SCENIC DRIVE & GOOD FOOD
Favorite thing: Our last stop was at Bad Wimpfen. Now, it was time to head along the A6/ E50 to Nuremberg. This highway was quite busy! Lucky I was the passenger and was able to enjoy the views of hillsides covered in vineyards. Further on, there were crops in the paddock's and large Farms with barns.
Along this highway, there were stops for travelers to pull off and have a rest and use the Toilet.
We didn't stop at one of these, but one which had a Restaurant. We weren't that hungry, so just had a light meal and coffee. Good service, good food, clean Toilets, all we needed to continue our onward journey!
For more and location: http://www.rasthausfeucht.de/anfahrt.php?lang=de
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History of Nürnberg
Favorite thing: The city was first mentioned in 1050 with the recording of a freed serf by the name of Sigena and received a charter in 1219, by the end of the 13th century Nürnberg was made a free imperial city. During the late 15th and early 16th century the city became one of the great trade centres on the route from Italy to Northern Europe. In 1806 Nürnberg became part of Bavaria.
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Nuremberg In Your Pocket: highly recommended!
Favorite thing: I have HORSCHECK to thank for introducing me to the 'In Your Pocket' series of tour guides, which we first had the opportunity to 'road test' in Tallinn (when the hotel we stayed in provided a copy of Tallinn In Your Pocket in each room).
For my money, it's a much more useful travel guide than the Lonely Planet or Rough Guides that we tend to use when we travel. In many ways, it's an unfair comparison, as the 'In Your Pocket' series focus on a single city, and are updated every couple of months, so, as you would expect, it is more current - particularly on events - and can provide information on a wider range of attractions than a regional guide which is only updated every couple of years. Also, you do have to have identified the city (rather than just the country) that you want to visit before the In Your Pocket guides come into their own, so I would suggest using a conventional tour guide for your initial planning and then supplementing this with the more local insight these publications offer.
For me, the strength of this guide is that it is written by English-speaking writers who are resident in the city. This means that the descriptions are livelier than often awkwardly phrased tourist material which is clearly translated from another language. I also thought that the mix of attractions and events listed was varied and would appeal to a range of interests and ages.
At present, the In Your Pocket series tends to focus on cities in Central and Eastern Europe, although new titles are continually being added.
For the Nuremberg (note the English spelling) guide, follow this link: http://www.inyourpocket.com/germany/nuremberg
Small but beautiful Pegnitz River
Favorite thing: Nuremberg is situated on the Pegnitz River and the Rhine–Main–Danube Canal.
The Pegnitz is a small river in Franconia in the German federal state of Bavaria. The Pegnitz meets the Rednitz northwest of Fürth. From that point on the river is called Regnitz.
From the bridges over the Pegnitz in Nuremberg, particularly the Maxbrücke, the Weinstadel Bridge and the Henkersteg, you will find very fine views of the Old Town.
You can watch my high resolution photo of Nuremberg on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 49˚ 27' 14.99" N˚ 11° 4' 14.83" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Pegnitz.
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Why in Nuremberg?
Favorite thing: Nuremberg (Nürnberg) is Franconia's largest city.
Nuremberg was probably founded around the turn of the 11th century, according to the first documentary mention of the city in 1050, as the location of an Imperial castle.
Nuremberg is often referred to as having been the 'unofficial capital' of the Holy Roman Empire, particularly because Reichstage (Imperial Diets) and courts met at Nuremberg Castle.
Nuremberg held great significance during the Nazi Germany era. Because of the city's relevance to the Holy Roman Empire and its position in the centre of Germany, the Nazi Party chose the city to be the site of huge Nazi Party conventions — the Nuremberg rallies. The rallies were held annually from 1927 to 1938 in Nuremberg.
Between 1945 and 1946 German officials involved war crimes were brought before an international tribunal in the Nuremberg Trials though the Soviet Union had wanted these trials to take place in Berlin.
You can watch my high resolution photo of Nuremberg on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 49° 25' 47.04" N 11° 6' 40.36" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Altstadt aerial view .
