A culinary walk through the Christmassy Nuremberg
Let us take you on a walk through Nuremberg at Christmastime and show you all the culinary and traditional highlights of the city.1
After leaving the hotel Victoria, we first turn to our right and walk towards Handwerkhof. Here, in addition to a handful of smaller inns, we also find numerous tiny shops selling traditional metal crafts. Often times, this is already the place where visitors find their perfect souvenir.2
Let us continue in the direction of the main market, the Hauptmarkt... oh, wait! Not so fast! What would a Christmas season be without roasted chestnuts? On the way between the hotel and the Königsstraße you can enjoy this delicious snack at the Chestnut stand. A bag of freshly roasted chestnuts is just the thing to warm you up on a cold winter day. Make sure to get a bag to bring with you on the walk.3
We proceed along the Königsstraße to the church of St. Lorenz. Before we walk any further, we briefly enjoy the view of the Imperial Castle. Already from here, we are greeted by a beautiful golden angel, hanging above the entrance of the famous Nuremberg Christmas Market.4
Our way leads us to the Museumsbrücke bridge and on its right, the Hans-Sachs-Platz, where we can find the famous Children’s Christmas Market. By now, we can already hear the children’s cheerful laughter and smell the sweet roasted almonds. At the Children’s Christmas Market there are many kinds of colourful booths, some selling handmade toys and delicious treats, some are the interactive kind, but each one festively decorated, of course. The large nostalgic carousel in the middle of the square makes this place just a tad bit magical.5
And the absolute highlight of it all: this market is visited by the Nuremberg Christmas Angel, the Christkind, three times a week! The exact times of the visits are stated at the entrance of this small market. Be sure to take this opportunity to take a souvenir photograph!
After the visit of the Children’s Christmas Market, we retrace our steps for a bit and return to the main market, the Hauptmarkt. Before we plunge into the Christmas crowd, we make a quick detour to the Café Alex. From here, we have a wonderful view on the entire Christmas Market below.6
Walk through the market and let this unique atmosphere of the world´s oldest Christmas Market consume you. The roasted chestnuts are long gone by now... meaning it is time to get another delicious Christmas treat now, right?7
EMPLOYEE TIP: search for the booth of the Loessel family and buy yourself a „Drei im Weckla“, the three small Nuremberg bratwursts in one bun. This butcher´s shop still makes its sausages by hand. From here, walk to the area where the booths of the partner cities can be found - Market of the Sister Cities, and get yourself a cup of mulled wine to go with your bun and sausages. (Our tip: the mulled wine from South Tyrol - „der Glühwein aus Südtirol“).
Well-fed, let us continue walking towards the church of St. Sebald, turn right upon reaching it and walk across Sebalder square uphill into the Bergstraße. And what is so special here at Christmas time? The original Nuremberg gingerbread, the Elisenlebkuchen! Our team at hotel Victoria recommends the Lebküchnerei Düll. For over 80 years and through three family generations, this Nuremberg company has been making the real Elisen gingerbread following a secret family recipe.8
Cross the Tiergärtnertorplatz at the end of the Bergstraße and walk your way back downhill. Take the Albrecht-Dürer-Straße and then turn into the Weißgerbergasse. This street is known after beautiful well-preserved half-timbered houses from the mediaeval times and is considered a popular photo spot for the visitors of the city.9
From here, our path takes us over Kettensteg, the oldest iron chain bridge, and the Henkersteg, once home of the city hangman, to the flea market.10
By now, we are only a stone´s throw away from the world´s biggest fire tongs punch booth - Feuerzangenbowle, from the film with the same name, starring Heinz Rühmann. Warm yourself up with this hot drink and enjoy the amazing atmosphere!11
Enriched with many new impressions, we return to the HOTEL VICTORIA.
We wish you had a lot of fun!
Elisa's Moment of Enjoyment