When we first arrived by bus, we saw the icons of Nuremberg’s dark history from the time of the Holy Roman Empire to the atrocities of the Third Reich. We drove through the Dokumentationzentrum Reichsparteitagsgelända, a large unfinished complex commissioned by Hitler for National Party gatherings. The facility made for a very humbling experience. I have photos on my D 750, but honestly, the structure does not need promoting. It is stark, heavy and monumental.
Below, you see old Nuremberg surrounded by the historic city walls and mote, built between the 12th and 16th centuries. The medieval town comes to life in the midst of bustling modern city.
We grove past the oldest Jewish cemetery in the area that was untouched by WWII, shown at the opening of the post. What I never envisioned was the beauty in this town. The people of the town are very proud and caring of Nuremberg, yet very conscious of the dark history.
After arriving in the town center, a few of us stopped at a very cute restaurant for Nuremberg sausages, sauerkraut, potato salad, and potato soup. It was a delightful sampling of authentic Nuremberg cuisine. I have to say, I am all strudeled out having it at so many meals, but the bakery shops in every town beckoned me to visit. We later shopped the Nuremberg Hauptmarkt, the site of the town’s annual Christkindlesmarkt.
After lunch, four of us visited the medieval Kaiserburg, or Imperial Castle. The round tower of the castle dates from the 12th century. I was really impressed by the residential buildings of half-timbered houses inside the castle grounds, shown in the gallery above. You must admit the cathedrals are awe inspiring too.
Schöner Brunnen, the 14th-century replica water feature which translates to ‘beautiful fountain’ was covered for construction, but we did see the St Lawrence Church, rebuilt after World War II.
We had a few cloudy gray days here in Germany which seems rather appropriate for the luck we had been having on the river boat.
I would love to report smooth sailing, but sadly we faced sore butts since leaving by bus on Wednesday. So far, we spent more than 24 hours riding busses.
Internet has been pitiful on this trip too. First the boat, now in Frankfurt!!!! They expect us to PAY big bucks for an Internet connection in the InterContinental Frankfurt. Free WIFI is limited to first getting a constantly changing password and looooong user name, and they only last a couple of hours in the LOBBY. None of us wants to sit in a busy hotel lobby, so I doubt you will hear from me until Amsterdam if I am lucky to have it there. Anyway… we have been seeing some wonderful places. More on that in a few days. Hope all is well in the States. No news here on anything happening there. Happy trails to all of you.