Nuremberg is, for most of us, most commonly linked with the activities of the Nazis during WWII, being the location chosen by the Nazi Party for the Nuremberg rallies and then later the site of the most famous war crimes trials in modern history. But it is a city with a long and intricate history. Founded at the turn of the 11th century, Nuremberg's importance as a location along key trade routes grew until the late 1500s. During this period, Nuremberg was known as the 'unofficial capital' of the Holy Roman Empire and in the 15th and 16th centuries, Nuremberg was also considered to be the centre of the German Rennaissance.
The Kaiserberg stands high overlooking the town and it was here that all of the German Emperors of the Holy Roman Empire resided at one time or another. This Imperial Castle is the symbol of Nuremberg and is deemed to be one of the most important palaces of the Middle Ages.
Photo source: www.nuernberg.de
|The Holy Chapel, just off the main hall...|
|...where we dined in splendor.|
|A pre-dinner cocktail of Raspberry and Cassis|
|The empty sausage platter was pushed aside while my colleague ate every piece of dragon fruit in sight|
The end of the week saw it down to just two of us who had stayed on to tidy up so to celebrate the end of a successful week, we headed off to Peruvian restaurant (as one does in downtown Nuremberg) El Encanto. The ambience may have been a little lacklustre...
|El Encanto - made up for its lack of ambience with amazing food|
...but the food was so good (avocado and tomato salad, dumplings and then fish for main - completely scrumptious) and the cocktails so forthcoming, I forgot to take another picture until the funky teaset came out at the end.
Saturday morning arrived and I packed up my things and headed off to the station for the fastest-train-in-Germany (300km/hr) trip back to Munich to connect with my flight. But after the reasonably balmy temperatures of the week, I was little under-dressed for the bone-chilling air on the platform...
|Even that front pigeon looks cold!|