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„Medieval Nuremberg”? Consequences of World War II
Favorite thing: (Ignore the headline please)
Until World War II Nürnberg was the best-preserved medieval city in Germany and considered the most “German” place of all, which was why the Nazis selected it as location of their party rallies. The romantic idea of the “Master Singers” like in Wagner’s opera and the memories of a proud past as one of the wealthiest free imperial cities in the Holy Roman Empire added theirs.
However, do not expect to see that much medieval architecture in Nürnberg’s old town. A model in Fembohaus museum shows what it looked like at the end of the war: 80% were smashed to ashes and rubble. Being an industrial centre and train hub made Nürnberg a target, being the symbolic centre of Nazi propaganda made it a top priority target for allied bombers.
The castle and city walls survived the air raids with not too severe damage. However, most of the centre had to be rebuilt from scratch. Post-war city planners in Nürnberg followed an extremely conservative approach which was not applauded by everyone. All streets and outlines of the houses were copied. Few important buildings have been reconstructed, though. The majority of the houses in the old town are post-war buildings that somehow pretend to be, but aren’t, like the pre-war appearance. A closer look reveals the uniform faceless 1950s facades with maybe the copy of a medieval Madonna or a renaissance oriel attached to it.
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Helpful Links for Research on Nuremberg
Favorite thing: This is the official website of the city of Nuremberg. General info on the city, spots of tourist's interest, guided tours, what's on, etc. Also in Englisch.
For those who know German. This is the online newspaper of Nuremberg:
Website of the Nuremberg fair:
Sebaldkirche: a monument to peace
Fondest memory: Sebaldkirche houses a series of black and white photos taken after the WWII bombing. The title of this permanent exhibition is Sebaldkirche: ein Denkmal für den Frieden ("Sebald church: a monument to peace"). If you understand German, you can also read some facts and thoughts under the photos.
INTERNATIONAL TOY FAIR- NUREMBERG
Favorite thing: Nuremberg toy fair (Numberger Spielwarenmesse) is held every year in the month of February. It is rated as the biggest toy fair in the world. More than 2500 toy manufacturers from all over the world exhibit their best toys during the fair. The lay out of toy fair have been improved in 2007. As per this lay out technical side is on the east, traditional toys in the south, micellaneous items on the west and games section on the north.
!n 2008, the fair shall commence on 7 Febrary and shall last till 12 February.
The entry ticket costs Euro 20/- per person for one day. With a Euro 45/- ticket, you can visit the fair on all days. Advance booking costs slightly less.
Don't miss the Nuremberg Toy Fair if you are in or around Nuremberg during this period.
Children wiil be delighted to go for the fair. Chinese toys are cheaper compared to others and may suit most of the peoples budget.
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Favorite thing: Nuremberg is home to unnumerable festivals throughout the year, perhaps the Altstadtfest one of the best known. Held for 10 days in September since 1971, it is Germany's largest folklore event in Germany with over 1 million visitors. Featured are all varieties of muscial concerts including folk, jazz, pop, and rock. The fischerstechen, a jousting competition on the river, and fireworks displays round out the offerings. Plays by Nuremberg native Hans Sachs are featured. Overall there are at least 60 events over 10 days, allegedly with more than 800 participants.
Hans Sachs ( 1492 - 1576 ) was a famed singer and playwright best noted for his comedies created especially for festivals. By trade he was a shoemaker living on the square carrying his name. He was also an early convert to Protestant faith. The festival is, at least in part, an annual tribute.
The Hans Sachs Platz and neighboring Schutt Island in the Pegnitz are filled with surprisingly substantive restaurants and beer halls with long communal outdoor tables and some inside dining. The restaurants facades feature assorted autumn-like scenes over their entrances. And they are all mobbed.
