Nazi Germany

Trip Start Apr 01, 2011
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Trip End Apr 27, 2011


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Flag of Germany  , Bavaria,
Wednesday, April 13, 2011

So much to see and so little time!

We woke up bright and early for a full day of sightseeing through the famous town of Nürnberg. Frank had taken the day off of work to show us around. He even went out and bought us fresh bread for breakfast! Such is the kind nature of the Germans we have come to expect so far.

Our first stop was what Andrew liked to call the Colosium.. the old Nazi Congress Hall. Its construction was commissioned by Adolf Hitler.. an assembly for his troops during the second world war. It was never completed.. but it stands as a very large monument to this day. The photos I took do not show the true scale of this place.

We went back into the city centre to see some of the more ancient buildings. Most notably were two churches.. St Lorenzkirche and St Sebalduskirche.. that have been around for more than half a millenia. Both of these churches were bombed (as was much of the city) during WWII. They have since been rebuilt to there original glory.

We continued on to the Hauptmarkt (which stands for main market) and stood outside another church.. Pfarrkirche Unsere Liebe Frau. We were just in time for the bells to ring at noon. Above the church's portal are some mechanical puppets (for want of a better term) that put on a show at this time everyday.. like an elaborate cuckoo clock. It was somewhat amusing.

We made our way up the hill to the old castle.. Kaiserburg. It was difficult to get the whole castle into one photo.. so you will only see dribs and drabs I'm afraid.

First.. we walked through the surrounding castle gardens. There is a rose garden which I could imagine would look stunning in summertime.. when the flowers are in full bloom. Lucky I don't care too much for such things ;D

The castle itself was being renovated when we walked through. There was a castle tour but we chose not to do it. At 1.5 hours.. we had more to see and we were running out of time! There is a great vantage point atop the castle walls though.. overlooking all of Nürnberg. We could see many of the places we had already seen so far.

But the best was yet to come..

We travelled to the Nürnberg court house. This is were the famous Nuremberg Trials took place. For the clueless ones.. this is where all Nazi war criminals were tried and convicted. It was an amazing couple of hours. We sat in seats inside the actual court room and then went upstairs to check out the exhibition. We were given handheld audio devices that work as a personal commentary of what we were seeing. One could spend an entire day listening to it all!

We wrapped up our day at a local brewery. Andrew and I both enjoyed a pilsner before we left to return to Frank's apartment.

And so our time in Nürnberg draws to an end. We went to bed exhausted from a long.. but enlightening day in a historically important city.
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