Sunday, December 18, 2011

I GO: Guten Tag, Nuremberg!

When planning my winter trip through Germany and France, the Nuremberg Christkindlmarkt somehow emerged as the itinerary's central focus. I rarely go to Europe in the winter so I figured this was my chance to finally see a German Christmas fair. 

The Nuremberg Christkindlmarkt was every bit as charming as I thought it would be, but the town was surprisingly even more so. After Berlin, Nuremberg posed a welcome contrast. Don't get me wrong, Berlin was an interesting city to tour, but there's something about Old Town Nuremberg that filled me up with folksy warmth. The people, in my opinion, are much friendlier, and the town is delightfully picturesque. Probably all the cobblestone, "old-school" German architecture, and the presence of a wall encircling Old Town. Lovely, lovely, lovely.

Enjoy the pictures after the jump!

This is Albrecht Durer's former house. If you've never heard of his name, click here. Unlike most "historic establishment turned museum" tours like itself, the Albrecht Durer house's audio guide is surprisingly entertaining. You're led around the house by Durer's wife, who spews barbed comments about Durer's friends throughout the tour. 

Christkindlmarkt. I'll be uploading a vlog dedicated to it soon, but I thought I'd put some pictures up first. Sorry there aren't more or better ones. The combination of rain and wind brought my fingers uncomfortably close to freezing and killed my will to take pictures. The last picture is my favorite find at the market. They're figures made out of walnuts and prunes! Don't know what I'd ever do with a figure like that, but the craftsmanship is certainly laudable.

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