rothenburg ob der tauber: view from the city wall

After exiting the Medieval Crime museum, I looked over the city wall to see the surrounding countryside.  (This is in late fall/early winter, hence the lack of vegetation and sunlight.)view from the city wall of rothenburg ob der tauber

Edit:  Meant to schedule this post in January of 2012 but accidentally typed 2011 instead.  Sorry for the mix-up!

Edit 2: I visited the Medieval Crime Museum in this post.

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schöne brunnen

I went to Nürnberg on Dec. 11, 2011 to visit the Christkindlesmarkt.  It was a beautiful Weihnachtsmarkt, and I loved how the city’s other treasures were integrated into the rest of the festivities and decor.  the schöne brunnen in nürnberg, next to a long row of christkindlesmarkt stalls

The schöne Brunnen (English translation: beautiful well) was at the end of one of the rows of vendor stalls.  It was a popular attraction.

There is a brass ring held in the wrought iron fence around the well that can turn freely. (Didn’t get a picture of the ring, unfortunately.) The website given says that the legend goes that if a woman wants to have a baby but is barren, she just has to turn the brass ring and she will soon have a baby on the way.

I didn’t know the legend when I saw the well at the time, but I at least know part of the reason why there were so many people waiting in line to turn the ring.  But there were men waiting in line to turn the ring as well.  Puzzling.  Does anyone know whether the ring in the schöne Brunnen has a general good-luck legend associated with it?

nürnberg’s frauenkirche

I went to Nürnberg on Dec. 11, 2011 to visit the Christkindlesmarkt.  It was a beautiful Weihnachtsmarkt, and I loved how the city’s treasures were integrated into the festivities and decor.  the nürnberg frauenkirche.  a beautiful church made even more pretty with the christmas tree.  you can also see a little performance stage in the lower left corner.  during my visit, at least one group--a brass band, if i remember correctly--played christmas carols for the shoppers.

This is Nürnberg’s Frauenkirche, which overlooks the main portion of the Christkindlesmarkt.  I love how the Christmas tree complements the already-majestic church.  In the lower left corner of the photo is a little performance stage, where musically-talented groups played Christmas carols for the shoppers.  Definitely put me in the Christmas spirit!

packed christmas shopping at the christkindlesmarkt

I got to visit the Christkindlesmarkt on Dec. 11, 2011.  I didn’t stay for more than a few hours, though, but as dusk was falling and the time for my train’s departure from Nürnberg approached, I grabbed this photo of the crowds in the main part of the market.  It was pretty crowded during the day, but at night as I was leaving, it was packed.  packed christkindlesmarkt

merry christmas! decor at christkindlesmarkt

A bit more of the beautiful Christmas decor from Nürnberg for today.  Merry Christmas, everyone!
angel decoration near the nürnberger christkindlesmarkt.  merry christmas!

Luke 2:4-20 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

signage: to the christkindlesmarkt

There were a lot of Christmas lights at the Christkindlesmarkt.  Including a sign made of lights to indicate to visitors that no, they weren’t lost; they had indeed found the correct route to the Christkindlesmarkt.  sign pointing the way to the christkindlesmarkt

(not the best picture, but the lights hanging between the buildings say “Zum Christkindlesmarkt,” which means “To the Christkindlesmarkt”)

bridge decor in nürnberg 2

I visited Nürnberg on Dec. 11, 2011 to see the Christkindlesmarkt, but I got to take a nice walk through some of the city itself.  The bridge I was standing on to take the picture I posted yesterday had a memorial on it, as well as a few seasonally decorated  light posts. A lot of German cities have beautiful light posts. Is it weird for me to have noticed that?

pretty lightpost with seasonal decor near a monument on a bridge I walked over on the way to the christkindlesmarkt