Fürth

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Michaelis Kirche (church) in Fuerth; was built in 1100 AD.

Fürth (also Fuerth) is a city in Bavaria, Germany in the region of Franconia. It is right next to Nuremberg, so close that they are basically attached to each other. Unlike Nuremberg, the buildings in Fürth were untouched during the war.

Understand[edit]

During the Middle Ages Fuerth was jointly governed by the city of Nuremberg, the bishop of Bamberg and the count of Ansbach. Therefore Fuerth's coat of arms shows a cloverleaf. Fuerth is also older than Nuremberg, dating back to November 1007. See "1000 Jahre Fürth" at http://www.1000-jahre-fuerth.de (German only). Fuerth had a large Jewish population (Levi's founder Levi Strauss for example, also Henry Kissinger, who was born in Fuerth and fled to the USA when the Nazis came to power).

Get in[edit]

From Nuremberg via subway line U1. Alight at Fuerth Hauptbahnhof (Main Station) or Fuerth Rathaus.

Get around[edit]

You can travel to just about anywhere in Fuerth by foot or via bus. If a bus is not available, you can always take a taxi or ride a bike. Local public transportation is provided by INFRA Fürth in conjunction with VAG, see: http://en.vag.de/ . You can buy tickets at electronic ticket machines located at many bus stops, all subway stations, all train stations, and from bus drivers. Tickets can be purchased with cash, and the ticketing machines do not accept bills larger than €20 unless your purchase exceeds €30. Ticket prices are listed on each ticketing machine and at each bus stop. Depending on your destination, you will need to buy a different ticket that will get you there. A one way ticket within Fuerth cost €1,40. If you plan on taking more than 2 one-way rides, it will make sense to buy a Day Ticket Solo for €3,60 or a Day Ticket Plus for €6,30. The Day Ticket Plus allows up to 2 adults and up to 4 children under the age of 18 to ride within 2 specified zones as much as they want. This is a good ticket to take when traveling from Fuerth to Nuremberg because Nuremberg downtown is in Zone 2. There are also discounts for students, children between the ages of 6-14, and senior citizens. Children 5 and under ride free. All information on ticket prices within Fuerth, Nuremberg, and Stein can be found here: http://en.vag.de/?pid=944 .

Buses and subways in Fuerth are all handicap-accessible.

See[edit]

Local farmers showing off their harvest during the Michaelis Kirchweih parade.
  • Historic city streets. North of the town hall. (Subway stop Fuerth Rathaus)
  • Fuerther Freiheit The location of the first train to ever run in Germany. Now the Open-air markets is there.
  • Jewish Museum.
  • Rundfunk Museum. The Radio Museum of the City of Fuerth
  • Rathaus (City hall). Constructed between 1840 and 1850, the building was strongly inspired by the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.
  • Michaelis Kirchweih (available only in German and French). Takes place every October to celebrate the consecration of the Michaelis Kirche, the oldest church in Fuerth. (Subway stop Fuerth Rathaus or Fuerth Hauptbahnhof)

Do[edit]

  • Take a walk in the beautiful Stadt Park (city park). If you walk along the Pegnitz river (which is located adjacent to the park) you will arrive in downtown Nuremberg in about 2 hours, just follow the signs labeled "Nürnberg Altstadt".
  • Watch a soccer game. The local team is called Greuther Fürth http://www.greuther-fuerth.de
  • Visit Toni Bechtold's house for some smooth jazz. Alexanderstraße 30 90762.

Events[edit]

  • International Kletzmer Festival [1]
  • Michaelis-Kirchweih - The St. Michael’s Festival, unlike most church festivals which were appointed as official festival sites from the city authorities, has earned its reputation and popularity through the years. As the second oldest but yet mother of the Kirchweih-Church Festivals it was named after the valiant archangel. It is estimated that this simple, rather modest church reflecting the image of "The old Temple on the Hill" was founded in the year 1100. As early as 601 Pope Gregor declared that the Kircheneinweihung-inauguration of the church should be opened with a cultural feast. And not only recognized as a religious ceremony, historians believe that the foundation of the building occurred approximately 900 years ago, just as the first festival had. The residents of the city of Fürth were very proud and initiated this festival as the Michael und aller Engel Tag to be celebrated on the 29 of September or the Sunday thereafter. The popularity grew as did the area in which it is celebrated, the church of St. Michael, Gustavstraße/street and in the city of Fürth. In 2010 it is estimated to have had over 1.6 million visitors. [2]

Buy[edit]

Fuerth has much to offer when it comes to shopping. There are department stores and small shops scattered around downtown, but since downtown in so small, they are all a short walk away from one another. There is also an air-conditioned shopping mall, which is uncommon throughout Europe, called City Center Fürth. It is located on the Fußgängerzone (pedestrian zone). On the Fußgängerzone you will also find many local shops ranging from antiques to groceries. Many locals buy their fruits, vegetables, and different types of cheese at the local Open-air market located on the Fuerther Freiheit (just a short walk from the main train station and the Fußgängerzone).

Souvenirs[edit]

Souvenirs and postcards are not so easy to come by in Fuerth. But, you will find a small selection in the local Tourism Office (across the street from the Main train station). Otherwise, you will just have to look around in all the little shops for anything you might like.

Eat[edit]

Budget[edit]

  • Döner shops scattered throughout the city
  • Bratwuerst stands, there is one located on Fuerther Freiheit and another on the Fußgängerzone (pedestrian zone). Ask for a Fraenkische Bratwuerst, and you will receive a Bratwuerst in a bread roll. Some places will offer Sauerkraut or grilled onions to top off your meal.
  • Local butcher shops and bakeries offer pre-made sandwiches and sometimes hard-boiled eggs, as well as other products. Some of them will even prepare your sandwich the way you want it. For a Bavarian specialty, try a Leberkäs Semmel which is similar to a slice of meat loaf made from the same products and having the same consistency of a hot dog.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Zum Tannenbaum offers wonderful traditional German and Franconian dishes - a short walk from the subway stop Fuerth Rathaus
  • Asia Küche - good Chinese food for a decent price, they even offer a lunch special. When you eat here you either eat standing up or take-out and eat at home. They also offer a delivery service. Located across the street from the end of the Fußgängerzone towards the Main train station.
  • Cafe am Park - nice little family business where you get excellent coffee, nice bakery and a daily offered warm dish. Located in the Moststrasse. Has some tables in the small park in front of it.

Splurge[edit]

  • Poseidon - an excellent local Greek restaurant that is located in Fuerth City Center
  • China-Town - a excellent Chinese restaurant that is located in Fuerth City Center. On Sundays, they usually have chicken and duck meals for half price
  • Our Place. A local American restaurant where you get so much food that you need to share! They are hidden behind the subway stop Fuerth Rathaus

Drink[edit]

  • Las Palmeras, (A short walk from underground stop Stadtgrenze). A nice little Latino-oriented nightclub with a good atmosphere and where you can dance the Salsa and drink relatively cheaply.
  • Stara Chata, (Almost at the Marketpalce - Angerstraße). Very good Polish cuisine and Polish beers of all kind. Very low prices and big meals.

Sleep[edit]

Budget[edit]

Mid-range[edit]

Splurge[edit]

  • Hotel-Pyramide (German only). About a 15 minute drive or bus ride from downtown Fuerth

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