To Nuremberg: A Letter to the City I fell In Love And Will Forever Be

To Nuremberg: A Letter to the City I fell In Love And Will Forever Be

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To the City, I adore so much: Nuremberg, Germany

I am usually independent. I want to be independent. I always look for a place where I can feel an enough freedom; either in a park, in a coffee shop, in a mountain, in a town, in a province or anywhere where my feelings lead me to; Nuremberg, Germany

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In August 2014, I had my first ever out of the country trip; or even first ever out the continent trip. Where to? In Germany! It was a trip that supposedly to refresh my mind from almost six months of non-stop work for a project to Typhoon Haiyan affected communities in the Philippines. I am in a great desire of a break, a long break. There was no detailed itinerary for my 21-day stay in Nuremberg, Germany, so it ended that I was not even out in Bavaria (a state where Nuremberg belongs). I did not regret that. I am not regretting that. I will not regret that. It gave me the chance to realize and choose the city where I will forever be in love.

Was it love at first sight? It might be. When I first stepped into the city center of Nuremberg, there was a huge curiosity. It was not curious as a traveler or as a tourist; it was a curiosity of someone who is looking for a place to retire to. Yes, I might be too young to think about retirement stuff but the phrase, “Yes! I finally found it!” ran to me while seeing the people, the food, the establishments, and the environment which is inviting me to explore it more. From that very moment, I told myself, “Yes, I fall in love and will forever be with you, Nuremberg.” I have no idea on how to perfectly show my affection to you, so let me do it on the way I used to, through writing a letter.

Dearest Nuremberg (Nürnberg),

Thank you for existing and letting me see your different wonders …

To Nuremberg: A Letter to the City I fell in love and will forever be

Old meets New. Nuremberg City, with its hundred-year old buildings and the structure of the new century.

Thank you for recovering as fast as you could after you lean down from war. Without your rapid development, how could I see your charm? You have a famous yet classified as a humble castle, compare to others in Germany.  It was a location where former people show how powerful they are. Now, it serves as a remarkable venue of people, wanting to see the gloom and beauty of yesterday’s events.  The Imperial Castle is a witness of the Word War II – the eyes of how people lost their assets and even their loved ones.Thank you for proving that all my assumptions are wrong. I thought you are just a city full of high buildings which replaced the trees’ space. I thought you are just a modern city where people are all busy passing by now and then. I thought you are just a meeting place where people are talking about how they will be richer. I was wrong. I am wrong. You are a city full of excitement. You are a city full of wonderful contrasts.

To Nuremberg: A Letter to the City I fell in love and will forever be

The start of the Journey going to Kaiserburg Fortress or the Imperial Castle.

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Thank you for the gift of realization. Holding the nightmare of the past, hundred-year old houses are standing together with the newly-built ones in the walk ways or even just in front of me every time I wake up in the morning. It reminds me that past molded the modern life of today.

To Nuremberg: A Letter to the City I fell in love and will forever be

Houses in the City. Fall in love with the heart of their homes, the Balcony.

Thank you for mixing art and family.

To Nuremberg: A Letter to the City I fell in love and will forever be

The Marriage Carousel. A controversial, oversized contemporary fountain, depicting the ‘bittersweet’ experiences in a married life. This is based on Hans Sachs’ poem.

Thank you for valuing the works of a Master Painter.

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The Albrecht Dürer House is located below the Kaiserburg Fortress. It was in 1509 when the Master Painter began to work here. Now, a permanent exhibit showcases the worthy copies of his works.

Thank you for giving hope to your residence and your visitors by allowing them to convey their greatest wishes in life. You made a physical symbol that someday, these wishes will turn into reality.

To Nuremberg: A Letter to the City I fell in love and will forever be

Schöner Brunnen or Beautiful Fountain, standing 19-meter high. It is believed that if you turn the golden ring in the latticework, it will give good fortune and grant your wish.

Thank you for offering a magnificent view of a house in the River while people stroll and explore you.

To Nuremberg: A Letter to the City I fell in love and will forever be

Weinstadel house with a water tower and Hangman’s’ tower.

I can’t mention all the wonders I have seen during our time together, but I am sure that the sneak-peek I shared will be enough to make other people fall in love with you too. If they don’t, then they must be a crazy alien!

I do …

I do love the people. I always look at them; I observe them. I use them as my guide on how to enjoy the place where I am. Natives, migrants, and tourists are all treated similarly. Nuremberg, your people, did not judge me by my color, by height, by weight; they just welcomed me fairly and that, I found who and what true people are.

I do like the food. You satisfied all my cravings. Sweet, salty, sour, or spicy. You can all let them touch my picky taste bud. With all your food offering, I discovered that being sexy is if you’re fulfilled to what you ate!

I do appreciate all your assets and do accept your flaws. I know you do not have everything and you are not perfect.  And did not fall in love with you because of your near-to-perfection features. You caught my heart because of the ‘spark’ I felt on the first day I saw you. That spark includes perfections and imperfections.

How I wish …

How I wish I could spend more time with you. That I can fully and continually explore what else you can offer to surprise my curiosity. But as people do, you can come and go. You might go out from my sight but rest assured that your portrait is every day running on my mind.

To Nuremberg: A Letter to the City I fell in love and will forever be

Keep a record of your treasure through photos.

How I wish I have known you before. Maybe when I met you earlier, I could understand completely what real happiness is. There’s nothing to regret about anyway. Things do come on a perfect time. I met you when I was in need of great relaxation, and you gave me that. I am lucky I knew and know you.

