Nuremberg: Small town, big history

Trip Start Dec 22, 2010
Trip End Feb 25, 2011

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Flag of Germany  , Bavaria,
Thursday, January 20, 2011

Ok, just want to say one thing....Dresden > Nuremberg...I'm sorry Ben but I'm afraid Lisa wins on this one =P  I must say though, Bavaria ROCKS!  Ein Prosit! =D 

So Nuremberg might not be SO bad but at the same time, it's nothing special...sorta like Nancy I guess.  The city walls and the old town centre I must say are very cool but unlike Strasbourg, the old feel of the town (the timber framed houses etc) is scattered with most of the city showing definite signs of rebuilding.  To be fair though, with 90% of the city destroyed by the allies during world war 2 it makes sense that at the time having a house to live in was more important to the citizens than making it pretty for tourists.  Despite that, the areas of town that WERE rebuilt in the old historic styles are very pretty and include all of the churches and many of the squares around the castle.  The city is definitely full of surprises if you take the time to walk around and explore a little as we found out after a VERY filling meal of all you can eat sushi XD.

Arrived in Nuremberg and I must say, the train station and the giant city wall with tower was quite an impression, the little alleyway and the hostel that we stayed at was not >.<.  Internet was kinda crap too considering that we had to pay for it at least the rooms were spacious and we had some cool room mates...even if they kept me awake till 2:30 in the morning from their snoring =P.

The next day was total sight seeing, first off to the castle and we passed many of the main sights around Nuremberg, the churches, the Hauptmarkt and of course the castle.  One of the largest in Europe, the castle was quite cool with an awesome view over the city.  Unfortunately we decided to pay 6 euros to go into the museum and found out later that the WHOLE exhibit was in German and German only.  Way to spend half an hour having no idea at what we're looking at. Okay, so it's not that bad since most of it was swords and armour and stuff and we did have fun laughing at their ridiculously large guns/canons.  Climbed the Sinwellturm (one of the castle towers) for an awesome view over Nuremberg and that was it for the castle pretty much.  Walked around the city walls which was pretty cool, never seen a city with such well preserved historic walls and they run pretty much ALL around the historic centre.  Could see the moat and walls and everything =D  Went through a lot of the famous churches afterwards and I have to admit, after seeing sooooo many churches in sorta get sensitized to how beautiful some of them are just because there's been so many.  But yeah, the churches in Nuremberg, not shabby at all...quite liked the columns in St Lawrences and the exhibit on the rebuilding on Nuremberg was very cool.

Walked ALL the way to the Documentation Centre after that which in hind sight was not such a good idea haha.  Soooo far but I guess after all the walking we normally do, it wasn't the worst =P.  Got to the place in the end and it really was something.  A museum about the rise of the Third Reich in Germany, the Documentation Centre is inside the half finished structure of the old Nazi Congress Hall and the place is truly massive.  In fact, all the rally areas were immense and you can really see the effect of a ce like that on a person attending one of the rallies.  Grand and exuberating power everywhere, the museum gave a really clear picture of how the general populace of Germany was swayed over so strongly during WW2.  I mean, after watching bits of "Triumph des Willens", a film made in 1934 to promote Hitler and the Nazi rallies, I starting this image, he doesn't seem like such a bad person...even with the knowledge that I have today.  So who could blame them?  Anyways, had a look around the Zeppelin field afterwards before heading back.  I do have to mention though, after so many visits to museums and concentration camps, I was really feeling sick of all the Nazi history in Germany...just because there's so much more, so many better things to see and enjoy in Germany.  By all means, still go to them cos I think it's important to see and understand for yourself...but don't forget to enjoy the awesome things that Germany has to offer too!  For example eating at an awesome Bratwursthaus in the home of bratwurst =D.  Mmmm...grilled sausages, reminded me of BBQ's back home =)  Yee-Ling's boiled sausages and Paul's smoked sausages were surprisingly nice as well!  Delicious!

On the topic of food, sushi buffet of all you can eat in an hour for 9 euros!  Oh goodness that was soooo good and SOOOOO bad at the same time XD  Started strong and finished like 10 plates each in 15 minutes, then the pain started haha.  Had a hilarious incident in deperately trying to obtain the treasured wasabi but we succeeded in the end.  Let's just say that holding up the sushi train when trying to grab things is not a good idea =P.  The worst though was when the new sushi came out JUST in the last 5 minutes before we left so OF COURSE we had to try them right?   Big mistake...>.<  Oh right, so this was the next day before we left for Frankfurt...just to fill us up for the journey, boy did it fill us up.  Walked around town to help things settle haha and found some cool sights of the timber framed houses and a really nice old fashioned square.  Good fun.  Funny incident with our room mate that night trying to save us all from the snoring German...."excuse me mate, excuse me mate...EXCUSE ME MATE!!!"  *spluttering* and *choking* hahahaha

So that's Nuremberg, not a crazy party town or amazing sights but it was still a lot fun.  Cool streets to explore, heaps of history and most importantly, delicious food =D.  Lebkuchen, amazing lollies (fruits and herb!), bratwurst and all you can eat sushi!!  Who can complain =P.  Come for a day trip or so, enjoy the sights, the history and stay for some awesome food.
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saNdra on

woah funky buildings. ALL YOU CAN EAT SUSHI!!!! =]

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