My last couple of days in Harste passed too quickly. I spent most of the time blogging and sorting out my photos, baking chocolate speculoos brownies to take to Erlangen and Mainz, heading into Gottingen to pick up the film I left to get developed, packing and cleaning the house. Admittedly, I spent a lot of time Facebooking and painting my nails and was still vacuuming the house at midnight and packing at 2.30am, but we got there in the end! I also got in a few runs after realizing five nights in Italy had seen me gain 3kg!
|Lissa and I|
I was moving pretty slowly the next morning and only made it to Nuremberg around eleven. My Lonely Planet was buried in my pack, so I just walked into the city to see what I could find. Nuremberg was bombed pretty heavily in the war, but there are still some amazing buildings there, and everything has those beautiful red rooves.
I grabbed some sushi for lunch and sat outside the town hall to eat before continuing with my walk. There were a lot of buskers and little market stalls that gave the place a great atmosphere, and a lot of statues or fountains, some of which were really creepy! The city also still has it's town wall, big parts of which are still intact and look really cool.
|Nuremberg, one of the weird statues|
After walking past some churches, plazas and town halls, I stumbled upon the Nuremberg Castle and ended up doing a tour of it. It has existed in some form or another since at least 1105, and had three seperate sections, an imperial section for the Kaiser, a section for the Burgraves (the state rulers) of Nuremberg when it was a state of the Holy Roman Empire and a section for the municipality. It's in pretty good nick, they restored it really well after the war, and its the first castle I've been properly inside as opposed to the palaces I visited in France and Spain.
The tour was in German, so I didn't really get that much, but it enabled me to see through the private wings, a unique chapel that has a lower section for the working class, upper section for the higher class, and a gallery above that for the royalty. We also saw a deep well, which didn't interest me, and I went up the tower to get a view over the whole city. I much prefer going up ancient castle towers than modern sky-tower-type buildings!
|View from Nuremberg Castle tower|