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The Romantic Road - Nuremberg, Germany

Updated on January 28, 2014
Christkindlesmarkt in the main square in Nuremberg, Germany in December.
Christkindlesmarkt in the main square in Nuremberg, Germany in December. | Source

Romantischestrasse

After seeing Rothenburg, Wurzburg and Bamberg, it is time to head south on the Romantic Road to the beautiful city of Nuremberg, Germany. Again, take the A3 autobahn about 100 kilometers straight south and you will drive right into Nuremberg. It is a large city of appoximately 300,000 to 400,000 people. And, yes, it has a castle, which I will get to a little later. But first I have to talk about what is so great and beautiful at Nuremberg and that is what comes at Christmastime. The Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg is the largest Christmas festival in the world. It is Christmas lights, stalls of delicious food, and stalls selling Christmas ornaments and goods. I attended this Christkindlesmarkt when I lived in Germany and it has left me with 'visions of sugarplums dancing in my head.'

As I said before, the Germans practically invented Christmas as we celebrate it here in the U.S. today and this Christkindlesmarkt is the best in Germany and the world. Each, city, town and village has its own Christkindlesmarkt every December, but Nuremberg's is the most special by far. The food is delicious, from whole sit down dinners of sauerbraten, potatoes, and sauerkraut, wiener schnitzle and spaeztle, and smoked trout. There are all kinds of bratwursts, weisswursts, sausages, and french fries. And the dessert and pastry stalls are to die for. German stollen, their Christmas bread, which you can find a receipe for on hubpages. All kinds of chocolate candies, peppermints, cinnamons, German cakes and pies. Beverages are wines, beers, hot chocolates (with real whipped cream), coffees and a delicious hot spiced wine called gluwein. A glass of gluwein with a cinnamon stick in it on a cold, snowy December day, right before Christmas, carries you warmly and with a warm glow throughout the entire Christkindlesmarkt. You can shop for hours and hours and never get tired of the handmade German wooden ornaments and German linens.

The Christkindlesmarkt is the only activity that would take precedent for me over seeing a castle, but this is what I came to see in Nuremberg, so I wanted you to see this first also. If you ever have a chance to spend Christmastime in Germany, do it! It really is a magical, fairytale, breathtaking time to experience. I spent Christmas in Germany, and even though I missed my family terribly at that time, it was an experience like no other. It is the "Nutcracker Suite" and "The Night Before Christmas" come alive and all rolled up in one.

Various scenes from Nuremberg, Germany.  Top picture is the Nuremberg Castle.
Various scenes from Nuremberg, Germany. Top picture is the Nuremberg Castle. | Source

Nuremberg History and Background

Nuremberg, is located in middle Franconia in the state of Bavaria in Germany. It sits directly between Wurzburg and Munich. The city was founded at the turn of the 11th century. From there the city enlarged and rose in importance because of its location on the key trade routes, specifically,the route to Italy. It became one of two great trade centers on this route with Augsburg being the second one. Merchant guilds grew quickly and became strong in Nuremberg, and the cultural flowering in the l5th and 16th centuries centered here in Nuremberg, and it became the center of the German Renaissance. In 1525 Nuremberg accepted the Protestant Reformation and became the center for the Lutheran Church in Bavaria. Today, the city is a thriving business center and cultural center in Bavaria

A rather sad note, but it must be recognized and mentioned here, is that Nuremberg became the center for the Nuremberg War Criminal Trials after WWII. In l945-1946, the Nazi officers and officials involved in the Holocaust were brought before an international tribunal who heard their trials by American military proscecutors for their crimes before and during WWII. This is a sad chapter in Nuremberg's history but a sadder one for all of Germany.

Nuremberg has a great cultural and artistic center, also. Two of history's most important and interesting cultural giants are associated with Nuremberg. Nicholaus Copernicus' main part of his scientific work was published in Nuremberg in 1543. And, Albrecht Durer, probably Germany's most famous painter, was born and lived here in the 15th century. You can visit his birthplace and home while in Nuremberg.

Durerhaus - the home of Germany's painter, Albrecht Durer, in Nuremberg, Germany.
Durerhaus - the home of Germany's painter, Albrecht Durer, in Nuremberg, Germany. | Source
Map of city of Nuremberg, Germany
Map of city of Nuremberg, Germany | Source

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    Suzette Walker 

    4 years ago from Taos, NM

    Daniel: I still didn't know Durer did the sketch of Pray Hands, but I am glad to know that now. I do know about Melancholia as I used it for an image in one of my hubs, I think on SAD. (Seasonal Affective Disorder) I have seen some of his beautiful paintings in Germany. I will certainly follow you back and I am so glad you have spent time on Gasparilla Island - I think that is the island George W. Bush and his dad go for fishing also. I have heard it is great fishing there. I know, Naples is the most beautiful part of Florida in my opinion. Thanks so much for the revisit and I appreciate your comments.

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    Daniel Wyvern 

    4 years ago from Athens, Georgia

    Hi again Suzette, A correction to my earlier comment: Praying Hands was a pen and ink drawing, not a sculpture. In researching that, I realized how many of Durer's works I had admired over the years. Melancholia I, St Jerome In His Study, Knight, Death and the Devil, and many of his self portraits. I am following you, but only if you add a hub for Durer soon. No pressure. PS - I've spent time on Gasparilla Island, Tarpon fishing, I love your area of Florida.

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    Suzette Walker 

    4 years ago from Taos, NM

    Daniel: I can tell you enjoyed your time there. I have been to Ansbach - another beautiful place in Germany. I was a teacher for DODDS in Wurzburg, Germany and so was able to see much of the country. I did not know that Durer was the sculptor of "Praying Hands." He is one of the great artists from Germany. I should add him to my art hubs. Thanks so much for your insightful comments and for visiting my hub. I appreciate your visit.

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    Daniel Wyvern 

    4 years ago from Athens, Georgia

    Hi Suzette, I was stationed in Ansbach, near Nuremberg for three years. Visited many times. Lots to see and do there. You've pointed out a few of the best sites. I wonder how many people know that Albrecht Durer was the sculptor of the iconic "Praying Hands"?

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    Suzette Walker 

    4 years ago from Taos, NM

    srsddn: Thank you for reading this. Nuremberg is beautiful at Christmas time especially! Glad you enjoyed this!

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    srsddn 

    4 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

    suzettenaples, Looks great. Thanks for sharing.

  • suzettenaples profile imageAUTHOR

    Suzette Walker 

    6 years ago from Taos, NM

    Thank you! To be able to spend Christmas in Germany was magical!

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    Movie Master 

    6 years ago from United Kingdom

    Hi suzette, another very interesting hub in your series, I would love to vist one of the Christmas markets they sound just wonderful and festive.

    Voting up

  • suzettenaples profile imageAUTHOR

    Suzette Walker 

    6 years ago from Taos, NM

    Thank you so much for reading this and your kind comments. Yes, it is beautiful and if you have a chance to visit here, do so. You won't be disappointed.

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    KathyH 

    6 years ago from Waukesha, Wisconsin

    Interesting, and what BEAUTIFUL pictures, sure looks like a pretty place to visit! :) Voted "up" and "interesting!

  • suzettenaples profile imageAUTHOR

    Suzette Walker 

    6 years ago from Taos, NM

    Thank you for reading and commenting. I enjoyed your input.

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    SEXYLADYDEE 

    6 years ago from Upstate NY

    Interesting!

    Dee

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