Nuremberg

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Germany has been a real treat to visit…quaint midevial towns, colorful houses and massive castles with fortification walls, and experience the German hospitality. Now we are in Nuremberg bracing for a lot of history…Hitler…Nazi…WWII…a pre-history to what we will see as we journey through Germany and Eastern Europe. Nurnberg (German spelling) is the perfect city to start WWII history in, this is where Hitler started building his vision of terror. Then we are progressing to Dresden, Berlin and to Poland…pretty much following the story of Hitler’s rise & fall.

We got lucky getting a hotel right in the preferred Old Town Nuremberg because apparently all the hotels were booked by AC/DC  fans. The band was here to kick off Rock or Bust Tour 3015 and had sold over 75,000 tickets for that ONE night. We got a tiny room for the first night then moved to a bigger room once fans left town. We were told the room had only a, “french bed, did we mind?” ….oui s’il vous plaît nous le voulons, je vous remercie. We had no idea what that would be, ha! But with being the only rooms in old town…well, actually turned out to be not bad at all, a bit bigger than a double size mattress. PLUS…Provided lots of fun discussion on our train journey, as to what to expect. BTW, most of those fan-taken hotel rooms were never slept in since AC/DC fans are totally WILD (groups of not so young guys, smile, I noticed)…making our cozy little rooms with the Oo-la-la beds seem even more perfect 😘” /> (Below) Our Hotel: Hotel Victoria, right next to the wall leading to Train Station, so convenient. It was at the beginning of Old Town square but away from the congestion of people walking the narrower streets. Also here is a photo of the “French Bed.”

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Nuremberg Castle

Nuremberg Castle

Panorama from castle wall over Nuremberg

Panorama from castle wall over Nuremberg

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Above photo: this is the view over the wall at the castle…that old building (red roof) is now a youth hostel for travelers? It is a really nice set up for them, I guess you could call it “royal accommodations.”

Below photo: Sebalduskirche (St. Sebald Church)  Nuremberg’s oldest city parish church was built around 1215 as a three-aisled Late Romanesque pillared basilica. As early as 1309 the original side aisles were widened and altered in the Gothic style. Destroyed during WWII, like most of the city, it was rebuilt in 1957.

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Underground Nuremberg…

Underground tour of areas local brewery stored beer then during WWII the underground tunnel system was used for protection during air raids.

Underground tour of local underground brewery that made & stored beer there. During WWII the underground tunnel system was used for protection during air raids.

Funny story…the Underground Tour guide pointed-out a pipe that led from above ground. It was used as a slide for gherkins…a tube leading the gherkins into a big salt brine bath…anyway, it seems not “everyone” knows what gherkins are..guess it isn’t a common man word…their speculation led to one of those inappropriate (can’t stop!) laughing (with tears) for me & my SIL. Remember high school days when that happened in church or at a funeral!? I’m blaming it on jet lag. (See end of post for what could have been sent down the tube into the vat, causing us to be “ugly Americans”)

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Bottles of beer brandy made and stored in underground rooms.

Documentation Center Tour…

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The Documentation Center, covering 13,000 square metres, houses the permanent exhibition “Fascination and Terror,” which looks at the causes, the context and the consequences of the National Socialist regime of terror. Its emphasis is on the history of the party rallies, gigantic mass events used by Nazi propaganda for a stage production of the “Volksgemeinschaft”, the people’s community.

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Above & Below Photos: The last part of our self-audiophone tour was to venture outside onto a steel and glass perch, which extends over the massive rally area… the whole experience inside culminates here. This rally arena was designed for at least 50,000 people to gathered together to follow this mad man.image

 

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