And, I was wondering where Nuremberg kept its treasures safe from the bombing in 1945. Turns out, there’s an entrance to the rock cut cellars, just a couple of steps from Durer’s house. The cellars are cut into solid rock, under the castle, and served as air raid shelters as well as providing secure storage.
Outside St Lawrence Church sits the Tugendbrunnen (Fountain of Virtue) from the 16th Century. The six virtues (Faith, Hope, Love, Temperance, Generosity & Patience) project water through their nipples (the water of human kindness, perhaps?) while Justice looks down on them from above.
|Ship of Fools|
The Ship of Fools (Das Narrenschiff) mostly plays host to youngsters, and looks as innocent as a child’s toy, but a closer look reveals an uglier side to the 1977 sculpture by Jürgen Weber. In fact, it depicts a violent end to the world and is based on an Albrecht Durer woodcut of a medieval poem. With the banished Adam and Eve holding their toddler Cain, already brandishing a knife, it’s an attack on the Catholic Church, so a fitting subject for Lutheran, Nuremberg.
|Ehekarussell - Final Scene!|
It was the end of the day and the temperature had cooled to the mid 20’s, Celsius; we were hungry. We left the hotel and walked along the outside of the wall that encloses the old city. We were seeking the source of music – through an entrance, up some steps, and into the KulturGarten, sat high within the wall. It’s a large outside beer-garden serving food, drink, and live music; packed with locals. I bought our beer, liquor and food tickets from a large, friendly, bearded guy and then walked to the various counters to pick up. Surrounded by trees, the central area was full of picnic tables but we opted for one of the discrete Lucky Strike ‘loveseats’ and people-watched. If it hadn’t been for the music I doubt we would have found it. Despite it being a Wednesday night, the place was pulsating – we hated to get up and leave.
|Spittlertor, One of the Tower Gates in Nuremberg City Wall|