2/23/15

Nürnberg visit...

We arrived in Nürnberg on Friday for a 3 day stint to study and see the city. We kept busy seeing museums, walking through the city, and were exhausted by the end of our 3 days. Many things we did not get to see as this is at least a 5 day minimum visit type of town. At least if one wants to see more of the highlights from the museums and attractions. I guess I'll just have to go back...

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There is a rich culture and history in this most German of German cities. The head of the Holy Roman Empire which marked the 1st Reich includes the Kaiserburg...

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...and Die Goldene Bulle...

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The centuries of the Holy Roman Empire certainly allowed time for building churches in Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, and even some neo- versions.

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There is no shortage of artifacts to view in museums that represent the city's rich historical and cultural contributions.

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Albrecht Dürer being the most famous of the local artists. The city is right to take a proud claim of Dürer and his works. A bronze public sculpture near his home and his workshop just below the Kaiserburg overlooking the city filled one of our afternoons as we toured the museum...

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Walking around for many hours, standing and viewing things in museums can lead to a nice Jause in the late afternoon...

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We stayed near the opera house...

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I enjoyed the city at night. The Hauptmarktplatz which is full during the day with the open air market , was peaceful in the evening...

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The restaurant Heilig-Geist-Spital zu Nürnberg lured me there for 2 meals...

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Medieval caverns (that were also used as bomb shelters during WWII) were developed up to 60 meters below the surface for the making of beer...

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The double triangle was used to mark the profession of brewers...

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Of course, we were there in part to study The Third Reich. We spent many hours doing that. Here's the view from the Reichsparteitags Rally Fields where the Führer stood to address those that had gathered...

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We visited the museum and court house where the Nürnberg Trials took place following the end of WWII. This is where those accused of war crimes were seated during the trials...

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And for me, a poignant ending to our 3 day visit on Sunday when I captured this picture..

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Christians, Jews, Muslims: In God's Name shall not kill other!

Considering the history of the city having been home base for the Holy Roman Empire for centuries, as well as the home base for the The Third Reich party rallies, the plea that the banner makes certainly has not been upheld in the past, or the current history. The 90 year old man walking below the sign in his hometown gives a high probability that he was alive during the The Third Reich and for me, added poignancy to the banner's plea.

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