Nuremberg Christmas market
This was our second time visiting Nuremberg, Germany. We usually do not repeat trips, so when we do revisit a location it’s because it’s really memorable. We went to Nurnberg (as it’s spelled in German) two years ago and every Christmas market we visited since has made us miss this one. We made a plan to revisit with our friends, the Abans, and now with baby Kai.
Andrew and I both had a cold and it was long day of traveling. We flew into Munich, rented a car, and drove about 1 hour 40 minutes. It was dark and raining. From Munich to Nuremberg we took the autobahn, which is a little bit confusing. At times it is no limit in speed and other times it is slower like 100 or 120 km/hr. It changes pretty often, so we tried to be careful since we have received a few speeding tickets in the past.
We stayed at the Sorat Hotel Saxx, which was literally off the Nuremberg square and the best location you could stay in. It was nice to pop in if we needed to use the bathroom or get warm. The Abans had the best view overlooking the square. I asked for a quiet room because #momlife so we had a room off the side street. We also visited the Nuremberg castle, which was a few minutes walk from the hotel.
We had gluhwein (German mulled wine), gingerbread cookies which taste different than the “American” kind, 3 sausage sandwiches etc. We enjoyed the German restaurant Bratwurst Roslein and the street food at the market. We opted for Asian food at Coco Indochine one night and it was pretty good. When we were at Indochine it snowed and looked so magical as we looked out the windows. It felt fitting like we were in a movie.
The Nuremberg Christmas market is special because they pride themselves on keeping tradition. Andrew bought a gnome, ornaments, a Nutcracker, and a prune dentist! The prune man is a funny German tradition. Andrew bought a lot of items, so we didn’t keep the gluhwein cups this year. It’s a fun tradition where you can keep the cups as a souvenir or return them to receive your deposit back. The cup design changes every year.
Kai had his first meeting with Santa and he didn’t cry! They have a whole section for kids at this Christmas market. It’s a dream come true for any child and we can’t wait to go back. We still want to go on a horse carriage ride!