The Nuremberg Castle: Imperial Castle (Kaiserburg), Burgraves' castle (Burggrafenburg) and “Imperial City”; Germany

The Nuremberg Castle | Nuremberg, Germany

The Nuremberg Castle (in German Nürnberger Burg) is one of the most prominent medieval fortifications in Germany and one could say even in Europe. Some sources say that the castle is representing the power and importance of the Holy Roman Empire and the German Nation.

Krämerbrücke (Merchants Bridge) in Erfurt, Germany.

Krämerbrücke | Erfurt, Germany

The stone part of Krämerbrücke was built in 1325 but the houses located there have continuously been inhabited during the past 500 years – longer than any other bridge in Europe! If not for the modern outfits of passers-by, you could actually feel a little like you are still living in traditional medieval German city.

Basilica di San Domenico in Sienna, Italy – a summer’s day.

Basilica di San Domenico | Sienna, Italy

Who doesn’t think of Tuscany when they hear of hills and vineyards? The interesting thing is that it is not just the wineries that are built on the hills – the cities take advantage of the terrain. Sienna is one of them – you could walk through the old town and enjoy the view of the sights from a distance.

The Urbino Cathedral (Urbino Duomo) in Italy

The Urbino Cathedral | Urbino, Italy

When you visit the Urbino old town, it may seem like a travel back in time. If you look on the buildings and ignore modern outfits of people passing by, the posters, café umbrellas, you can feel like a time traveller visiting on a summer’s day, that is 500 years ago. This is the impression one could have, especially when you visit the square in front of the Urbino Cathedral.

Photo of Urbino, medieval town in Italy

Summer | Urbino, Italy

Urbino in Marche region in Italy, is one of the hidden gems for history lovers. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage site and now belongs to one of my favourite Italian towns. The old town is known for many medieval ensembles and occupying the remains of the independent Renaissance culture. Today it is recognized as a student town.