As mentioned earlier I have attended a full-time German course here in Heidelberg during the autumn. With being back in school comes also school excursions. When the December program came up I was by the first students to sign up for the daytrip to the Christmas market in Nürnberg. In Sweden we have nothing that even come close to the German Christmas markets, and I have to admit that the Germans know what they are doing. Living in Heidelberg Altstadt the smell of glühwein and barbecued bratwursts reach me as soon as I leave our apartment. It really adds something extra for a person like me who loves the time leading up to Christmas.
We arrived in Nürnberg just after 13.00 after a four-hour train ride (with terrible connections). Nürnberg is the second largest city of Bavaria and has arich and long history. However, for common people like me the city is mainly known for the famous Nürnberg Trials after the Second World War.. Unfortunately did we only have a few hours in the city in order to explore the Christkindlesmarkt before we had to board the train back to Heidelberg. The Christmas market in Nürnberg is the biggest and probably most famous Christmas market in Germany with over two million visitors every year. We were visiting the day after the yearly opening of the market, which happened to be a Saturday as well. Needless to say, the city was full with people.
Even if we had to fight our way through the market, we got something to eat (drei im Weckla and Nürnberger Lebkuchen) and one or two glühwein to keep the heat up. I lost my travel company more than one time while trying to get some photos. I suppose that that is one of the well-known disadvantages traveling with friends who are not as interested as you in photography; they will not wait for you, which I on the other hand totally understand. From what we saw of the city center and the castle Nürnberg seems to be a rather nice city with a lot of historical sites and museums to explore. I hope I will be able to come back when the temperatures are more favorable