Nurnberg

Trip Start Nov 26, 2010
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Trip End Jan 22, 2011


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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Next morning - breakfast was ok, but not as fantastic as they led us to believe (no toast like promised). We then headed out for the day to visit some museums, and decided while we were walking past it, we'd check out a nearby hotel we looked up online. We went in, asked about the room rates and what breakfast was like - well, they couldn't have been more helpful! They let us check out breakfast as it was still on and they even gave us the key to a room so we could check it out. They also showed us one of their suites - boy was it nice...but a little over the budget. So we decided to move to the initial room they showed us in the hotel - and it was even cheaper than our current hotel! We immediately walked back the 15m to the other hotel, checked out and checked into the other hotel. Everything about the new hotel (Hotel Victoria) was fantastic. It sounds silly but I really miss having a mug or big cup of tea in the morning. No hotel in our entire travels has had anything except piddly little cups that take 3 mouthfuls to finish. Hotel Victoria had nice big cups - it was wonderful! The rest of the breakfast was fantastic as well of course.

Once we'd checked into the new hotel, we went back out to visit the museums. We first visited the Palace of Justice where they held the Nurnberg trials. The court room wasn't being used today so we got to have a look in there. They had also just recently opened up late last year (2010) a museum documenting the trials. They used all kind of media to show what happened before, during and after the trials. The museum is well worth the visit and had great info but be prepared for a lot of reading - and I mean a lot! We were in there for at least 3 hours and we skimmed over huge sections of the museum.

Next museum was the toy museum - and no, its not aimed at just kids! It has toys on display from as far back in history as they could find until the current day. It was surprisingly interesting to see how toys have evolved and how they were used to educate kids in what was expected of their gender (ie girls had kitchens in miniature size that had all the bells and whistles a real kitchen would have). Toys from only 40-50 years ago would not stand up to today's kids though. Today's kids would be bored with them in 5 minutes as they required far more imagination and self entertainment than the instant entertainment and electronic toys of today. A man than spins his head around when you press his back just wouldn't cut it!

We tried to fit in the medieval castle as well but we didn't have enough time left to see the whole castle before it closed (at 4pm). So, seeing as we were all museumed out, we explored the old town. There are still Christmas decorations up (which was nice) but the ground had left over rubbish from new years celebrations (not so nice). The town itself though is nice to walk around with plenty of shops to look at. Its Sunday today though, so no shops are open and very limited food places are open. It's pretty much only crazy tourists and people walking their dogs who are out walking in the freezing cold. Its much colder here in Nurnberg than Switzerland and Austria were.

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