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Day 9: Nurenberg, Germany

All along the watchtower, princes kept the view, while women came and went, barefoot servants too...lyrics from the song "All along the watchtower...by the Jimmy Hendrix Experience

semi-overcast 18 °C

Overview of day: Today was our transition day, the day that we switched places with fellow passengers on the Viking Vidar. This meant that all of our luggage had to be out of our stateroom by 8:00 am and we likewise had to get off the ship by 8:30 am as well. We boarded the buses and headed off to Nurenberg for a brief visit before joining the crew on the Viking Vidar after a three-hour ride to Passau, Germany.

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One could spend weeks studying the WWII aspects of the city as this was a center of propaganda and where the famed Nurenberg trials took place for Nazi war criminals. Here they were tried, and many hanged for their crimes against humanity. With respect to this aspect of the visit, we simply did a drive by of the Nazi Party Rally Grounds (yes it was foggy) where mass rallies took place as well as the Palace of Justice where the war criminals were prosecuted. This tour was like speed dating!

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Our next stop was the Imperial Castle of Nuremberg. This 14th century castle is nestled atop a sandstone ridge and surrounded by a formattable wall with many gates and watchtowers.

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After passing through a series of uphill tunnels and gates, we came to a plateau that overlooked the city.

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We proceeded through another gate coming into a courtyard with the Heathens' Tower, Imperial Chapel, and the Deep Well.

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After a brief explanation of the various buildings, the tour continued down towards the town but not before gaining a broader perspective of the castle grounds.

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Views from along the way to the 14th century Schoner Brunnen or "beautiful fountain" next to the town hall.

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Sadly, we had very little time to do an in depth exploration. We took a walk thru town and took some photos of the sights within the older part of Nurenberg.

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We ended our brief visit to Nurenberg with a freshly baked pretzel before heading off to Passau where our new accommodations awaited us!

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Posted by Argenti Travel 09:53 Archived in Germany

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