Stadt Nürnberg~

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Albrecht Durer house in the Alstadt (Old Town) of Nuremberg.
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The old town of Nuremberg is another half-timbered medieval Bavarian town that lets you experience the uncanny feeling of walking back in time. Tiergartnerplatz Alstadt.
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It is time travel without the need for a time machine!

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These stained glass windows in Sebalduskirche (St. Sebald’s Church) circa 1250, were shining from the outside,
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creating a divine impression!
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Archangel Michael (circa 1408) in Lorenzkirche (St Lorenz Church).
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Heilig Geist Spital over the River Pegnitz was originally built as a hospice, but is now a home for the elderly.
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Cheers to you from the living Medieval town of Nuremberg~

217 thoughts on “Stadt Nürnberg~

  1. Great set of photos. I think I’ve seen photos of that statue of Archangel Michael in art history classes or Medieval Studies presentations.

    • You probably have. I was struck by all the really old painted statues in the churches. They were so beautiful and lifelike. Hope all is well my friend~

  2. Such great beauty….and yet the name “Nuremberg” always brings to mind the great tribunals after WWII….trials of the beasts. Beauty and the beasts….

    • Yes, very much a confusing dialectic of opposites. Whenever I travel in Europe I see evidence of prior ghettos and forced displacements of Jewish people going so far back in time. The anti-semitism is so ugly and cruel. People can be so cruel and ugly, and people can create such beauty and kindness. It is an unknowable dialectic.
      While on this subject, let’s not begin to discuss Trump, his virulent racism and that of the people who follow him, so many, it is appalling. I will not live in a country with a President Trump. Canada better start building a wall.

  3. Wonderful pictures Cindy, thanks so much. My cousin ;lives/works in Nuremburg and has never shared the beauty of the place like this.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

  4. Cindy– this town looks too charming to be real– so lovely that it’s been preserved so well. –Love traveling second hand with you thanks to your gorgeous photos–

  5. Ah, my dream home has stained glass windows like those! So inspiring and beautiful. Thank you for taking us on a magical trip back in time Cindy! 🙂

  6. It is a beautiful old town, well worth visiting. I only remember a big well we had our photo taken and I snuggled to my dad as I was worried I would fall in. That is all I remember. I was very small then though. 🙂

  7. Sometimes is so beautiful to make a trip back in time. And I just did it with your beautiful post, Cindy. You’re right. When you can see such amazing cities with the print of time on them, you don’t need a time machine.
    <3

    • Oh, so sorry! There are so many beautiful churches in Nuremberg. After awhile one can get “churched out!” Except my husband. He never gets churched out!

      • Laughing, I definitely had this when I was 16 in England with my mother for a month, that is all we did, day after day, a taxicab driver told her, “You are literally stuffing her with culture!” I did feel stuffed! 😉

  8. When I hear the word Nuremberg I so often think of the dark side of humanity — I’m glad to see that the beauty that was created centuries ago has found a way to shine through again.

    • Yes, this was my association with the name as well and we visited the Nazi parade grounds, the documentation center and on prior trips, we have been to Dachau and Struthof and Hitler’s Obersalzburg and Eagle’s Nest. Humans are a dangerous species. Look at Isis now.
      It is so difficult to comprehend the presence of such gentle beauty, and such horror, arising in the same little town. It is sobering and scary because we need to understand that it didn’t end with WWII.

      • If only the human race could learn from its past horrors. Individuals have made loving progress but as a species we have a ways to go for sure. The love and beauty you share with your spirit and photos is the future I wish for humanity.

  9. Hi Cindy > Love those stained glass windows but honestly the last but one photo with the river is amazing. Vibrant electric blues vs the pink building – absolutely love it. Wonderful !

  10. I love the statue of Michael with his sword! And those stained glass windows and the home for seniors are stunning — great photos, Cindy!

    • These painted wooden statues are so beautiful and so old! I was really taken with them too. And those seniors have a room with a view don’t they! Good for them~

  11. Great photography and history. In relation to Old Nuremberg, where are (or were) the courthouse buildings which held the Nuremberg Trials following World War II – and, did you see them?

    • The Nuremberg trials were held in The Palace of Justice, courtroom 600. The palace is still in use today and room 600 is still a courtroom. We visited the Palace, the Documentation Center, and the Nazi rally grounds made infamous in Leni Riefenstahl’s movie, “Triumph of Will.” The rally grounds were used for the annual rallies you have seen in videos and photographs. I have read the transcripts of the trials and saw the still available video and I understand your interest as a lawyer and human being. See this link for more info:
      http://www.memorium-nuremberg.de/history/history.html
      In prior visits to Germany we have been to Dachau, Struthof (a concentration camp in Alsace for the European resistance), Hitler’s redoubt in Obersalzburg and his Eagle’s Nest, as well as the Nazi museum in Obersalzburg. This was an intense experience, which took place over two separate trips about ten years ago. I did prior posts on this. Here is one link: http://cindyknoke.com/2012/12/03/struthof/
      At one time, I considered majoring in Holocaust Studies, but instead became a psychotherapist and mental health director. I have worked with holocaust survivors, both as colleagues and clients, including survivors of other holocausts, most especially the Sudan.

