pooflady wrote:Glad Mbspell posted the pictures. Beautiful. I wonder how many days you could spend walking through the market.
Poof, I imagine you could spend a lot of time there. As you can see the market is quite large and there is also a separate market just for the kids. Many of the streets leading to the market are also lined with stalls selling food and other items.
The market is literally in the center of the city which is an area surrounded by a wall,almost 4 miles in circumference, going back to the 11th century which protected the city. The area is called the 'Altstadt' which means the 'old city'. Nurnberg was a major trading city, the main east-west and north-south trade routes went through the city, and Nurnberg was a very wealthy city. Nurnber is very close to the geographic center of Europe. Many of the homes of the wealthy merchants are preserved in the Altstadt. One of the finest ones is now the city museum. The Holy Roman Empire didn't have a permanent capitol, the Emperor, the most famous one was Charlemagne, would travel around the empire and hold court for several months in selected cities. Nurnberg was one of them, the imperial castle is on the Northwest corner of the city on a hill overlooking the city. It is quite large and one of the only castles in Europe that was never conquered by an enemy. Having an imperial castle gave Nurnberg a lot of prestige and attracted many powerful people.
Of course the modern city has spread far beyond the wall. The population of the city is around 500,000 people. Because of the historical connection to the Holy Roman Empire, Hitler made Nurnberg the spiritual capitol of the Third Reich and Berlin the political capitol. The N*** Party rallies were held in Nurnberg every year at a large area in the Southeast corner of the city. Some of it is still there including a large stadium which you have probably seen from films of that period.
Now the area is used for the annual festivals (Volksfest) in the spring and fall, similar to the Oktoberfest in Munich. Another, building there, the Coliseum, which wasn't finished, was to house what would have been the world Parliament building after Hitler had conquered Europe. It now contains the Dokumentationzentrum which houses many documents from the Third Reich and is open to the public.
(As you might notice, I love the city and I love history. I first lived in Nurnberg for almost 2 years in the mid '70s as a young soldier, and I returned in 1999 and lived a bit north of the city for 2 more years. Since I moved away, first to Heidelberg for 7 years and now Poland for the last 9 years, I go back to visit as often as I can. Rome, Tokyo and Nurnberg are my 3 favorite cities in he world. My mother was born and raised in Rome, I still have family there, and I lived just outside of Tokyo for 3 1/2 years.)
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