6 Peculiar Things to See in Nuremberg, Germany

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Founded nearly 1000 years ago, this elegant town is an interesting mix between cosmopolitan and bizarre. Its atmosphere is coexistence between medieval and modern, between the past and present.

When we think of Nuremberg, we usually think of gingerbread, Christmas, fairytales and Albrecht Dürer. However, it’s important to know that there’s even more to see in this lovely city. With a little help from your friends at Travelversed, you will be able to check out some peculiar things and places.

1. Ship of Fools

This is not just a regular monument – it’s one that makes you think and reflect upon a series of things. And, even if it was made hundreds of years ago, its significance fits our times and societies just like a glove.

Ship of Fools is a bronze sculpture portraying Albrecht Dürer’s woodcut that illustrates Das Narrenschiff‘s 1497 edition (the first edition dates 3 years earlier, back in 1494) created by German humanist and satirist Sebastian Brant.

This meaningful masterpiece depicts a boat, seven people, a skeleton and a dog. Interesting gathering of passengers, indeed. At front and rear, you will notice two fools’ masks – a metaphor for the continuously threatened world. Curious about what the artist wanted to represent? Keep reading, because once revealed, the meaning will certainly not disappoint this curiosity of yours.

Hubertl / Own Work
Hubertl / Own Work

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