  12. The stunning architecture is breath-taking! I especially love the way Heilig Geist Spital arches over the water. Thank you, Cindy! Just what I needed on a cold, cloudy day. <3

  13. Like a fairytale – I love medieval towns. They really stir my imagination. There must have been damage from the war… did you learn of any restoration work?

  14. Wonderful photos. I’ve never seen stained glass windows like that from the outside -extraordinary! Such beautiful architecture- it must have been a rich town.

    • I just read a ranking that put Germany near the top of the ten best countries to live in. Considering this place compared to Assisted Living facilities in the US creates a bit of a temptation…..I can see myself watching the world go by from one of these windows, and think of all the fascinating options when you “accidentally” wander off……….. 😉

    • Oh I know you do remember. You have shared so many wonderfull memories. I think you may want to go back and see things with your adult eyes alongside your childhood memories.

  15. Why doesn’t it surprise me that Albrecht Dürer lived in a house like that? Wonderful photographs that make me want to book a flight and go to Germany.

  16. Liebe Cindy da sind dir aber super Fotos gelungen aus Nürnberg toll hab einen schönen Sonntag mit ganz vielen lieben Grüßen Klaus in Freundschaft

  17. Great detail, Cindy. The architecture looks amazing. Is the town overshadowed by the association with the Nuremburg Trials? Or, does it seem to be in the very remote past?

    • I think it is overshadowed. It’s history goes back so far before the contemporary nightmare. I mean it was a thriving artistic center in the middle ages.
      BTW, this is freaking brilliant question. Thank you for raising it. I wish others, more knowledgeable than I, would also weigh in and answer it.

      • Hi Cindy. I’m “deeply” into that era since I’m writing a new novel about that time period. It strikes me that we (collectively) haven’t really fully comprehended how fascism radically shifted our concept of evil and how we can combat it. Nuremburg was society’s attempt to understand that evil, but even so, we fell short. It just was beyond comprehension at that point, and it’s no less clear today…despite the fact that genocide still continues. Let’s see what others think about that!!

      • I have a long term interest in this period of history too. Check out my response to another commenter. You might find it of interest:
        The Nuremberg trials were held in The Palace of Justice, courtroom 600. The palace is still in use today and room 600 is still a courtroom. We visited the Palace, the Documentation Center, and the Nazi rally grounds made infamous in Leni Riefenstahl’s movie, “Triumph of Will.” The rally grounds were used for the annual rallies you have seen in videos and photographs. I have read the transcripts of the trials and saw the still available video and I understand your interest as a lawyer and human being. See this link for more info:
        http://www.memorium-nuremberg.de/history/history.html
        In prior visits to Germany we have been to Dachau, Struthof (a concentration camp in Alsace for the European resistance), Hitler’s redoubt in Obersalzburg and his Eagle’s Nest, as well as the Nazi museum in Obersalzburg. This was an intense experience, which took place over two separate trips about ten years ago. I did prior posts on this. Here is one link: http://cindyknoke.com/2012/12/03/struthof/
        At one time, I considered majoring in Holocaust Studies, but instead became a psychotherapist and mental health director. I have worked with holocaust survivors, both as colleagues and clients, including survivors of other holocausts, most especially the Sudan.

  18. This visit to Nuremberg was gorgeous throughout the entire “tour,” Cindy. Your photos which captivated me the most were the ethereal ones of the cathedral windows with the architecture so beautiful, as well as the stained glass. The angel was such a precious cherub, too. Thank you for the details you provided, Cindy. Made me feel like you were my “Guide.” <3

    • This is happening a lot to me. I get either unfollowed and/or people’s posts don’t appear in my reader. It is very frustrating for me because I never know it is happening and people probably assume I lost interest which couldn’t be further from the truth. Thank goodness you at least alerted me, others might not and this bothers me a lot. I have refollowed you. Please let me know if this happens again and be well my friend~ <3

    • Some places in the world call me back again and again. Africa, Antarctica and medieval towns do this to me. They seem divine in very different ways.

  19. The pictures are wonderful, Cuz. The buildings are beautiful. The the unimaninable horror that the trials held there, that brought fame to this city are simply unbelievable. The inhumanity of war, greed, and power…..!

  20. I enjoyed seeing the photos of the old buildings. They are wonderful. We lived in Furth/Nuremburg years ago, ’71-’72, and got to see it all first hand. Germany is a beautiful country.

    • Welcome and how interesting it must have been to live in Germany! It is indeed a beautiful country and I keep finding myself returning and not just for the food! 😉

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