Although Nuremberg is currently packed with people thanks to its annual Christmas market, Hawkes visited before the market opened and found plenty of things to enjoy and discover about the city’s history and culture. Far from just being a destination that is best visited in the run-up to this Christmas, the German city would be a fantastic place to include on European river cruises in 2015 and even further into the future.
The highlight of his trip to Nuremberg was seeing the incredibly detailed wooden model of the medieval centre - an object all the more fascinating because it was completed in the 1930s and depicts the city before World War II destroyed its appearance beyond repair. On 2nd January 1945, a large amount of Nuremberg was destroyed during an Allied air raid and the wooden model depicts these parts down to the finest of details.
Hawkes also discovered Nürnberger Rostbratwurst, a local specialty that is very specific in its creation; the Society for the Protection of Nuremberg Bratwurst says that the sausages must be between seven and nine centimetres long and can weigh no more than 25g. These strict regulations have made locals very passionate about the Nürnberger Rostbratwurst and stalls selling the specialty can be found everywhere. Those who visit Nuremberg next year will also be able to take part in the 700th anniversary celebrations of the sausage, which includes a special exhibition.
In conclusion, Hawkes writes that “Nuremberg is beautiful — and likely to stay that way“. We would love to hear any of your experiences of visiting Nuremberg, so please head to the Scenic Tours Facebook page if you have stories or tips that you would like to share with fellow travellers.
Click on the below link to read Will Hawkes’ full travel review as published in the Washington Post.
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