How I wish I could communicate with you more naturally. Bear with the inability to understand what was written around you. I know it can lead to misunderstanding but believe me; I am trying so hard to learn your language so we can talk deeper and clearer next time. And what does the modern world is doing, I can see and communicate with you every day, even if it’s just virtually. A long distance relationship may do.

To Nuremberg: A Letter to the City I fell in love and will forever be

An excellent place of letting your thoughts fly freely.

How I wish you will take care of my heart. You made my heart beats faster when I first saw you. You made me feel how great it is to have something to admire too. You made me inspired to come back in your hands though I know it would be hard. You took care of my heart by letting me feel those emotions, so I wish you will still do the same when time allows us to meet again.

How I wish you will remain as whatever you are now. Though changes are inevitable, I hope that whatever you showed to me will stay as wonderful as they are for my eyes.  Keep your natural beauty!

Nuremberg, Thank you very much! (Vielen Dank) Until we meet again! 

My memories with you will be kept and secured forever as these padlocks do. 

To Nuremberg: A Letter to the City I fell in love and will forever be
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To Nuremberg: A Letter to the City I fell in love and will forever beJessica Ayun is a Freelance Writer who writes if 5-10 cups of coffee a day will be served. She used to work as a TV Researcher but her feet are always curious to step into new places, so she decided to work in the communities of Visayas and Mindanao as a  Documenter for almost two years, through a non-government organization (NGO). She tries to see the “real happiness” in every person she meets and every place she goes to. She will always choose mountains than beaches.

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Comments 80

  1. My partner has been going on about taking me there for ages and I have resisted saying its not somewhere that really interests me however, looking at the pictures and reading the post I think you may have convinced me!

  2. Wow, what a beautiful place. I would love to visit here. I do not do a lot of travelling. The Schöner Brunnen looks amazing!

  3. This is a part of Germany I haven’t visited but your enthusiasm makes we want to pack my bags and go there right away.

  4. I’ve never been to Nuremberg but your photos look amazing. I absolutely love Germany and it falls just under Italy as my favourite European country. I’ll definitely need to explore some more. x

  5. Even though Berlin is my hometown, I visited relatives in Nuernberg often and came to like it more….More history from medieval to modern and easier to get around in.

    1. Hallo Martin! Berlin is also special, with its artistic and unique set up. 🙂 Yes, Nuremberg exhibits a wide range of era, that really makes me fell in love with it. 🙂 What’s your favorite part of the city anyway? Hopefully you can come again in Nuremberg. 🙂

  6. Hi Jessica,

    Ito yun eh. Galing. I love the way you wrote this.very open, vulnerable and full of emotions. Ito yun eh hahaha

    And the people of Nuremberg loved it too!

    Congrats for this. Hope to see more of your writings. Dati ka palang TV researcher? sang network ka? Ako dating Segment Producer. hahaha God bless!

    Jon

    1. Hello Jon,

      Oh my! THE Jon To The World gave those kind words to my article. 😀 Hahaha. Maraming Salamat! One of the greatest form of writing is when the writer let his/her words flow freely and genuinely. 😉

      I was in ABS-CBN for some months, super short lang ng stay ko dun dahil nangati ang paa ko gumala, which the NGO I also worked before, was able to give me. And you? You are a real writer then! 🙂 Gawa tayo ng travel show, Sir SP. Hanap nalang ng EP and Director. Lols – Jessica

      1. Correct! and you have the gift. Hope to see more of your writings.

        Ah sa ABS-CBN ka pala. Don ako nag-OJT hehe But I worked for GMA for more than 5 Years. Exciting job pero alam mo na trabaho natin sa media, patayan! walaang balance…

        Tara gawa tayo Travel show someday Wahaha! kayang kaya natin yan, with our experience? Naks! hahaha

        Regards and God lbless.

        Jon

        1. HAHAHA! Someday…
          I had my internship in GMA News TV’s Front Row and it was the best experience I had in media, so far. Hehe.
          More travels to come and be safe!

          Best,
          Jessica A.

  7. I was born there in1934 grew up during WWII saw all the destruction the allies created there was not much left but we picked thru the rubble and Nürnberg was reborn thanks for the nice letter

    1. Hallo Helen! Wow! You are amazin! l always admire those people who experienced WWII, and much more on how you witnessed how affected places (like Nuremberg) recovered. I am sure you have many great stories to share. 🙂

  8. The highest form of appreciation in our Nuremberg dialect would be “Bassd scho”. Literally translates to allright or OK but in fact more like awesome or very good work!

  9. Nuernberg is my hometown, I left in 1972 and still think it is the most beautiful city in the world. Ich liebe und vermisse dich. Ich komm bald wieder dich zu besuchen!

  10. There is only one little thing wrong… Everybody is wrong about it, so don’t worry 🙂 You have to find the black ring at Schöner Brunnen for a life full of fortune- not the golden ring. The golden ring is way too easy to find, but try the black one. Still I have to search for it every time I come around 😀
    Maybe this is a good reason for you to come back ;)?

    1. I agree, Vicky. I will try to look for that black ring. Last time I was there, it was under construction and they make a cute hole for a ring, for the tourists to keep wishihg. 🙂

  11. Greetings from Nürnberg and thank you for your words. The city and the people always will welcome you! Hope you’ll come back some day!

  12. I guess Ms. Ayun was the origin writer from this letter wich is more than a honor for the city im born, raised and still livin in. 🙂 thank you in the name of Nürnberg. 🙂 i loved to read those nice an warm words. Ull always be welcome here. 🙂

    1. Hallo Marc! I will definitely come back in your wonderful city, especially now, with your warm welcome. When that time comes, I hope to see you somewhere there! 🙂

  13. Who is actually the writer of this genuine article? Must give her lots of credits by seeing the real beauty of Nürnberg.

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