Nürnberg, May 26th

Nürnberg. The Neutor [a rough translation of the text on the card back reads “The Neutor tower is one of the four circular wall towers which protected the four main access routes to the city. The towers were built in the years 1556–1674. The designs of these towers, a symbol of the city, which create a tremendous impression by the force of their appearance, come from Gg. Unger, but they are called Durerturme in the folk tradition.”]

This is our last day in Nürnberg, and I went to the Germanic Museum, which is in a suppressed Carthusian Monastery, a gothic structure started in 1380 and enlarged in the 15th century with a church and two cloistered courts.

It is one of the finest collections in Germany, and I regret that I cannot spend days in it instead of hours. It contains the best collections of stained glass from the 12th to the 16th century which I have seen, and I wish that our men could visit this wonderful collection once a week. I know that I would enjoy it.

There is also a fine collection of wood carvings among them, the so-called Nürnberg Madonna, a fine statue carved in wood, full of life. Beautiful old furniture, among this a sumptuous ebony bedstead inlaid with alabaster, a goblet made of a cocoanut [sic] with beautiful carving. Peasants, costumes, peasant’s room from Tyrol (1500) Cologne, Switzerland, Nuremberg, etc.

It is impossible to describe even a part of this grand collection which is the more interesting because it is distributed in the old cells, chapels, and passages of the old monastery.

I had promised to meet the ladies at the Bratwurst glocklein where they had gone to eat some Sauer Kraut and wurstle, but time passed so quick that I gave it up and just “Lost myself” in this old town, coming across new sights at every turn of a corner, which cannot be described on paper, and so I have collected quite a number of pictures as a memento of this fine old Burg.

Bay window at the Sebaldernfarrhof.

I must not forget to mention the St. Sebaldus church dedicated in 1274.The exterior of this church, which was restored in 1894, is distinguished by an unusual wealth of decorative sculptures, the Last Judgment, The Ten Virgins, Death, Burial and Coronation of the Virgin, all dating from the 14th century. The Bearing of the Cross, Entombment and Resurrection, by the celebrated sculptor Adam Kraft, is one of the most important of his works.

We enjoyed a good dinner and took affectionate leave of each other at six o’clock. We took third class again and had very nice traveling companions. At nine o’clock, we reached München and were received with the usual scrapes and bows and smiles at the Hotel.

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