Monday, 22 September 2014

A Sunday in Nuremberg, Germany

Last week I posted about my Saturday in Germany, which you can read here- 'A Saturday in Nuremberg'

The following Sunday was packed full of German history and culture, and that’s what travelling is all about, right? I love to travel to experience a country in all its glory.

So the Sunday began with an amazing brunch with my boyfriend and his friends. It was a balmy autumn morning and we gladly accepted the Sun’s invitation to sit outside and enjoy his company whilst eating our numerous plates of melon, yoghurt, doughnuts, waffles, meats, cheese- aw I’m torturing myself recalling this to mind. 

Sunday Brunch!
I want to ride my bicycle

After brunch, and a test cycle of a bicycle, my boyfriend and I got the tram to the ‘Documentation Centre of the Nazi Party Rally Grounds’.
We embarked on a tour, with our museum Walkie-Talkies, and were informed, through shorts films, posters and photographs, of Hitler’s rise to power and the dynasty that he created right on the spot where we stood.
I studied Nazi Germany at school, but nothing could prepare me for the feelings and the atmosphere that I felt knowing that the “megalomania of the National Socialist regime” all took place here in the 30's and created a history that would haunt the world for decades after.
Nuremberg was used as the ‘rally grounds’ where Hitler built numerous buildings of pristine architectural quality as a focal point where he would demonstrate, with intimidating velocity and magnetism, the power of his regime. Years later, Nuremberg would get her reprisals through being the host for the "Nuremberg Trials" of the main perpetrators of Nazi crimes in 1945/46 and the twelve follow-up trials that would impact on International Law. 


On the tour with my hi-tech tour guide






The "Kongresshalle"

At the end of the exhibition, there is a Jewish memorial with millions of cards scattered on railway tracks. Each card has the name of one person, and represents six more Jews that were killed during the reign of Nazism. The railway track represents all the trains that made the one-way journey for Jews heading for the concentrations camps.



The harsh reality of the tour reduced my boyfriend and I, into a state of poignancy and the utmost sympathy. But luckily, just as we exited the Documentation Centre we were right on the path that led us into the Volksfest, which means "peoples' festival" in German.
Our spirits were suddenly uplifted upon seeing the huge Beer tents, waiters dressed in traditional Lederhosen, multiple international food stalls, amusements, games and more than I could take in.













Ironically, after the Haunted 'fun house' tour, which I laughed at throughout (out of nerves- you would be nervous too if a guy came after you with a chainsaw at full speed and smelling of petrol), we started to make our way back home as there was a thunderstorm fast approaching.

I thoroughly enjoyed my Sunday in Nuremberg.

Keep an eye out for my third instalment of my German trilogy.

For more info on the 'Documentation Centre' check out their website-  http://www.museums.nuremberg.de/

Thank you for reading.