After our foggy but beautiful day visiting the Neuschwanstein Castle, we set out on a day trip from Munich to Nuremberg, Germany. We booked the “Nuremberg Day Trip from Munich” tour through Viator.com. Why Nuremberg? This is where the Nazi rally grounds were located as well as the famous Nuremberg trials. Some of the people we met in Munich were actually heading to Nuremberg for their famous Christmas markets. We found out the hard way that we were touring Nuremberg on opening day of the Christmas markets!!! There were people everywhere and it was hard to get around, but it was an interesting experience!
We took the train to Nuremberg and met up with the other half of our tour group. The train station had this really cool map of the city.
We did a walking tour of the city including the Christmas markets and several sights.
This is St. Sebaldus Church. You’ll see several pictures of it from different angles.
When the city was developing, they needed more room so they built over the river.
One of the smaller Christmas markets.
The side of St. Sebaldus Church.
There were sooooo many people there for the markets! Nuremberg and Dresden disagree on who had the very first Christmas market. We visited both and both were pretty big!
Here are a few photos from the Nuremberg Castle. We walked up a hill and got some great views of the city from the top!
The other side of St. Sebaldus Church. We kept passing it as we walked around the city on our tour.
After touring the city, we got on a bus and went to a park that used to be the Nazi rally grounds. It was hard to imagine such a beautiful place being the scene of the rallies. The monument below is commemorating WWI and the Nazi’s used it in their propaganda.
This is a picture of what the rallies looked like.
Steps leftover from the destroyed Luitpoldhalle that the Nazi’s built.
The Nazi’s built this to look like the Colosseum in Rome. It was never finished and has very little use today.
After the rally grounds, we stopped for a drink and visited the Christmas markets one last time.
You can see the Frauenkirche in the background.
Our trip to Nuremberg was a mix of fun and sadness. The Christmas markets brought joy to a visit that reminded us of the Third Reich regime and the damage they did while in power.
* Nuremberg Day Trip from Munich – This was such a great trip. There was a good amount of freedom as well as being guided around the city. If you’re in Germany around Christmas time, Nuremberg is worth a visit just to check out the Christmas markets. The sausage was especially delicious!