As befits an insider tip in Nuremberg, the Bürgermeistergarten (Mayor's Garden) is not easy to find. The best way to begin looking is in the Burggarten (castle moat) on the upper and lower bastions to the west and north of the Nuremberg Castle. You walk through the splendid gardens into an idyllic park in which the silence is uninterrupted, save for the twittering and chirping of birds and grasshoppers.
From the castle moat to the enchanted Bürgermeistergarten
From the imperial stables, today the home of the Youth Hostel, you walk to the left of the bulky Fünfeck tower through a small gate to the upper bastion and into the rose garden. The sea of blossom in the stone squares invite you to take a rest, especially in summer. The path leads across the lower Castle Gardens, with their artfully set circle of trees, and along the wall of the Nuremberg Castle along and through the Bürgermeistergarten; so called because this part of the castle grounds used to be rented out to the mayor. This is also the only place, by the way, where the castle wall is accessible to the public.
In contrast to the stately gardens on the bastion, this has a fairy-tale-like character and even feels slightly enchanted. Stone gates, figures, benches and staircases line the winding path and from a stone gallery you can find a wonderful view of the Tiergärtnertorplatz and the Albrecht Dürer House.
Lettuces and gazebos in the castle moat? This Nuremberg insider tip takes you to the allotments beneath the north side of the Nuremberg Castle. You can best get there by walking from the Albrecht-Dürer house in a northerly direction...
For centuries pedestrians crossed the Pegnitz River on a wooden bridge located in front of the current one. In 1824 the first iron suspension bridge was built.
The Gardens of the Hesperides in Nuremberg were established outside the town walls in the St. John's district in the Middle Ages. The Gardens of the Hesperides, where citrus fruits were once cultivated, owe their name to the daughters...
While strolling along the small Pegnitz island past the lovingly restored ensemble of houses it is hard to believe that this was the pig market in the Middle Ages.