After walking throughout, we could not find two outdoor seats and ended up having to eat inside at one of the few places with any vacant seats at all. We ate at Sissy's on the Insel Schutt - spicy Nuremberger Bratwursts and the best tastiest sauerkraut ever, washed down with Erdinger beer. For dessert, we joined a long queue for individually made crepes at a walk up stand and sat on benches overlooking one fork of the river. From what we overheard, we may have been the only non-German speaking people at this remarkable gathering - an unanticipated great experience far off the typical tourist path. Held in the weeks preceding Munich's renowned Oktoberfest, this precursor event seemed far more cultured and presumably far less drunken than its more famous competitor.
Hauptpostamt - greet those at home!
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Der Nürnberger Trichter
Favorite thing: The "funnel" of Nuremberg is said quickly to make people wise.
"Der Nürnberger Trichter, sicher und schnell macht er die Köpfe hell."
In der Stadtbibliothek Nürnberg befindet sich wohl die älteste Darstellung des Nürnberger Trichters. Auf einem Kupferstich aus dem 17. Jahrhundert sind drei Männer abgebildet, die einem auf dem Boden Liegenden die gesamte Weisheit mit einem großen Trichter eingießen. Man kann auf diesem Kupferstich alle möglichen Gegenstände erkennen, die in diesen Trichter hineingeschüttet wurden. Das Bild trägt die Überschrift: »Seht liebe Leut hie steht der Mann, so alle Kunst eingießen kann.«
Eduard Duller erzählt in den 1834 erschienenen »Geschichten und Märchen für jung und alt«, dass der Schneidersohn Hans Wurst von Tripsdrill nach Nürnberg wanderte, um dort den überall so begehrten Wundertrichter zu suchen. Angeblich wäre er in den Werkstätten der Rußigen, wie die Nürnberger Feuerarbeiter genannt wurden, geschmiedet worden. In der Werkstatt des Altmeisters der Rußigen erfuhr er aber von einem Feuersalamander, dass der Himmelskundige des Königs von Utopien vor zwanzig Jahren den Trichter erworben habe. Hans Wurst wanderte also unverdrossen weiter zum Schloss des Königs von Utopien. Dort sah er zwar den geheimnisvollen Trichter, bekam ihn aber nicht, sondern wurde zu seinem Entsetzen in ein Gefängnis geworfen. Nach seiner Flucht traf er den Zwerg des Hörselberges. Der erzählte ihm freimütig viele wunderliche Dinge. So hatte er am Schluss seiner Wanderung zwar nicht den begehrten Nürnberger Trichter erworben, den er nun gar nicht mehr wollte, aber er hatte viel erfahren und war dadurch klüger geworden, so dass er den Nürnberger Trichter gar nicht mehr brauchte.
December in Nurnberg
Favorite thing: Christmas time at the Christkrindle Mart where I had my first taste of Lebkucken cookies. Oh, wonder of wonders!
Fondest memory: Do not drink the water. I got pregnant twice there (from H20 of course) then moved to Frankfurt/Unterliederbach and got pg. again. When I left in 1961 with one 5 yr. old son I brought from Mass. and 3 babies born in Germany, I went back to the States and never was pg. again.
Favorite thing: Tourist Office
- Tfno: +49 (0) 9 11/2 33 61 24 or 2 33 61 34
- Fax: +49 (0) 9 11/2 33 61 66
- www.nuernberg.de (deutsch and english)
- E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Favorite thing: If you are interested in what happened in Nuremberg between 1920 and 1946 you must visit the "Doku-Zentrum".
At this very interesting museum, you will get an impresive lesson of history and you won't be dissapointed.
The museum's aim is to show people what happened in the City during those years (and indeed it happened here really very much!). As the german dictator loved this city, 3 times made here the "year-meeting" of his party. And all this is here very well documented, on original places (the building itself has been made by them, too).
At any case, the history of this meetings would be much to incomplete if they wouldn't expalin what happened somewhere else in Germany and Europe at the time. And so, this museum turns to be one of the most impressives I have ever seen, about nazis and its party, the NSDAP
As I said before: If you are interested in this part of the history you must visit it. And if you wonder how could happen, what happened, it is impossible to understand, but you will get a lesson in mindskind psychology.
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