Nuremberg, Salt Mines and Residenz Palace

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Nuremberg
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So picturesque

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St. Sebaldus Kirche

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Always bundled up!
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The German architecture was so pretty!
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Christmas Markets from above!

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So perfect!!
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St. Lorenz Kirche

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Night time was prettiest at the markets
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Gorgeous Bavarian Alps
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Ready for the Salt Mines!!!
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Duke’s little outfit… lol
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Learning how the salt is mined
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Warm-up break! They were needed often in Germany!
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Because, well, it’s Germany!!
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Winter wonderland on the drive back to the hotel

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The cutest restaurant, the NICEST staff ever and absolutely delicious food – makings of a great evening ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Back in Munich for our last day!
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Residenz Palace grandeur!

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TWINS!!!

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That is a tapestry. Speechless.

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The Electorate’s bedroom
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The hall of mirrors
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Loved the Ratskellar!
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Our last dinner as a group
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Back at it one last time!

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Such a prefect night to end our trip…
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You were good to us, Christmas Markets! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

This is the final compilation of pictures and stories from our trip. I included the last three days we were in Germany and tried to pick our tops moments (SO hard!)

On our fourth day, were able to see the Nuremberg and visit the big Christmas Market there. It is such a pretty city – a little more quaint than Munich (at least Old Town is), and the history there is pretty significant considering some of the Nazi buildings are still standing.

The markets themselves were so pretty and I love the picture where you are able to look down on the square because it kind of gives you perspective of how big the market was! And that was only one of the three!! We ate gingerbread, listened to the live Christmas band, (tried to stay warm!!!!), walked, walked and walked some more, and found some of the sweetest handmade gifts…

The next day we got to drive into the Bavarian Alps of Germany – SUUUPPER close to Salzburg, Austria – and take a tour of the Salt Mines there! It was such a beautiful day and the snow in the mountains was, again, just too pretty โค The Mines themselves were so fun to tour – our guide had such a thick accent so we were already amused, but then there were these slides we would slide down (hence the jumpers they give you to wear), the fast little train ride Duke was laughing on, and of course the explanation of how the salt is mined – all hundreds of feet inside a MOUNTAIN! Definitely a one-of-a-kind experience!! We ended the night with aย late dinner with friends at a amazing restaurant back in Munich.

On our last day in Munich,ย we toured the Residenz Palace – the castleย of the ruling Bavarian families since the 1300’s. Most of it had been rebuilt since WWII, but there were still lots of the original art and furniture. It was really spectacular! Itโ€™s hard to believe the electorates and their families lived in such grandeur. I mean, the tapestries and the art alone were so amazingly over the top,ย but as we heard and read more about how they had strict โ€œvisitingโ€ times and how every day the schedule was exactly the same, it was really eye opening. It was such a different time in history, and it was so interesting to have a little peek into what it was like. (It also makes me glad we live in the 21st Century! lol)

Back to the Christmas Markets we went to finish off the evening, and found some of our favorite finds of the trip!!! So happy ๐Ÿ™‚ Duke was such a trooper during the entire trip – absolutely no set schedule, naps in the carrier/stroller/bus/ wherever, freezing cold weather, trains, buses, walking – he is such a good little traveler and drank up everything around the entire time. Just love him!

I hope everyone had a MERRY CHRISTMAS back home! Love you all โค

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