Travelled : 61 kilometres from Bamberg to Nuremberg, Bavaria.
Visited : Nuremberg, The Kaiserburg Fortress and Museum €14 double and the Memorium Nuremberg Trials €10 double. Documention Centre Reichsparteitagsgelande €10 double.
Stayed : Volkspark Marienberg Stellplatz. Free, toilet and bin nearby. N49.47582 E11.09387
After spending most of the day in Bamberg we decide to move on, avoiding the €12 overnight fee. Its only about a 45 minute drive on the autobahn to Nuremberg. The fact it’s not raining for a change, makes the trip all the better. Nuremberg has no motorhome parking or stellplatz close to the centrum but we have the coordinates for a free parking area north of the city. As it turns out, about 15 minutes on a #46 bus to the altstadt.
There are several other motorhomes already parked in the designated area when we join them. There is a comprehensive set of rules listed on the message board and information of the correct bus to the city. The stellplatz backs onto a huge park with walking and cycle paths in all directions as well as various sporting fields. The Germans do good parks, there are people with dogs everywhere and lots of parents pushing strollers.
Safely in the parking area adjacent the Volkspark. The facilities through Germany have been very good. A tap with free water would have been nice but this was free and most stellplatz in Germany are not. Off the #46 bus at the Rathaus we find the Tourist Information Office at the Haupt-Markt, get a map and some information on the how to get to the Palace of Justice. There is a food and novelty market on this month in the Haupt-Markt so we have a wander the stalls before visiting the Frauenkirche (Church of our Lady) pictured here in the background. The Frauenkirche is only a small church. However it was warm and inviting. The morning sun through the stained glass just added to the beauty. There were several interesting pieces of artwork, mostly based on the last minutes of the martyrs. We get the feeling this is a common theme in German churches. Just a random street photo, but very typical of the Nuremberg altstadt. Lots of half timber building with the odd stone buildings here and there. Walking up the hill from the altstadt toward the Kaiserburg fortress. Building commenced during the 12th century, but works continued for another 400 years. Can only presume the local planning authority were being difficult. The Chapel within the Kaiserburg. The whole structure was essentially in two parts, the Emperor’s Palace and the City Fortress. This chapel obviously set within the palace. The documentation defines its as ‘Romanesque Doppelkapelle’. May have to Google that one ! Found this fresco lined doorway intriguing. The great hall was severely damaged during an air raid, so we presume the rest of the wall was lost. There is a very modern interactive learning centre within the Kaiserburg. You could sit down (we needed a rest in any case), select your language and go through the history of the Bavarian Kings. Love this heater as well. Apparently imported from Italy, covered with the most ornate heavy green ceramic tiles. We saw a couple of similar heaters in the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul last year. May have been in the Ikea catalogue in the 17th century. What would a Palace Museum be without rooms full of armour and weapons. I asked Pam to stand by the cabinet to give some perspective to size of the rifles. Pam enjoying this wonderful old spiral staircase to the top of the tower. Makes an interesting photo. From the Sinwell Tower looking across the city. The tower also has a photo gallery of city views taken from the tower in 1945. Remarkably the Sinwell Tower survived the air raid that laid waste to much of the city. A photo of a photo taken in 1945. Shows the same view of the city as my previous photo. A bit of Nuremberg street art. It was a very odd and scary looking hare. We catch the U1 (underground) to Barenschanze. Its a short walk to the Memorium Nuremberg Prozesse. Just our luck, courtroom 600 is in use today so we have to settle for the museum only. It was in this courtroom that the major trials of the Nazi hierarachy occurred. Another random photo, the River Pegnitz from the Konigstr Bridge. Just a short walk from the Haupt-Markt, in Nuremberg. More Nuremberg street art. As if the scary hare wasn’t bad enough, you’ll love this boat load.
Late in the afternoon we get back to the Hymer. We want to visit the site of the Nuremberg Rallies during the 1930’s, but its on the other side of the city. So we pack up and drive around to another dedicated motorhome parking area in the Volkspark Dutzebdteich. It only takes about 20 minutes and we settle in amongst another couple of motorhomes.
The Documentation Centre Reichsparteitagsgelande. We have no idea how you could possible pronounce that last word. In front of Hilter’s partially built colosseum stands the Documentation Centre. More often than not, it seems that anything associated with Hitler/National Socialism is not housed in a museum but a documentation centre. Like a method of acknowledging it happened, but that’s not Germany anymore. The documentation centre, is very interactive lots of video and audio. It’s mostly focused on Nuremberg’s role as the venue for National Socialist Party Rallies. Hilter’s unfinished congress hall built in the style of the colosseum. On the outside it looks magnificent, rendered in stone. But its just a shell, perhaps reflecting its builder. The Grobe Stabe. The grand avenue that divides the Reichsparteitagsgelande. This is where the SA and SS marched along to salute Hitler. Still there after 70 years, smooth and pot hole free. Wide as an 8 lane highway, two kilometres long.
Despite all the NS history, we found Nuremburg a wonderful place to visit. Free overnight parking and excellent public transport.
Michael and Pam