Deutschland right in the middle

 

Nürnberg is a stunning piece of Germany, since the first time I visited the city I talked about it whenever asked why I find this country so beautiful and intense to choose to live in.

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The perfect getaway for a weekend, I find Altstadt, the city centre contoured by the walls, a damn romantic area to walk around. Churches and squares creates the perfect balance along with the river passing by in the middle and its bridges.

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View an der Fleischbrücke

Shops and Cafes, the centre is happily buzzing with people and activities..

..After the main square, Marktplatz, it gets hilly and your breath shorter; it’s the sign you’re reaching the fortress, where a perfect view and location offer the cheeky occasion to kiss your beloved one in an unique panorama.

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The view

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Fortess Garden

Close to the fortress a lovely square hosts Dürer’s house, an artist I always admired back in my arts studies, especially because of his importance in connecting Italian and German arts, moreover for his graphic artworks. The tour guide explained us how a citizen here used to show the ‘status/richness’ by building stone walls instead of bricks-wood. The more floors made of stones, the merrier/richer. Dürer had only 2 levels, I would have given him at least 3 for importance.

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Back to the days, Nürnberg was a city of Kaisers, kings and servants and the Pope was never so welcome, not by chance Hitler chose it as neuralgic point: its location, the center of Germany, its history…Shortly the city became a pulsing spot of this dark time, with its culmination during the the Nuremberg Trials. Also this part of history is not to miss while there.

Lighter topic: my top spot was by far Trödelmarkt area!

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Extra point also for Weißgerbergasse, stunning!

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I’ll end this description with a personal event: I was visiting St. Sebald Church when on a bench I found a memory card. 8GB. Like the lottery. I waited for someone to claim it, church filled with people, nobody came. So I took it and fantasised for 2 entire days about its content: I was so sorry someone lost it but at the same time so happy to see moments of some strangers who were in the same day in Nürnberg with me. Maybe I could see the rest of their holidays, maybe a birthday celebration, maybe a trekking in the nature or some cheeky selfies. I was pretty excited to escape with my mind while peeking in somebody else’s shoes.

Gutted at the end, the memory card was empty. But lucky me, I had some personal good memories of this wonderful city in Bayern!

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