Nuremberg Explored (7) – Eppelein horse jump

It’s been a while since my last episode of “Nuremberg Explored”, but I want to send you off into the weekend with a nice story from medieval times. The most famous Nuremberg saga is about the Eppelein horse jump in the year 1375.

If you visit the Imperial Castle and lean over the sandstone wall a few meters to the left of the pentagonal tower on the north wall, you will see the alleged hoof print of the horse of the knight Eppelein von Gailingen. Eppelein was a wealthy nobleman who, like so many other “noble” contemporaries, had made a name for himself as a robber and had done his mischief in the area around Nuremberg. Legend has it that the robber knight, once finally captured by the city guards, has avoided imprisonment by jumping with his horse over the moat at this very sport on the northern castle walls.

Historic illustration of the legendary jump from “Die Gartenlaube” (1899)

Apart from the fact that the moat (today 30 meters wide and 10 meters deep) was only a few meters wide at that time, it is unclear whether the legend is based on a true event, but it makes for a nice story. In the end Eppelein’s heroic jump did not save him. He got his punishment anyway: In the year 1381 he was captured in the vicinity of the nearby town of Neumarkt and executed with his sword bound on a wheel.

I’m glad that neither I nor my M1X made the trip into the 30ft moat while we were hanging across the wall trying to get the horseshoe imprint and the castle into the picture.

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Wish you a great Friday


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21 thoughts on “Nuremberg Explored (7) – Eppelein horse jump

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  1. What a great story, Marcus — whether it’s true or a bit embellished. Lovely photos too. Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Really unseen photographs of Eppeleins horse shoes at the castle. His story is still fascinating up to nowadays. May I guess, a kind of selfie stick might have supported your pictures?
    Have a nice weekend and Easter holidays as well.

  3. We visited Nuremburg in 1984 with a tour group. We went off wandering by ourselves and really enjoyed the area around the Imperial Castle. Thanks for sharing. Allan

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