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An Evening Stroll in Nuremberg

I'm on a quick work trip to Nuremberg to talk to a company we work closely with about data analytics and data visualization. As the meetings start early in the day tomorrow, that meant I had to come the day before and spend the night. Tough gig!

Being the tourist that I am and having a bit of time to kill as the sun set, I went for stroll in the area surrounding my hotel. From my hotel I walked uphill to the Imperial Castle of Nuremberg. According to the Castle's website:

The Imperial Castle is the symbol of Nuremberg. Since the Middle Ages its silhouette has represented the power and importance of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation and the outstanding role of the imperial city of Nuremberg.

Once inside the walls, you're struck with some amazing timbered houses. I can only assume people live here because there were cars outside each one.


Walk around to the right and suddenly you are facing Sinwell Tower. Apparently you can climb up inside...bummed I didn't know that at the time, but I bet it was closed anyway.

Sinwell Tower was named after its cylindrical form: “sinwell” in Middle High German means approximately “extremely round”

The Sinwell Tower served as a "keep", in other words it was primarily built for status and defence purposes, and probably functioned mainly as an optical deterrent. Because of its considerable height, attackers could be detected quickly.
Pass through the archway to the right of Sinwell Tower and you have an incredible view of the old center of Nuremberg.


From there, I left the Castle on the north side and saw another building that looked quite similar to Sinwell Tower except it was perfectly rectangular. With the sun setting and glowing off of the bricks, I made the assumption that this too was part of the Imperial Castle. It kind of is part of the old castle, as it now serves as DJH Youth Hostel. How cool would it be to stay in a 500 year old castle??

DJH Youth Hostel
As I continued my walk around the front of the Castle, I had to walk through this tunnel. Nothing particularly special except for the way the sun was shining through the tunnel opening at the end.


I followed the outside of the Castle to the southwest passing it on my left, looking for a route back to my hotel, when I stumble across The Neutor, an old gate of the Nuremberg city ​​wall.


The Neutorturm is one of the four distinctive, round main towers of the Nuremberg city fortification, its old name is "Grün K". (Wikipedia)
Looking at Google Maps on my way back to the hotel, I saw another tourist attraction highlighted. I think Google knows I'm a sucker for anything within walking distance. I navigated my way around the windy, cobblestone streets to find Weißgerbergasse, a collection of half-timbered houses from the Middle Ages. These are some seriously old houses!


It started to get dark as I began the final wander back to the hotel. I really didn't have anything else to do, so I avoided the alleys that provide a shortcut in favor of seeing a bit more of the city. Turning towards the hotel, staring at me is St. Sebaldus Church.


St. Sebaldus Church is a medieval church in Nuremberg, Germany, which was finished in 1273-75 as a Romanesque basilica with two choirs. It is one of the most important churches of the city, and also one of the oldest. It takes its name from Sebaldus, an 8th-century hermit and missionary and patron saint of Nuremberg. It has been a Lutheran parish church since the Reformation.
I'm constantly amazed by the "oldness" of Europe when I travel for work or with the family. There's so much character, so much history, so much to explore and understand. Living in the UK and being so close to continental Europe has opened my eyes to places and cultures I never would have experienced if we still lived in the US.

Go out! Explore the World!

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