Posted by: Debra Kolkka | January 12, 2022

Winter in Nuremberg

We have just returned to Bagni di Lucca from a visit to Bavaria in southern Germany to stay with friends for Christmas. Because of covid restrictions it was mostly a quiet time at home but we did manage a couple of short visits to nearby Nuremberg.

Nuremberg is the second largest city in Bavaria after Munich. It has a population of around 520,000 people. Its huge castle, with stunning towers, dominates the skyline.

The high walls offer dramatic entrances to the historical part of the city. We entered the one opposite the railway station to find a small market. Covid prevented the Christmas markets from going ahead, but the city still managed to look festive and inviting.



Weisserbergasse is the oldest street in Nuremberg. It is lined with exquisite half timber traditional German houses.

Crossing one of the bridges over the Pegnitz River we spotted the Helig-Geist-Spital, Holy Spirit Hospital. It was built in 1339 and is now a restaurant and senior home.

The view from the other bridge was just as spectacular.

It was necessary to eat bratwurst with mustard on a bread roll often in Bavaria.

I love the decorated buildings in Bavaria and Nuremberg has its share.

We had been hoping for snow, but we got a mixture of blue sky, drizzle and clouds. Despite the lack of snow,Nuremberg looked beautiful in its winter coat.

Travelling is a bit complicated now. We have to show a green pass to use public transport, get into many shops and restaurants. We are triple vaccinated so that is no problem. We had to get a covid test to enter Germany and to return to Italy. Who would have thought covid would still be interrupting our lives after almost 2 years?


  1. This is just beautiful, despite all conditions….as was the previous one, exceptional. Lucky that you’ve been able to move around as much as you have, we here (in Toronto) are in still another lock-down. Hence your postings bring JOY, a wonderful look at the most beautiful scenes you and your camera capture. It’s so helpful, hopeful and exciting to see the good, the gorgeous and the beauty that does exist; that we sometimes forget when mired in these unusual times. Your foot etc must have healed well; lucky you! Thank you for putting the Happy in the New Year!!

    • We are happy to be able to get about, although we are careful not to go to crowded places. My ankle is great, thank you.
      Let’s hope things get better this year although it has not started well!

  2. What a coincidence! Only today I was reading about the best cities in Europe for living in and visiting. Nuremberg was high on the list. Wonderful photos. Happy New Year.

    • Happy new year to you! Nuremberg is lovely. I would like to go back in spring when it is full of flowers.

  3. Loved your Post & wish you a Happy 2022..All photos of Nuremberg so interesting & can imagine it would look wonderful under snow, but even the bleak skies seem to suit the timbered houses & laneways.

    • Happy new year! Snow would have been great, but it is a beautiful city anyway, especially that gorgeous street.

  4. Loved these photos and the glimmer of hope they bring that we will all be enjoying these treasures of places before too much longer . Many thanks Deb and happy 2022

    • Happy new year! This year just has to get better. The controls are making travelling a bit messy. We will be staying close to home for a while.

  5. Looks gorgeous – my cousin lives in Munich and Laurie and I visited just before his awful diagnosis so I have many beautiful memories of Bavaria –

    • Bavaria is gorgeous. I’m sorry the Christmas markets has to be cancelled.

  6. Never been to Nuremberg. Beautiful!

    • It is a beautiful city, I hope you can visit one day soon.

  7. Picture perfect town. Happy New Year Deb! Take care and stay well! X

    • Nuremberg is beautiful. Have a great 2022. I know it is not starting well, but I has to get better,

  8. Beautiful! But you notice the absence of people…although, in that way, you can better appreciate the town..

    • We try to avoid crowds where possible. It is tough on businesses. I hope things get better soon.

  9. Nuremberg was the first city in Europe I visited during my month-long trip there, so it has a special place in my heart. The fact that a cousin of mine lives there also helped me enjoy the city more. I remember getting lost inside the old town with my uncle, but it was fun!

    • Nuremberg is a lovely city. I am happy my friend lives nearby and I have a good excuse to return.

  10. Lovely images, and very nostalgic for me, as I had a friend there back in the 80s and 90s. As to “Who would have thought covid would still be interrupting our lives after almost 2 years?”….well, a medical person would…it will be here for many years to come

    • I hope covid leaves us alone soon, it is becoming very tiresome. I am lucky that I have only suffered minor inconvenience. I know life has been very difficult for many people.

      • Once the epidemic leaves, Covid will be endemic, and we will live with i

      • We will live with it as we do th flu…

  11. Thank you for the lovely photos. It’s been many years since I was last in Germany but this reminds me of what I love about Bavaria. Safe travels, and fingers crossed 2022 is a better year than the last couple. 🤞🏻

    • Germany is beautiful. We were happy to be able to visit our friends even though travelling can be a bit difficult. Hopefully things will improve soon.

  12. Thanks for sharing, Debra! Beautiful city and excellent pictures. Congratulations!

    • Nuremberg is lovely. Thank you for your comments.

  13. So enjoyed seeing the beauty reflected in your post, Deb… and may the new year be kind to you.
    Like you, we hope that life ( and travel) can return to some sort of normality in the near future ❤️

    • We all want our lives to return to normal! Let’s hope things improve soon. We are careful not to go to crowded places and carry our green passes everywhere.

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