Leaving family and new friends in Zeilhard was difficult, to say the least.  After spending nearly a week in Zeilhard, Darmstadt, and Reinheim it was time to move on with our trip, no matter how hard it was going to be.  Following a week of relaxing with family by the pool, being catered to hand and foot, and them spoiling us more than we deserved, we headed to Nuremberg for a quick two-day trip.

We arrived in Nuremberg and headed to our Air B&B that was located directly between the Old Town  Square and the Nazi Party Rally Grounds (a quick 20 minute walk to each place).  Our host was very kind, giving us a map of the city and recommending a couple places to enjoy some traditional German foods and beers.  Having only two days to explore, we set out towards the old town and Kaiserburg (the Imperial Castle of Bavaria).  Nuremberg’s old town was very pretty, surrounded by the old walls and filled with traditional German architecture and many ancient churches.  We wandered our way up the roads leading to the castle and began to explore the high walls and twisting alleyways.  After a long evening stroll, we found our place to eat and sat down for some traditional German food of pork shoulder, fried dumplings with roast and, of course, some sausages.  The restaurant, Barfusser, was also a brewery, so Emily and I drank some fresh brew while Abby enjoyed some wine.  We left the bar and explored a bit more, finding a local spot on the hill across from the Albrecht Durer house.  We sat by a creepy rabbit statue and drank outside, meeting some American’s in Nuremberg for a Clean Energy/Renewal Conference. They joked about staying in Europe forever, afraid that they wouldn’t have jobs on their return to the U.S. After some beers, wine and drinking in the beautiful architecture around us, we headed home to rest up for our next day.

The following day we made plans to head in the opposite direction of the Old Town and go to the Nazi Party Rally Grounds: the headquarters for Hitler’s Party and propaganda speeches.  We first saw the Ehrenhalle, a memorial to German soldiers who passed during WWI, and immediately had chills down our spine as we walked the same path and steps of the most terrorizing man in history.  We continued on, and arrived at the Kongresshall and walked in to check it out. At only $5 a piece, I bought tickets to walk through.  Most of the Nazi architecture in Europe has been demolished, but it is here where one can see the most stunning buildings and style of the party.  Being a history nerd, I was immediately intrigued by the tour. However, I was a bit nervous for Abby and Emily to be entertained because it was mostly audio with pictures while walking through an old building.  After one or two of the audio clips, I told Emily, “Don’t feel like you have to listen to each story or page, this could take all day.”  She immediately replied, with fascinated eyes, “it’s so interesting!!” (She ended up listening to more of the audio than I did).  As you walk your way through the old halls, the final piece of the walk ends with you entering the main section, right in the middle of the Kongresshall, looking like you are standing in a Roman colosseum-like building.  We left Kongresshall and made a short walk to the Zeppelin Field, the podium and arena-style area where Hitler would speak to the common people and host all kinds of events like sports, arts and music.  The area is still used today, mostly for auto racing and sports events.

Being our last night in Nuremberg, we found a bar close to our Air B&B and sat down for some drinks.  The prices were cheap and the barmaid spoke little English.  The German National team was whooping Mexico in the Confederations cup, so the small crowd was entertaining.  After being there for a while, a round of free shots was set down at our table, followed by numerous snacks.  Apparently we had made a good impression trying communicate and have fun with the locals.  It was a great way to end a short trip in Nuremberg.

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