When I booked our KLM flight using 25,000 American Express Membership Reward points per person for a one way flight I knew that I wouldn’t be able to get a flight directly to Prague from Amsterdam. When that happens the best advice I can give is to look for alternate cities that might be close to where you want to go. For us, it was Nuremberg, Germany.
Nuremberg was a city that I have never been to. All I knew of it was that it was the site of the famous Nuremberg War Trials that were held after World War II as well as the parade grounds where the Nazi soldiers would march around as a show of force. I began looking at other things to see and do using Trip Advisor as my guide. I knew there were a lot of Nazi related buildings to see but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to see them or not. Since we were not going to be there very long, we actually decided not to do the Nazi tour and instead focus on the city as it is now and also to see it as the medieval major city that it was.
I’m so fortunate that we were able to spend a night here as I probably wouldn’t have vacationed in Nuremberg. Nuremberg Airport is a small airport and we had no problem getting around or finding the ticket kiosks for the trains outside of the airport. A German gentleman who was on our flight decided to “stay” with us as we purchased our tickets and directed us to the appropriate track. We have found that people are friendly and helpful particularly if you ask for help.
We stayed at the Holiday Inn Hauptbahnhof which indeed was a few short blocks to the train station where our bus for Prague would depart from. We did not use points as the rooms were not very expensive and it was a good opportunity to earn some points and there was also an IHG promotion going on. The room was fine and it would be what Americans would call small but I believe it was an average size for European hotel rooms.
When I asked the person working the front desk for a recommendation for dinner she was quick to recommend Barfuber located in the pedestrian mall area inside the old walled city. It was a lively spot and one that seemed to attract many local residents as well as a few tourists. I had the fried dumplings and Blogger Husband had roasted pork with gravy and a bread dumpling. Portions were more than ample, the beer was delicious and we had a great time here people watching. If in Nuremberg I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
The next day we arose bright and early and after having a good breakfast at our hotel we took off to walk around the city. We had a 4:40 PM reservation on the bus to Prague so we were anxious to see as much of Nuremberg as we could.
I was really amazed at the intact wall that went around the older part of the city. I’ve been in other cities that were walled, but this one was spectacular since it appeared to me that the entire wall was intact and not just a portion.
One of the entrances to get inside the walled portion was also the entrance to the Handwerkerhof where many of the items are handmade, especially those involving metal. If you were to be here in December, this would be a very popular area for the Christmas markets.
Since we were up and out early none of the stops were open but we did do some window shopping and planned to come back on our way back to our hotel. We then walked toward the open air market…the Hauptmarkt where fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheese, food trucks, soaps, etc all for sale. Apparently we were there during the harvest of the white asparagus and I was told Germans love their white asparagus!
We continued walking and headed toward the castle admiring all the buildings and scenery on the way. Like almost all castles, it is an up hill walk but as you were walking up there were spots to stop and view Nuremberg from an elevated position. I still am amazed at the number of terra cotta tiled roofs – roofs that I had only previously seen on our south. They certainly added color to the landscape. After walking around the castle it was a much easier descent back down to the street.
We headed back to the Hauptmarkt for some “looking” and “buying” and perhaps lunch as well. We found the sandwiches we wanted and took them to the bridge over the Pegnitz River which ran through the pedestrian mall area. It was a beautiful spot to eat our lunch. The buildings along side of the river or even in the middle of the fork of the river seemed like they came out of a fairytale. What do you think?
I’m so glad that we were able to spend some time in Nuremberg and it is a city that I would love to come back and spend more time seeing some of the sights that we didn’t get the chance to see during our 24 hours.
To get to our final destination of Prague we looked at traveling on a train or, as suggested on Trip Advisor, to take a bus. Hmm, buses just aren’t my thing but the train required a layover and a change where the bus would be a direct route from Nuremberg to Prague and would take about 2 hours less than the train. I figured I could “suck it up” for a few hours and if it were really bad, then it would give me fodder for a great blog. The bus left from the train station and it was a double decker bus. It was wonderful. There were probably about 15 of us on the bus and we all had plenty of room. As I mentioned, it was a direct bus that took us through the countryside on our way to Prague. I was amazed at the hundreds and hundreds of solar cells that were alongside the highway in Germany. Again, this was a rural area dotted with farms except for all the solar cells. I wonder why our country hasn’t adopted this idea of harnessing solar power? We had arranged with our hotel in Prague to send a car to pick us up and as we got off of the bus, there was a gentleman holding a sign with our name on it. We jumped in his car and off we went to our hotel in Prague.