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From: Emerald Waterways cruise review: Nuremberg-Trier

Pre-cruise stay: Nuremberg (2)

Breakfast buffet at Hotel Drei Raben, Nuremberg

We began our second day in Nuremberg with breakfast at the Hotel Drei Raben (included in the "guaranteed lowest available rate" from

Breakfast buffet at Hotel Drei Raben

A breakfast buffet had been laid out in the hotel's lobby bar, where we'd had a free glass of wine the previous evening. (The Hotel Drei Raben offers its guests a "glass of wine or any other aperitif" with antipasti from 6 to 8 p.m. daily.)

Breakfast breads at Hotel Drei Raben

The choice of breads, pastries, fruits, cereals, herring, meats, cheeses, salads, etc. was competitive with breakfast buffets in five-star luxury hotels.

Sandra, the receptionist on duty, offered to make eggs, so Cheryl had an omelette with freshly sautéed vegetables.

Street workers in Nuremberg

Thanks to our hearty breakfast, we had the strength to watch municipal workers lay paving stones on a street near our hotel.

Roofer in Nuremberg

We were happy to be safely on the pavement when we saw a Dachdecker defying gravity on one of Nuremberg's steeply-pitched roofs.

Kettensteg, Nuremberg

The previous day, as we'd walked along the city walls, we'd been intrigued by the Kettensteg, a suspension footbridge over the River Pegnitz.

Kettensteg suspension footbridge and River Pegnitz, Nuremberg 

The Kettensteg is older than it looks: Although it received a major overhaul in 2010, the bridge's key components date back to 1824, and the Kettensteg is said to be the oldest suspension bridge in Continental Europe.

River Pegnits from Kettensteg, Nuremberg

From the Kettensteg, we had a fine view of the River Pegnitz, which runs through Nuremberg's Altstadt. (As the river approaches the city's western walls, a dam and nearby tunnels control the water flow to prevent flooding.)

River Pegnits weir in Nuremberg

Goose on River Pegnitz, Nuremberg 

Beaver on River Pegnitz in Nuremberg

The section of river near the city walls is now a protected nature area. While walking along the river's banks, we saw geese, ducks, and even a beaver.

Reflected bridge in River Pegnitz, Nuremberg 

The Maxbrücke,  built in 1457, was reflected in the quiet waters beyond the weir.

Troedelbruecke, Nuremberg

The riverside walkway brought us to the Henkersteg, or Hangman's Bridge, which was built in 1595 and reconstructed in the 1950s after being destroyed in World War II.

Henkersteg, Nuremberg

The Henkersteg leads to a tiny island in the river, the Trödelmarktinsel, which is home to small independently-owned shops and a few restaurants. (In prior centuries, the island was known for its pig market and flea market.)

Historic Art Bunker, Nuremberg

In the afternoon, we took a tour of the Historische Kunstbunker or Historic Art Bunker in the Castle Hill, where the city stored its most precious works of art in World War II.

Air conditioning in Historische Kunstbunker, Nuernberg

Pumps in Historic Art Bunkers, Nuremberg

The bunkers, in old beer cellars carved from bedrock under the Imperial Castle, were fitted with air conditioning and pumps to preserve the paintings, statues, historic treasures, and other irreplaceable objects.

Tunnel beneath Historic Art Bunkers, Nuremberg

Tunnels connect the Historic Art Bunkers with other areas of the Imperial Castle's Historic Rock-Cut Cellars, which were used as civilian bomb shelters in World War II.

Bomb in Historic Art Bunkers, Nuremberg

Photo of World War II bombing devastation, Nuremberg

At the end of our tour, we saw photos, unexploded bombs, and a video that showed the devastation of Nuremberg by Allied bombings and the city's postwar reconstruction.

Construction site in Nuremberg

Nuremberg's Altstadt still has construction sites. (Although it follows the old medieval plan, the Old City continues to evolve.)

Couple on bridge, downtown Nuremberg

Steeply-pitched tile roofs with dormers are characteristic elements of Nuremberg's architecture, and even newer structures must fit in with restored pre-war buildings like these.

California cafe, Nuremberg

Still, it must be said that modern Nuremberg isn't without international influences.

Durant was especially taken with the Dunkin' Donuts at Königstrasse 76, which was a tasteful combination of rectilinear architecture and circular cuisine.

Bratwursthäusle, Nuremberg

Tempting though a Krapfen might have been, we saved our appetites for dinner--this time at the Bratwursthäusle on the Rathausplatz, a local institution that our hotel receptionist had said we shouldn't miss.

Durant Imboden at Bratwursthäusle, Nuremberg

Another day, another platter of Nürnburger sausages (best enjoyed with the Bratwursthäusle's delicate Weinsauerkraut.)

Interior of Bratwursthäusle, Nuremberg

After eating outdoors on the terrace, we checked out the restaurant's cozy interior, which we'll have to try the next time we're in Nuremberg on a cool or rainy day.

Dog bowls at Bratwursthäusle, Nuremberg

Q: How can you tell that a German restaurant caters to locals, and not just to foreign tourists?

A: By the water bowls for dogs.

Public viewing of football match in Nuremberg

For our evening walk, we headed toward the eastern half of the Altstadt, passing a bar-restaurant where football fans were watching France defeat Iceland in the UEFA Euro championships.

Nuremberg Sommer in der City

Our walk led us to an island in the Pegnitz, the Insel Schütt, where an event called Sommer in der City was running from early May through late July.

Sommer in der City "Stadtstrand"

Tropical bar, Sommer in der City, Nuremberg

Lebkuchen stall, Nuremberg

Sign at Sommer in der City, Nuremberg

Dunkin' Donuts at Sommer in der City, Nuremberg

The "Nuremberg City Beach" had sand, a boardwalk with chairs for sunbathing, bars serving tropical drinks, food stalls, activities for children, a beach volleyball court, and even a riverside outpost of Dunkin' Donuts.

Stadtbiblithek Nürnberg

Leaving the island, we passed Cinecittà, Germany's largest cinema complex, and the Stadtbibliothek or Public Libary as we walked south toward the main railroad station.

A couple of minutes later, we reached the Lutheran Katherinenkirche (in English, St. Catherine's Church), which was largely destroyed by World War II bombing.

St Catherine's Church ruins, Nuremberg

The church has been stabilized and preserved as a ruin. Under the name "St. Katherina Open Air," it offers music concerts and theatre performances every summer.

Nuremberg tourist office and gate

Nuremberg tourist office and gate

We wrapped up our evening walk by admiring the glass-walled Nuremberg Tourist Information Office at Königstrasse 93, which faces the railroad station and the Königstor city gate.

U-Bahn Line 2 train, Nuremberg

The next morning, we walked from the Hotel Drei Raben to the Nuremberg Hauptbahnhof, where we caught a U-Bahn train (Line 2) to the airport for our free transfer to Emerald Star in the Nuremberg Cruise Port.  

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Emerald Star day-by-day photo diary:
Day 1: Departure (Nuremberg)
Day 2: Bamberg
Day 3: Wurzburg
Day 4: Wertheim & Mittenberg
Day 5: Rhine & Koblenz
Day 6: Moselle & Bernkastel
Day 7: Trier
Day 8: Disembarkation (Trier)

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Pre-cruise stay: Nuremberg
Emerald Waterways cruise review: Nuremberg to Trier