"How to cope if your footwear isn't waterproof!" Nürnberg Warnings Or Dangers Tip by CatherineReichardt
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As I write this, I am convalescing from a major foot operation, so the subject of appropriate footwear is a subject that is currently very dear to my heart!
Walking is by far the best way to appreciate European cities, and when visiting Nuernberg - indeed most old cities - it is vital to come prepared with appropriate footwear. Cobbled streets look quaint and charming, but absolutely hammer your feet if you don't have good walking shoes and are murderous on any shoes or boots with narrow heels. I tend to travel with my hiking boots, but for those who feel that these are too heavy or too unfashionable, at least pack a pair of trainers/takkies/runners/sports shoes and some thick socks.
Secondly, one of Nuernberg's peak tourist periods is in December, for the Christkindlmarkt. The snow has often started to fall by this time - further contributing to the fairytale atmosphere - but remember that snow (and particuarly the slush into which it disintegrates) will rapidly waterlog non-waterproof footwear. So make sure that whatever you pack is waterproof, and perhaps also consider applying an extra coat of waterproof spray just for good measure.
And what to do if you get caught short and don't have other shoes to use? Well, when my Mum's supposedly waterproof boots became sodden, she came up with idea of wearing plastic bags between two pairs of socks. Not only did it shop her feet getting wet, but it also provided some thermal insulation: needless to say, one of the most effective ways of getting cold and miserable is to have wet feet.
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