The most “German city in Germany”, this place is where the Nazi’s used to hold meetings. The history is pretty grim, but very interesting. The castle is easy to find and there is a video that shows the progression of the castle from 1100ac. I found it amazing how much a castle can change depending on who is taking care of it. Even more interesting are the bunkers and tunnels underneath the castle, which where used to store valuables during the second world war, including works of art from various churches around Germany, so to preserve them if the churches were bombed. The entrance shows gas masks, which made me feel what a horrible place this town would have been. I was not there in time for a tour of the tunnels, which are held at 2:30pm daily, so could only see inside the entrance. I find it very interesting the preparation that Germany did to prepare for war, so as to preserve the German history, such as storing art works, and keeping architectural drawings for many buildings so as to rebuild to the original specifications.
Despite the grim history, the whole old town is just like out of a postcard with perfect German houses and typical churches. The town is famous for the Christmas Markets, being the most famous markets in Germany. They were huge, the biggest I’ve been to so far, selling absolutely everything you could need at Christmas time from chocolate and gingerbread, toys, decorations, meat and of course gluhwein. There was also a concert, with only horn instruments, which played throughout the night.
Prices (all in Euro and current at time of posting
Bus Münich to Nuremberg – 5; Accommodation – 40/night (private room in guesthouse); Dinner at Il Dolce & I Panini – 11;