Travel Photography in Nuremberg

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After weeks (months?!) of varying degrees of lockdown due to the pandemic, travel restrictions in Germany and the EU started to relax. So Nathanael and I started planning our first post-lockdown trip. We opted to travel within Germany, as dates for re-opening borders were still unfolding, and we weren't ready for planes or airports. But where in Germany to go? We decided on a little time in Bavaria's second largest city, Nuremberg, and most of our time in the surrounding countryside of Franconia. This change of scene was a great combination of fresh air, beautiful landscapes, and photogenic landmarks. I was so excited to create travel content again! Let's start with the city part of the trip (I will share content from the countryside later).                         

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It was definitely lunchtime when we arrived, so after dropping off our bags we quickly went to find some food. In the Altstadt, or Old Town, we found a courtyard beside an old city gate tower and had to check it out. This small quarter with cobblestone streets has quaint buildings housing shops, artists' studios and a few cafes. We found one with space in the beer garden and settled in to our table beneath the tower. While taking in our surroundings, we noticed divets in the tower wall. Not only that, but these also seemed to provide cozy shelter, such as for this bee that decided to crawl inside and have a rest!

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And here, the travel photos began! After all, food and drink is an important part of travel and experiencing new places and the local traditions. And one of the most well-known local foods is Nuremberg bratwursts. These came hot off the grill, served with a side of potato salad and went really well with a cool beer. And it was all served in this cool bell-shaped dish.                        

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After lunch and another walk through the courtyard, we continued in the pedestrian only zone towards the Nürnberger Hauptmarkt or central square. Along the way you'll cross the Pegnitz where the Heilig-Geist-Spital or Hospital of the Holy Spirit is directly located. I don't think I've ever seen such a scenic location for a hospital!  It was founded in 1332 but today houses a restaurant and a seniors' residence. Note for photographers, that on weekends the wall along the bridge is crowded with people enjoying a drink or an ice cream, so plan to find your spot here early.     

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A few minutes later and we were at the Hauptmarkt or main market square. It's easy to imagine the area decorated for the famous Christmas markets. However, in June, red and white striped market stalls were full of local produce and flowers. The Gothic Frauenkirche was built between 1352 - 1362 but the Männleinlaufen or mechanical clock was added later, between 1506 - 1509. When the clock strikes noon, the figures below the clockface are animated, playing instruments and moving in procession around the central figure of the Holy Roman Emperor. And at midday when the sun is high, I use a polarizing filter help reduce glare and keep colours vibrant in camera. Unsurprisingly, this animation is used in the opening ceremony of the Christmas market. 

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It's not the most creative name, but it is fitting: Schöner Brunnen, or Beautiful Fountain. This 19 metre tall fountain is another 14th century landmark, and constructed as a Gothic spire, coordinates well with the Frauenkirche on the opposite side of the square. There is an iron fence all around the fountain, but you'll be able to take detail images through it.

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From here, it's a short walk from the square up to the castle, and even this route is scenic with rows of colourful buildings! 

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And of course, do not miss golden hour from the castle! Although some parts were blocked off, we were still able to find a space along the wall with a view over the spires and red rooftops. Bonus! The walls are really wide so you don't necessarily need to bring a tripod with you.

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Even if you're not at the castle for all of golden hour, there's no shortage of photogenic sites. I really liked the striped tents and wanted to show the end of the day at market. The fountain lined up perfectly to create a low sun flare just over the tent tops, and convey that atmosphere.

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Have you been to Nuremberg? What's your favourite photo location? Share it below in the comments!

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