We arose this morning and after breakfast we went across the street to the depot to take the train for Nürnberg. We all parted reluctantly from München. It is a beautiful city and so “Gemütlich” which word is hard to translate. Everybody seems to be on good terms with everybody else. It is quite a university town, too, with some 5,000 students and it is interesting to to see them in their various caps and colors.
We had a very pleasant three hours ride in a third class car which we found to be clean and just as attractive as a second class compartment except the seats which have no cushions. We had the compartment all to ourselves, and we decide to try third again on through trains. This was the train from München to Berlin and Nürnberg the first stop.
We passed through Ingolstadt Solnhofen, where they quarry slate of which much is exported to America, we passed some very pretty Castles and Chateaus and reached Nürnberg in good time.
At the depot, sister Lenchen received us, and it is hard to explain to you the feeling which overcame me when I embraced her after a separation of thirty-six years. She has changed but little in her general appearance and mode of speech and actions. We had a delightful time ever since we met.We found this hotel to be nearer to the American Hotel than any which we have been at. We walked up to the old Burg and took a refreshment in the Bratwurstglöcklein. This little restaurant adjoins an old church and is mentioned as early as 1519 and some say it was build in 1400. It has been the favorite resort of all celebrated Nürnberger such as Alb. Durer, Hans Sachs, Martin Behain, the explorer and the numerous artists who made Nürnberg famous.
We also took a look at the wonderful old town walls and fortifications, which are a very interesting feature of this quaint old town. There were some 300,000 inhabitants in the town and, in spite of modern progress, it is still mediaeval in appearance, and it has on every corner, especially in the old town, the old buildings, which suggest to you the wealth, importance and artistic taste of the good old city of the Empire. The early history of Nürnberg is closely interwoven with that of the Hohenzollern family.
We ascended the Burg Huegel (Castle hill) a sandstone rock on the N. side of the town on which stand the Imperial Castle, the remains of the small Burg graves, castle, and the two municipal edifices. The Burg graves Castle, the oldest building in the town, dates back to the 11th century. We did not visit the interior as it was rather late in the day.
After supper we had a good chat about olden times and happenings and went to bed in good time.
Editor’s note: Gemütlich connotes “genial,” “comfortable,” “cozy.”
Nürnberg in English is better known as Nuremberg.