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Nürnberg!

We arrived in Nürnberg (Nuremberg) after a scenic train ride from Berlin. We passed through the beautiful countryside adorned with trees and many small picturesque towns. The high speed train and window glare made it difficult to capture the true beauty of the country.

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We arrived at the central station in Nürnberg and made our way to our flat. Our flat is practically a studio, with the bed, desk and living area all in the same space, except for the small hallway kitchen and bathroom near the entrance.

In the evening we made our way to the historic old town just minutes away to explore our surroundings and find dinner. We made our way to a big square with a beautifully detailed 14th century fountain and church. To our surprise, there were many stands set up selling food – mostly various sausages in buns with toppings, crepes, candied nuts, pretzels, and more. There was also a stage with a German band playing music for the gathered crowd.

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Overview of the square with all the tents set up and stage in the distance. Only the food booths were open in the evening, we weren’t sure what all the other closed tents were.

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Delicious candied nuts and other treats. The candied nuts we tried tasted a bit like bacon to me! Yum! And I hate nuts!

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The awesome German band! People were dancing, drinking, eating and having a great time. They even played a few English songs like Proud Mary by Tina Turner. We had sausage sandwiches and listened to the band play before calling it a night.

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On Wednesday we made our way back to the square we were at the evening before. The historic old town area is surrounded by old walls and gates like a fortress.

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Here’s the square in the daytime.

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All the booths were open selling various goods. We learned this event is called AltstadtFest. Booths not only covered this main square, but were lined up and down several streets within the walls of the city.

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Cured sausages!!

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For lunch we found a cool spot where they fresh cut slices of different meat for sandwiches at a window in the storefront. Locals lined up in the street waiting to place their orders at the window. The steam rising from the freshly sliced meat chunks and enticing smells made this lunch pick easy. Inside the store they served other hot dishes, had a deli to buy uncooked meats and on the opposite side of the store was a bakery selling fresh pastries and coffee. Ryan had a delicious meatloaf-ish patty on a sandwich that was topped with all kinds of goodies like barbecue sauce and grilled onions. I chose the schnitzel for my sandwich, which was equally amazing. Both sandwiches cost us 5.50 € or about $7!

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We sat at a table right outside to devour our sandwiches with the locals. Not a bad view either!

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With full bellies we continued walking and found a small German town within a German town – this area reminded us of Old World in Huntington Beach.

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We made our way to a nice park where we laid in the grass for a little nap.

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Along another street there were several beer gardens and restaurants grouped together. We grabbed some beers and met a couple from Texas traveling around like us.

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We went back to the beer garden area for dinner and had sausages with potato salad, horseradish, mustard and beer. Sorry for the blur.

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We walked to the stage area and there was a country music band playing. People were line dancing and two stepping at the front of the stage.

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Today (Thursday), we went back to the same sandwich shop from yesterday and had yummy sandwiches – I had fresh ham slices this time. We also indulged in a pastry with some chocolate and vanilla cream inside which paired nicely with our hot coffee.

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Inside a church that was somewhat destroyed during World War II and later reconstructed – these show the rubble of the church and Nazi flags along the streets of the main square.

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View from Kaiserberg castle and the castle’s surrounding buildings.

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