Kelly finally arrived home from college for Christmas. Decided to hit up a couple of Christmas markets. Rothenburg ob der Tauber was one of our favorite towns to visit last time we were stationed here. Nürnberg is “the” Christmas market in Germany, yet somehow we missed it the last time over here.
Knowing that this was the last weekend for these markets, we figured they would be incredibly crowded, so we wanted to get an early start. We left home around 8:30 and arrived in Rothenburg at 11am just as the market opened. I am so glad we arrived early because as the day went on more and more people showed up in town.
Käthe Wohlfahrt is pretty synonymous with Christmas decoration here in Germany. This bus is in front of their flagship store in Rothenburg. The store seems pretty never ending when you are inside, and I think if you’ve ever thought of a Christmas ornament they sell it.
No trip to Rothenburg would be complete without a trip to the Kriminalmuseum.
All of Rothenburg is so beautiful that it’s fun to just walk along the streets for a while.
The best part of the day for Sam was walking along the wall. He did a great job of defending the city as Penguin Master Chief with support from Nobel Penguin 6 (me), Nobel Penguin 3 (Kelly) and Penguin Spartan (Mike). I’m not sure where the names came from. I think it’s a combination of his penguin project from school and what little he knows of Halo from some friends at school who have older brothers.
After we finished walking the wall it was just starting to get a little dark so the lights were on.
It was time to leave the madhouse that Rothenburg had become and head to Nürnberg.
Decided to check into the hotel first. We stayed at a hotel that was about a 15 min walk from the walkplatz. It’s called the Art Hotel City Nürnberg. It was completely dark by the time we reached the city and the hotel was a little hard to find as it sits back off the street a bit with a courtyard in front of it. The website said there was free parking nearby, but all the parking was taken by the time we arrived. Luckily the hotel also has an underground garage that you can park in for only 7,50€ per night, so we chose that option instead of driving around trying to find street parking. After being underwhelmed from the street by the hotel, I was very pleasantly surprised by how nice it was when I walked inside. The staff was friendly and helpful and the whole place was very clean. We had a rather quirky room that they call the penthouse apartment. It was truly like an apartment with a kitchen and separate bedroom, plus two twin beds in the living area. There was a balcony deck with a table and chairs that would really nice in good weather. It also had a very large bathroom with a tub. The walk into the walkplatz was easy, so the location was fine. The hotel was also very quite. We chose not to do the breakfast, but it is available at the hotel for 9,50€ per person.
After dropping our stuff and getting settled we headed toward the Christmas market. Seeing a bit of Nürnberg along the way.
We found some animals.
Anyone who has heard Mike’s Somalia camel stories knows his feelings about them. Had to have the “Mike hates camels” shot.
We also found a really interesting fountain.
The market was crazy busy, but I’m really glad we went down and saw it with the lights and nice weather. The plan had been to go back on Sunday morning when it might be less crowded, but we woke to horrible weather (rain and wind) and all decided we would just rather skip it. Because Nürnberg is so known for its Christmas market, I didn’t really think about what a great city it would be to just visit. It is a very beautiful city and definitely somewhere I would like to explore more.