Nuremberg = Sausages, beer, Christmas markets... d

Trip Start Dec 14, 2010
Trip End Jan 03, 2011

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

So here we are in Nuremberg, or the 'Christmas City' as the Tourism Board here would prefer it to be known! It is most famous for the annual Christkindlemarkt or Christmas Market and was the main reason for our visit. 

We arrived here on Monday evening after quite a long journey from Amsterdam. Having been sat down all day we dropped our bags at the hotel (conveniently only a short walk from the train station in the snow) and wandered into town. We soon came across the Christmas market which at that time of the evening was still a hive of activity, mostly of people eating sausages and drinking gluhwein (german version of mulled wine).  We thought we ought to join in the festivities and try one of Nuremberg's specialties... Drei im Weckla (or to you and me, three little roasted sausages shoved in a bun... ta-da!) before making our way to the House of Bratwurst for more sausages and a stein of beer to celebrate being in Germany.

Yesterday we spent the whole day walking around the city centre.  The highlight for John was a trip albeit of 5 minutes) to the Exhibition commemorating the story of the advent calendar.  Yes, again, it was a boring as it sounds with a few posters and pictures stuck up around the walls of the old Town Hall.  Next it was a hike up the hill to the Kaiserburg Castle, which trusty Lonely Plant had informed me was not to be missed.  The only way to see inside the castle is by guided tour, so after purchasing tickets we joined the next tour and made our way inside.  Unfortunately for us, it was only at this point that we became aware that the tour was an hour and half long... and delivered only in German! 

After this we took the scenic route (thanks to my map reading skills :-S) back to the city centre for another walk around the Christmas Market with a quick stop to buy a little Christmas decoration before picking up a bottle of wine to take back to the hotel and some snacks for the train tomorrow.  We had a relaxing evening enjoying the sauna and steam room facilities at the hotel.

Today we are making our way to Munich to catch our overnight train to Rome, which we are both really looking forward to (well the Rome part probably more so than the train part anyway).

Hope you are all enjoying the lead up to Christmas... who knows what an Italian Christmas will bring for us!

Until next time... Stay classy San Diego.

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James Actionson on

wow looks like your very busy bet your nackered by new years!
thats some inpressive drinking sarah!
loving all the pictures and stories keep them coming and have a merry christmas xxx

Mum and Dad on

Lovely photos again- the snow just makes the Christmas market even more special. how did you manage to pick up the full Stein with your wrists?
Travel safe and keep the stories coming. Love Mum and Dadxx

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