Monday, April 2, 2012
Our tour came to an end in Nurnberg (Nuremberg). We visited the Germanic National Museum, the Albrecht Durer House, a medieval outdoor market and sampled the awesome and famous Bavarian gingerbread. I must say, this was the best gingerbread I have ever eaten! Yum!
Nuremberg was founded around the turn of the 11th century. Nuremberg is often referred to as having been the 'unofficial capital' of the Holy Roman Empire, particularly because Imperial Diet (Reichstag) and courts met at Nuremberg Castle. The Diets of Nuremberg were an important part of the administrative structure of the empire. The increasing demand of the royal court and the increasing importance of the city attracted increased trade and commerce to Nuremberg. The cultural flowering of Nuremberg, in the 15th and 16th centuries, made it the centre of the German Renaissance. Between 1945 and 1946, German officials involved in the Holocaust and other war crimes were brought before an international tribunal in the Nuremberg Trials.
We toured the Albrecht Durer House which was Dürer's residence between 1509 and 1528. Of particular interest was the large painting and printing workshop from Dürer's time where artistic techniques are demonstrated.
|Statue of Albrecht Durer|
|Albrecht Durer House|
The Germanic National Museum is one of Europe's largest and greatest museums. Its incomparable stores of exceptional art and artisanship afford a panoramic overview of the cultural history of German-speaking central Europe. It boasts of the Albrecht Durer collections and the unique Codex aureus, produced in the 10th century.
|St. George Killing the Dragon|
|Print of Factory|
We toured the Faber-Castell home and factory. Faber-Castell is one of the world's largest manufacturers of pens, pencils and art supplies, as well as high-end writing instruments and luxury leather goods. Founded in 1761 at Stein near Nurnberg by cabinet maker Kaspar Faber, the enterprise remained in the Faber family for eight generations.