The Romantic Road: Part Zwei

Trip Start Mar 31, 2011
Trip End Jul 05, 2011

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Flag of Germany  , Bavaria,
Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The train from Wurzburg to Nuremberg was really easy-- it took less than an hour and was direct, so we didn't have to try and figure out which stop was ours. The walk from the train station to the hotel was really beautiful. Nuremberg is surrounded by a huge wall, which made finding the hotel really easy because all we had to do was follow the wall. The hotel itself was really neat-- our view was unbelievable! 

  Right outside the opera house! And the room was really clean and cute. Bathrooms were weird though. I have so much trouble figuring out all the different bathrooms. They each seem to have lights in different places, locks that work differently, the toilets all flush in various ways, the toilet paper/hand towels are completely inconsistent, and the showers are impossibly difficult to figure out. The hot/cold water controls are different in virtually every place, and sometimes you have to press buttons every few seconds to get the water to stay on. Bizarre. The toilet in this hotel was painted like a dragon, but I never figured out how to turn the light on so I didn't bother trying to take a picture of it. 

We wandered into the center of town to check out a few fancy churches and a nice square. The light was perfect, so we ran around in a hurry, trying to catch the sights before it got dark. We are still seeing a bunch of Easter stuff, even though Easter is long gone. We climbed up a big hill to check out the castle (the castle theme is replacing the Old Town theme). Every single town seems to have a giant castle, and they are all really different (so far). This castle was made of red brick and seemed much smaller than the ones we've seen in the last few days. It was also completely surrounded by trees, so it was difficult to take a picture of it. The views were incredible though. I got plenty of pictures of the view...
Then we cruised back down the hill to grab some dinner. Nuremberg is famous for little grilled sausages, so we found a restaurant and feasted on sausages, potato salad, and sauerkraut. The restaurant was sooooo busy-- tons of locals and tourists, all eating piles of delicious sausages! It was also located right in the center of town (probably explains the hordes of people) and was right next to a really neat church. The church was closed, so we decided to pop back by in the morning before heading off to Bamberg. We went back to the hotel to get some sleep.
Not very fun fact about Nuremberg: it was the location for a serious of trials against Nazis (called the Nuremberg Trials, how appropriate). If you're interested... 
In the morning, we woke up bright and early to return to the church. The church was being restored, so there was a little bit of scaffolding but it was still beautiful. There were three different sets of organ pipes located in various parts of the church, which probably makes for some excellent concerts. The stained glass was also pretty cool. After the church, we booked it back to the hotel to pick up our bags and hurried to the train station to catch a train to Bamberg! I'll post Bamberg right after Nuremberg, so keep reading if you are interested.  I'm running out of ways to say "goodbye" in German, so bye bye for now!
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Adrienne (Mom) on

Hey, did you get a Bavarian cream dessert after you ate those fabulous sausages? Nice candid shot of your father. Of course I really enjoy your visual tours and insightful comments. And today Jenna joins you. Keep up the wonderful work on your excellent blog....please.

Aaron on

Now you know what its like to consider going to the bathroom an adventure..... like me in the morning. hahaha just kidding... but seriously.

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