Arrival in Nuremburg

Nuremberg Castle
Nuremberg Castle in Autumn (Wikipedia)

We planned our time in Nuremberg this morning. We tried to get an idea of the location of our hotel, the Azimut on Pirckheimerstraße. It is just beyond the periphery of the tourist map provided by Viking.

Mitte Nuremberg, Azimut hotel
Google Map shows the area we visited

I went on deck to watch the passage through a lock, this time descending toward Nuremberg.IMG_2948

I got a picture of the lock mechanism and got sprinkled in the process. Unlike many other gates, this one lifts up and drips on the ships as they pass under!

The ship tied up about 11:50 AM. After lunch we boarded the bus for our tour of Nuremberg.

The guided tour was good, moving from Nuremberg castle (pictured above) down to the “beautiful fountain” in the Hauptmarkt.

SchoneBrunne
Beutiful Fountain, Hauptmarkt

Nuremberg center was bombed during the war and reconstructed from photographs and blueprints.

Nuremberg, bomb damage, 1945

Nuremberg, 1945 (Wikipedia)

We each had a beer at the Café and Bar Celona (Get it? Combining German charm and Spanish efficiency). This is located along the Pegnitz river, which runs right through the center of town. We waited a long time for our beers and after about 40 minutes managed to pay and tour a little about the center before our rendezvous with the bus.

At the Café and Bar Celona
At the Café and Bar Celona

We looked inside the St. Sebaldus church, the oldest in the city, now a protestant church.

Neher, St Sebaldus painting
Painting of St Sebaldus, ca. 1850, attributed to Michael Neher. Click picture for link to details.

Nearby in Winklerstraße there is a famous cake shop, the Café Neef.

outrageous cake
At the Café Neef

After our walking tour we rejoined the bus, and had a nice dinner aboard ship. The next day was disembarkation; unlike others we were not flying out, because we had planned to stay an extra day in Nuremberg before flying on to Paris.

Viking River Cruises Meal
Lobster Tail

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