By our third day of the trip my legs were seriously aching. (I think I bruised my left heel, then spent the rest of the trip walking funny to compensate. Please don’t blame the shoes. They are the same boots I wore in Rome and we did WAY more walking there. I blame the fact that I’m a wee bit heavier with baby on board) Anyway – any ambitious plans were out. A theme for the trip and probably for future trips with the little one.
We spent a good bit of time at the Christmas market – sampling some more food.
We headed up a few blocks to Lorenzkirche to have a look around. They were holding an organ concert at 12:30 which was beautiful. Steve and I are both suckers for organ music. This one had a particular ‘tinkling bell’ device that they used at the end of one of the songs. When the device was used you saw a rotating star up on the organ case. When the ‘tinkling bells’ stopped the star stopped. Pretty cool.
After the market Steve headed off across town to take in a museum. The Germanic National Museum had quite a few interesting things including ancient bits of churches, paintings, and musical instruments. All good, but nothing particularly sticks out in his memory.
I did a little bit of shopping for Steve’s birthday and christmas presents then headed back to the hotel for a rest.
Dinner was at a great little wine cellar – literally a ‘hole in the wall.’
As for our Nuremberg hotel recommendation: we stayed at the Hotel Lucas
- Fabulous location within walking distance of the train station and between the main shopping district and the old city square where the Christmas market was held.
- Our room (304) was very large – would be excellent with a baby as you could let the baby sleep in its pram in the entryway.
- The rooms on the back of the hotel would have really lovely views over the river, and would also be quieter. (but maybe not as big)
- They served a very nice breakfast in their busy cafe downstairs. A very nice change from the usual quiet B&B breakfast room with lots of local action and people watching. The food was very well done.
- A downside is that the hotel didn’t have a lift – so not great with a stroller or a heavy bag.
- Overall excellent value in the €90 price range.