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18 October 2013

Our Last Trip to Nuremberg (I think)

We no longer have a car, so we got to ride the train into Nürnberg.
First Stop:  DB Museum ... or the Train Museum
(adults 5 Euro, children (age 6-17) 2,50 Euro)


The kids watching a HUGE train exhibit.


Upstairs in the museum is the kids zone.  I am not exaggerating when I
say it is awesome!  The kids had a blast playing around in all the different areas.  Above is a miniature train that they got to ride around the track, going through tunnels, criss crossing tracks and everything.


King Ludwig II's decked out royal coach


I spy my little Paige

Second Stop: Some of the Nazi Sites
We didn't have time to visit the Nazi Documentation Center (Dokumentationszentrum) which is suppose to be really really good but at least 2 hours long, but we got to walk around to the other sites.

This whole area, 4 square miles, is considered the Rally Grounds (Reichsparteitagesgelände) for Hitler.


Above is the insides of the Congress Hall (Kongresshalle) and below is what it looks like on the outside.  The plan was to have a roof and skylights but was never completed.  This place is HUGE!




Above is the Great Road (Grosse Strasse) - it is 200 fett wide, big enough that the Allies used it as a runway after the war. 
Below is a view of the Congress Hall across the Silbersee lake (which is actually a hole that was dug for a stadium foundation that was never built)



A picture of one of the towers on the outside of the Seppelin Field (Zeppelinwiese) that was used for the rallies.


More pictures of the Zeppelin Field and the grandstand or platform.  

This was a very solemn place, you have to be really careful about what you are talking about and how you are acting.  You don't want to be 'silly' here or do any sort of Nazi gesture ... it is illegal and you could get arrested.  So just be careful.




Above is looking out from the platform over the grounds below.  Huge, huh?



Yet another view of the Congress Hall from across the lake.  This time you can see more of the red brick instead of the white marble, and you get a better idea of how unfinished it is and what it could have been.  

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