We took an Advent trip to Nürnberg, Germany, to visit the world famous Christmas Market – and we had absolutely beautiful weather for this visit to Bavaria.
These rocks were just tailor made for climbing, and David climbed right up them like a mountain goat – which was a nice diversion and excuse for him to play.
Nürnberg is a beautiful town because of all the Old World buildings and towers that dot the city’s skyline – providing a scenic view everywhere you look.
Standing on the rocks under the looming medieval tower above him, this scene may not have changed much for hundreds of years.
Like a picture straight out of a fairy tale, these half-timbered buildings along with a classic medieval tower creates a scene straight out of a children’s storybook.
David stands beside the huge door through the city wall with a double-headed eagle painted on it, along with a small covered opening to see who stands outside the gate.
We had first visited the Christmas Market in Nürnberg at the end of 1989 when we were stationed at Hahn AB – five years ago when David was almost three.
We couldn’t have asked for nicer weather in December to visit Nürnberg – during our 1989 visit the cold was bone chilling as I recall.
Everywhere I pointed my camera there was a, “picture post card view” – which is the amazing aspect to much of Europe – which has done much to preserve the buildings and feeling of the Old World.
The date on the building to the left is 1486 – six years before Christopher Columbus’ initial voyage to the New World.
With a river running through the middle of Nürnberg there are lots of nice views of the water in town, which always adds to the ambiance of any city.
The wonderful thing about many European cities is how they have made beautiful pedestrian zones or, “Fussgängerzone” – which make cities so pleasant and enjoyable – here David and I pose for a picture.
David and I stand in the middle of the pedestrian zone on a beautiful day in Nürnberg, and the Old World charm of the city surrounds us on all sides.
This building had amazing sand stone work on it, and the creativity and craftsmanship of the builders is self-evident in the great work that they did.
The tower says it’s almost 12:00 noon, and our tour of Nürnberg hadn’t included the Christmas Market yet – which will be the next posting in this series.
As we approach the Christmas Market you can see the size of the crowds, where everyone enjoys the red and white striped stalls that display an amazing selection of merchandise for sale and fantastic food to sample.
David recreates the same pose on the neck of a goose in a fountain as he did five years ago when he was almost three – now he’s approaching eight – where did the time go?
Here’s a view from a tower showing Nürnberg’s skyline, with towers and domes rising into the sky everywhere you look – the next post in this series is of Nürnberg’s world-famous Christmas Market.