Nuremberg! Or as the road signs call it – Nürmberg. It was tempting to skip this stop when planning our trip, but I’m so glad we didn’t!
We arrived in the afternoon and searched for our airbnb accommodation. Eventually we found it and met our hosts. They were a hippy couple with two hippy kids. Lior was glad to have found playmates (though they were a bit too rough with him) and some new toys.
The kids were very fun – Maalick (4 years), and Luniz (20 months). Both had long hair, Maalick’s starting to dreadlock, and wore funky jewellery. They were very eager to play with us and read them books in German. They were rudey nudey more often than not.
Their parents weren’t quite as friendly, but accommodating enough.
Later that afternoon we went for a walk (ignoring the first signs of rain) toward the city centre. We discovered (yet another) huge church. Most things were closed because it was a holiday, but we found our dinner at a sausage stall. The barbecuer cooked up some beef sausages for us on request, because his only ready sausages were pork.
The next day, our plan was to to to Linz, Austria. But before we could do anything we had to dry the clothes that hadn’t finished properly in Leipzig. Also, the wifi hadn’t been working where we were staying, so we were still without anything booked for that night – so we needed to get that sorted.
We managed to find an amazing laundromat. “How can a laundromat be amazing?” I hear you ask. Well, let me tell you. It was a laundromat-café, decorated retro style. They had amazing chai lattes (5 different types of chai), wifi, comfy seats, toys for Lior to play with, and HUGE driers. By the time we were done there it was 10:30 and Lior was long past ready for a nap.
This put a snag in our plans. We wanted to explore more of Nuremberg, then drive to Linz in the afternoon. I especially wanted to see the castle. Of course, the moment we put Lior in the car he was off to sleep, and we knew that we should really be on our way to Linz while he was sleeping (we try to do the long drives with him asleep).
In the end we decided to spend the day in Nuremberg. We would leave in the evening, skip Linz and drive overnight to our next destination. So we found a car park near the castle, and luckily Lior woke up after just an hour nap.
We set off the explore the castle – which ended up being closed, so we didn’t get to go inside, but we did get to explore outside and around. We saw some great views of the city. The whole area is so medieval! If it wasn’t for the cars and tourists, you might think you’d stepped back in time!
While we were at an information desk in the castle we saw a photo of a different castle. It was nestled in amongst snow capped mountains, surrounded by cloud, very fairy-tale like. We both agreed that we’d like to see it, so I asked where it was. The answer was little bit out of our way (it would add about 4 hours driving to our trip), but if we left soon we could make it before sundown.
So we found fruit and bread (and a big pretzel!) for lunch in a nearby market, booked accommodation, and jumped in the car!
Talia asked me “is this stupid?”.
I said “yes, but let’s do it anyway”.