A brief stop in Nuremberg

Trip Start Aug 11, 2009
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Trip End Sep 30, 2010


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Flag of Germany  , Bavaria,
Friday, September 10, 2010

We arrived in Regensburg at 11am, not having slept for about 28 hours. But our train tickets were valid all day, and being backpackers and therefore unable to resist a 'bargain' we popped over to Nuremberg for the afternoon. After lunch, I promptly fell asleep on the train, had a dream about being on a train in an earthquake and woke to find an alarmed Bevan shaking my arm and wondering why I'm not waking up. Staggered off the train in zombie mode and found the tourist office, where I opened my mouth only to hear a sentence come out in Croatian, then English. I shut up and let Bevan do the talking.

Nuremberg's old town is divided by a forking river - making for plenty of pretty bridges and arched buildings. One bridge is now covered over and serves as student dorms - pretty cool student accommodation, although it was historically the residence of the town executioner and is still called hangman's bridge. Maybe not such a desirable address after all.

We wound our way through the maze of town squares and churches to the Nuremberg castle. not a castle in the turrets and towers sense, but the enormous multistory royal palace built into huge stone walls and defensive bastions. One section, the tourist guide informs us, is the 'celestial stables'... maybe a reference to thee nearby stargazers astronomical bastion, or maybe where they keep the royal unicorns?
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