Next stop, the Dürer
House. Albrecht Dürer's House was
the home of German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer from 1509 to his death in 1528. The House lies near the Nuremberg
Castle. It was built around 1420. It has five stories; the bottom two have sandstone walls, while
the upper stories are timber framed; the entire structure is topped by a half-hip roof. Since 1871 the
Albrecht-Dürer-Haus has been a museum dedicated to Dürer's life and work
The Hare—a Homage to Dürer - This dazed or possibly dead rabbit seems
unaware of the swarm of mice that shares its busted-up crate. Positioned outside of Albert Dürer’s house in Nuremberg,
the nightmarish sculpture by Jürgen Goertz is a satiric take on a much more pleasingly proportioned bunny—the one
immortalized in Dürer’s watercolor Der Feldhase which is shown here. I like Duer's better.
The sculpture could give little kids and their parents nightmares!
Speaking of weird, Take a look at the
"tool" this guy is using to put new coasters on chairs. I hope he didn't flip the top when he was finished!
Click here for beer bottle hammer video.
Water wells played a critical part of Earlier
European life. Raw sewage was dumped into the rivers so a source of fresh water was critical. Looks like there
is a castle tower behind this one. Lets go take a look.
The base of the castle actually
intruded into Durer's residence grounds. Although I am not sure which was there first.
The now dry moat make s great place to stroll. Did not see any one searching
for "Moat Monster" bones though.
had some great views of the Nuremberg skyline from the castle tower and ramparts.
The twin spires on the right is St. Sebaldus.
The single on the left is the Frauenkirch or Church of Our Lady
Yes, I know there are two photos of the same arch. I like arches!
Leaving the castle and headed for the
old market square. Note the young lady in the lower right of this photo with the flowing auburn hair. She is from
Australia and was cruising with her mother. Unfortunately the mother is confined to a wheelchair. This young lady
pushed her mother throughout every tour with a smile on her face. Never once did I see a look of impatience or exasperation,
even when the going got extremely rough. There is a special place reserved for her. We need more young people with
This is the Frauenkirche of Church of Our Lady
ie: The Virgin Mary or St. Mary
The church with two spires is St. Sebolus.
We did not get a chance to tour the interior.
At Noon all the Cathedral Bells started ringing.Lots of background chatter as well Click here to listen.
The Nuremberg RatHaus or City Hall
This door decoration is bizarre. A big cat
with a pineapple on its head?
what's' a Town Hall without a wedding? The Skunk, being the kind of guy he is, looked around for a father with
a shotgun but didn't spot him.
Schöner Brunnen - Beautiful Fountain
Yes, that is actually the name of this fountain. It fits, don't you think?
All this walking, admiring the beautiful castle, churches and square got us hungry, so this looks
like a great place to eat. It was just off the Square.
Admired the two beers
on the next table so had to follow suit. There are many types of beer in Germany, almost as many as there are people.
There are dark "Dunkel" and light "Helles" and many in between. For the Bierkoph (beerhead) viewers,
go to http://www.germanbeerinstitute.com/styles.html for a complete discussion of these many styles.
We had a great view out of our window while eating.
Yeah, we had food as well!
After more sightseeing and waiting for our
bus back to the river boat we sat down at this "BratwurstDomestic" (yes, that is the direct translation) and
had a drink. This family was sitting next to us and we started a conversation. Obviously it headed towards kids.
They had a curly headed boy and a small baby. Again no problem taking photos so long as you ask first. Our
conversation was cut short by an unexpected thunder, lightening and rain storm and we had to find cover.