was consecrated in 1358 and displays many works of art from the Middle Ages. The main feature of the church is the mechanical clock that commemorates the Golden Bull of 1356. The addition of the clock occurred in 1506 and is performs every day at noon. This stunning church provides a gorgeous backdrop for the Nuremberg Christmas Market!
The Helig-Geist Spital is a picturesque building on the river. It is a medieval hospital for the sick and elderly that was built in the 1330s! While wandering through Nuremberg’s Old Town, enjoy the beautiful view of the building from the riverbank, or stop somewhere nearby for a mug of German beer.
St. Lorenz Church
St. Lorenz Church is a medieval church dedicated to St. Lawerence. It was originally completed in the early 1400s, but was severely damaged during WWII, thus it has since been restored. Its facade features two tall steeples, a rosette window, and brick. Its interior holds many important works of art and holds one of the world’s largest organs!
The origins of this medieval house tower, whose name roughly translates to ‘corner house’, dates back to the 12th or 13th century. However, the main building was built in the 19th century. It stands on the outskirts of the Historical Center near St. Lorenz Church.
St. Elizabeth Church is a beautiful church dedicated to Elizabeth of Hungary in 1235. In 1784, the church was completely demolished and began reconstruction a year later, but wasn’t completed until the early 1900s. This building is certainly more modern than the rest of Nuremberg and is well worth the visit!
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