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  • Königstorturm
  • Teufelsbrünnlein
  • Frauenkirche
  • Goldener Ring
  • Rathausplatz
  • Burg
  • Spielzeugmuseum
  • Dudelsackpfeiferbrunnen am Unschlittplatz

Fabulously playful Nuremberg

A discovery tour for adults and children 

Turning right from the entrance of the Hotel Victoria, we see one of Nurembergs city towers, the Königstorturm (1). The guardian spirit of all of Nurembergs towers is the Blaue Agnes. She was a young maidservant, who was adopted and raised by the tower keeper of the Sinwellturm. He always dressed his foster child in self-made blue cloth and linen. After the keepers death, the grateful girl kept watch over the remaining keepers and repeatedly warned them of imminent fires.

The following legend is illustrated at the Teufelsbrünnlein (2) at Lorenzkirche. The well refers to the myth of the Schusserbou (Marble boy) who supposedly cheated while playing marbles. He denied ever having played unfairly and swore on the devil – who promptly came to take him.

Till Eulenspiegel caused mischief in Nuremberg as well. He allegedly played a prank to the patients of the Heilig-Geist-Spital (3), when he pretended to be a doctor. He supposedly achieved that every patient got healthy without any kind of medication in only a single day.

A few steps further, the Hauptmarkt holds two known legends: at the gable of Frauenkirche (4) you can see the Männleinlaufen (Walking little men) at noon.

Afterwards we turn to (Schöner Brunnen) Beautiful Fountain with the golden Ring (5). It brings good luck turning the ring. Maybe we shall try that? According to legend, the smiths trainee fell in love with his bosses daughter. The smith told him that the relationship is as impossible as two movable, seamless rings on the fountain grid. After a journey the smith came home to realize that the trainee had disappeared, but left two movable, seamless rings on the fountain grid.

From here we take a little detour to Rathausplatz (6) to admire the Gänsemännchenbrunnen (Geeseman-Fountain). It tells the story of a Frankonian farmer who nearly died of thirst on the way to the market where he had intended to sell two geese. The geese gave him water out of their beaks and saved his life.

Now we have to scale up the steep way to the imperial castle. On the Kleine Freiung (Little exemption) (7) we can see the hoof trace of the horse belonging to knight Eppelein von Gailingen, which reminds us of his adventorous escape. Being held captive at the castle he saved his life with a brave jump over the castle-wall with his horse.

We put ourselves back in time when emporers and knights existd and admire the imperial castle (8). Our main focus lies on the Tiefer Brunnen (Deep Fountain) and if we look into it we can imagine the many tunnels and rock-paths underneath the city. Deep down on the left and right we see two dark openings in the wall. According to the myth, a death-sentenced man was let down into the darkness to find the old emporer Franz within the rock-paths. He was told he’d be freed if he would find proof of Franz’s existence. The man discovered a large hall, in which the old sovereign was throning at a table surrounded by his Lords in magnificent robes, all looking petrified. The convict was startled, grabbed a sparkeling stone and ran away in shock. The sparkling stone turned out to be a diamond and served as proof to free the man.

Through medieval alleys we stroll towards the Albrecht-Dürer-House (9). Whoever doesn’t have enough of history yet can take a tour with his wife Agnes and have her guide you through the house, telling interesting facts about the famous painter.

We take the step back to the present time with a visit at the Spielzeugmuseum (Toy museum) (10) or the Turm der Sinne (Tower of senses) (11) at Spittlertorgraben.

Get involved in yet another legend on the way back to the Hotel Victoria, by visiting the Dudelsackpfeiferbrunnen am Unschlittplatz (Bag piper-fountain at Unschlittplatz) (12). The legend says that during the plague, a drunk and asleep bagpiper, was loaded onto a barrow which were used to transport the deceased lying on walkways. The man woke up only when the barrow was on the way out of town already and he was scared about this encounter with the dead. He played his bag pipe to get the attention of the coachman, as he didn’t hear him shout and finally helped him out. He did stay healthy, the wine may have prevented an infection.

We walk back to the Hotel Victoria passing by Obere Wörthstrasse, Kaiserstrasse and Königstrasse, looking forward to ramble about todays experiences.

 

Victoria Walk | Nr. 5

Duration of the walk: approximately 3 hours


 

VictoriaTipps for the walk

Bratwurst Röslein

Franconian sausage tradition

In the largest sausage restaurant of the world you will experience authentic hospitality in very cozy atmosphere. Enjoy original Franconian recipes.

Rathausplatz 6 | 90403 Nuremberg

Wanderer – Cafe Bar

A great Cafe on the most beautiful square in the city

You simply have to stay there! Besides superb coffee and a selection of Franconian beers, the scenery of the Old town is a real enjoyment.

Beim Tiergärtner Tor 2-6 | 90403 Nuremberg

Cafe La Kritz at Toy Museum

Playful break

In the cozy courtyard of the toy museum awaits an idyllic cafe (also without Museum admission) for adults and children to relax!

Karlstraße 13-15 | 90403 Nuremberg

Cafe "Das Paul"

The right thing at any time of the day

One of the most beautiful sun terraces with the view on the Pegnitz river and all kind of delicious food make a wonderful combination for a perfect ending of a day.

Kaiserstraße 22 | 90403 Nuremberg

Padelle d‘Italia

The charming Italian

Pizza and pasta are cooked and served with Italian joie de vivre. Try definitely from the daily menu. The fish is a poem according to experience.

Theatergasse 17 | 90402 Nuremberg