A Different Side of Germany
The diversity of sites, and culture is what makes Germany such an interesting place to tour. Berlin is the home base of this blog so naturally this city has been explored fairly well in the past months. From the famous Alexanderplatz and Brandenburg gate in the east to the massive Tiergarten park in the west we've seen it all. Berlin itself being a very large and cosmopolitan city it is naturally very far removed from the Germany that many people typically think of and know. Visions of castles, grand forests, large beer steins, and lederhosen come to mind of course!
However there is much more to Germany than these two extremes lead you to believe. A recent weekend visit to Nuremberg in the Franconian region of Bavaria offered a great view into a new culture. Nuremberg seems to act as a bridge between the southern Bavarian culture of Munich and that of the north. The city center features a walled castle on a hilltop overlooking the rest of the town and suburbs.
However, once away from this pre-medieval castle the town looks...well very "non-castle-like". Surprisingly though as you exit the castle area you still feel that cultural richness of southern Germany still shining though. The buildings of Nuremberg were mostly destroyed during WWII and afterwards an immense reconstruction effort took place to restore many of the damaged or destroyed buildings to their original beauty. The result is views like this looking towards the castle area in the background.
Wandering a bit further will eventually lead you to the Pegnitz river which meanders through the old town area. The river offers residents and tourists alike a quiet places to walk, enjoy a beer, a coffee or a nap. A lucky few can enjoy all of these amenities while still being at home such as those living here:
Overall Nuremberg was fascinating to visit during the spring as the trees, and flowers were in full bloom all around the cities parks allowing for the full beauty of nature to be seen.
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