Last weekend, I finally made it to Germany and Nuremberg was our city of choice! It was pretty much the only country in Western Europe that I hadn’t been to (and also my 51st, which I am very chuffed about!)
We went to Nuremberg so we could visit my boyfriend’s best friend. This also meant we could stay at his and had a great guide to the area as he has been living in the city for a few years now.
Firstly, after landing at its airport, it is SO easy to get to the city centre as it’s nicely connected on the subway and is just a normal fare too! So ideal. The city isn’t huge so it doesn’t take long to nip around on the train, or by foot for that matter.
We ventured to Cafe Meinheim which, by the way, is the most AMAZING breakfast place! Platters like these need to make their way to the UK ASAP! I opted for the ‘Schwedisches Frühstück’. This means ‘Swedish breakfast’ (I know, I didn’t even have a German meal as my first oops!) but honestly, I can rarely resist salmon! Check out all our plates below!
Following this, we wandered through Nuremberg. It is essentially a medieval city where most of the main attractions are within the castle walls. When you reach higher ground, you can see the 4 medieval towers marking each corner of the square. Unfortunately though, we experienced a very grey weekend so our pictures are rather dark!
It is a really pleasant city though and we just happened to be there on the first weekend of Nuremberg’s famous Christmas Market. Please flock from around the world to experience Germany’s Christmas markets. Interestingly, Nuremberg has established itself as a ‘less tacky’ option than others, so I was very excited to see my first authentic Christkindlmarkt!
There were beautiful horses doing little round-trips as well as a huge array of market stalls to peruse. I opted for a heart-shaped waffle and the others had some glühwein!
We continued exploring Nuremberg’s streets and loved all the cute bridges linking up the roads. It all looked so magical with the foliage falling into the river!
As dusk arrived, the city became all twinkly and pretty!
We decided it was time for drinks and some local Bavarian fare, but warning, in the winter ALWAYS pre-book a table. We had to wander around for nearly an hour to find a table and ended up sharing a massive table with 3 other groups, but with the 4 of us squeezed around the table’s corner. However, the restaurant (Hutt’n Essen & Trinken) was huge and had an amazing feel it it – lots of wooden beams, candles and huge random musical artefacts hanging from the ceiling! Odd but very cosy!
I ended up having the German style of Cordon Bleu together with ‘Kartoffelsalat’ which is like cold potatoes on the side. It doesn’t look particularly appetising but it was delicious! All the other meals that were being brought out were HUGE so I thought this would be a safe bet and I still didn’t finish it!
Evening in Nuremberg
The Christmas Market in Nuremberg is seriously busy in the evening. People stand in huge crowds mingling with each other.
I also noticed a cauldron of glühwein which I thought was pretty cool! We continued on to a few bars including what we decided to nickname the ‘Hammer Bar’ for the awesome game that had in there. It was as simple as a huge log and some nails (which you get from the bar) and you take it in turn to hammer them in, but with the skinny side of the hammer. Whoever gets their nail in first wins!! Sounds very ‘simple’ but is so hard and we had such a laugh playing it, I think we had 3 rounds in the end and we had quite the audience in the bar, all cheering us on. They even have a name for this ‘Hammerschlagen’ and it needs to come to the UK as soon as possible!
The following day, we decided to head to Bamburg which is about an hour’s train ride north of Nuremberg and only about 9 euros return. A large part of the town is a UNESCO world heritage site, but to be honest, I really wasn’t expecting it to be as beautiful as it was! I even preferred its Christmas Markets to Nuremberg’s as they were full of locals, rather than tourists, and had a really friendly low-key atmosphere.
Overall, these two towns were the perfect introduction to Germany. I’ve realised I’d love to see them in the summer too and to explore the surrounding countryside!
Are you planning to go to Nuremberg or Bamburg soon, or have you already been? Let me know in the comments if you have any more top tips or any feedback! I’d love to hear from you 🙂 x
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