Interview with Niall from @travellersandotherstuff

Today, we are welcoming the first collaborator with The Wise Explorer. An interview about the last trip took by the Instagram user @travellersandotherstuff to two gothic/medieval cities in Germany.

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Welcome to the community!

Tell us about yourself, where you come from and about how and when did your passion for traveling start?

Hi, my name is Niall, I am currently a full time university student where I study childhood youth studies and sociology, I am also a support worker to young people which I fit around university, which in turn I fit around travelling. I come from a small town in the North West of England called Runcorn, however I now live in Liverpool. I would say my passion for travel began in 2015, when me and my partner began our travels around the world with a trip to Berlin, Basel, Marrakech and Madrid. I had never really travelled much before this, other than my first ever trip abroad which was a solo trip to Ibiza, then again to Ibiza with friends and then a trip to Brussels.

Today you are going to share your recent within Germany. How did you decide for this location? 

Well originally I had booked one way flights  (its cheaper booking one way flights) to Riga as a surprise for me and my partner for over valentines, however I left it too late booking return flights. So then I started looking at other destinations and where we could get reasonably priced flights there and back. This is how I pretty much decided on Nuremberg.

Europe is lucky to have companies like Ryanair. Here in the States, the only way to save a little of money is buying return flights. How much did the trip en up costing? 

  • Flights from Manchester to Nuremberg: £26.50
  • Flights from Nuremberg to Manchester: £43.84
  • Accommodation: £100
  • how much spending money did we take? About €250
  • total cost: about £400, for three days in Nuremberg between two people.

How did you travel to the location. Where did you stay? How was the transportation system there? Did you use an agency, a guide or you did it all yourself? 

We flew from Manchester to Nuremberg which is only about 20 minutes from the city centre on public transport. We then got the U-Bahn to our Airbnb apartment just outside of the city center. I think the transport all over Europe is amazing, although the trains here were a little bit more pricey than other places I have been. I did it all myself, we booked our flights through Skyscanner and out accommodation through Airbnb and we just sorted everything else out when we got there.

Could you explore on your own? Was there any cultural or language barrier?

I could, the first time I ever went abroad I was on my own. I feel like there is some benefits to exploring on your own, as you can do and see exactly what you want at your own pace. However I do prefer travelling with someone else. No, there was no language barrier, well except for when I was asking for some food from a street vender, but luckily a local stepped in and translated for me.

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Was the trip mostly sightseeing, or you enjoyed activities and shows as well?

Yes, like most of my trips it was mostly sightseeing. I got to use my DSLR camera a lot more on this trip too, as I am slowly getting more comfortable with that. I did also visit two museum’s. First I went to the Nuremberg castle where they have all sorts of war memorabilia and history about this city. But if you wanted, you could just make the short walk up to the top where you have great views right over the city. Then I visited the Nazi party rally grounds, a museum which tells you all about the part Nuremberg played under the Nazi regime.

 

What surprised you there in a good way? Any strange/unpleasant experience?

What surprised me most was just how quiet and ‘un-touristy’ it was. As most places I visit there seems to be a huge rush to get from tourist spot A, to B and so on… but there was a nice laid back feel to Nuremberg. The only sort of ‘strange’ experience I had was being interviewed by some sort of German TV or radio station. So keep an eye, or ear, out for me!

What did you learn from the culture or the locals?

I would say the main thing I took from the culture and locals is that, if you need anything, you better get it before 8pm as everything seems to be closed after then (excluding bars & some restaurants). This trip also helped reaffirm how friendly German people seem to be!

Did you enjoy their cuisine? Which were your favorite dishes?

I’m probably not the best person to ask, I am vegetarian and in places like Germany the local cuisine is all meat based. Although I did try my first ever falafel burger and absolutely loved it. The local beer was good too.

What was your favorite sight/thing from the trip? 

In Nuremberg, it was either the view from the castle or all the old medieval looking buildings. In Rothernburg Ob Der Tauber, it was the whole town, it was very medical and fairy tale looking. Plus it was really good seeing the clock tower thing in Rothernberg as I have seen loads of pictures, so it was good to see it for myself.

What are the 3 things about that location that would make you come back? 

I think it is one of them places that once you have been you wouldn’t really have any need to go back. Although I think the city would look amazing during Christmas time with its medieval buildings covered in snow.

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Why should people visit it?

I would recommend anyone who likes medieval looking places to visit either Nuremberg or Rotherberg. Although there isn’t a lot of things to do, so maybe a day trip to Munich as well, depending on how much time you have.

Any tips for future visitors? Anything you would have love to know/ be prepared for before arriving?

I would say maybe book train tickets in advance, if you are planning on visiting anywhere outside of Nuremberg. We were thinking about visiting Munich whilst we there, but the train tickets would have cost us about €200! I probably should have been better prepared for the cold weather during the night, so I would recommend taking some thermals.

 

Do you have a bucket list? What are some things/places on it?

Not a bucket list as such, I don’t really believe in making a list of things you should do, I’m more of a ‘Just do as much cool vibey sh*t at your own pace’ kind of thinker. Having said that, there are a few things I would definitely like to experience: such as seeing the northern lights; New York for my birthday (Christmas); Mardi Gras; ride a hot air balloon in Cappadocia. That would all be pretty decent to do.

Was is your next adventure? Anything planned yet?

My next trip is not until May, I will be flying to Madrid for a couple of days, then flying to Basel; where I will spend a day in Colmar and Eguisheim; a day in Zurich and the rest of my time in Basel before flying home. Then I am going to Lisbon in July for some sightseeing and the Nos Alive festival. In September I will be going to Budapest, Vienna and Prague. As for travel plans September onwards, I may go away for a weekend city break before I start my final year of university in October. I also plan on getting away for New Year.

That is so nice! so many plans, and the first one is to my home country, Spain! Have fun there!

How can we see more about you and your trips? what is your website and social media?

You can follow me on instagram @travellersandotherstuff and I am also working on a website and Facebook page which will both be travellersandotherstuff, so keep an eye out for that.

Thank you so much for collaborating with us!


 

If you guys want to see more of his trips, don’t hesitate in visiting his instagram and we’ll update this post when his website is ready.

Let me know if you guys liked the post, here or via Instagram.

Tomorrow I will be posting a little from my trip to Jamaica, so excited!

Please leave a comment or hit that contact button for suggestions, comments or if you want to collaborate!

Be wise!

 

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