Nürnberg

Nürnberg or Nuremberg, in the German state of Bavaria is best known for the post WW2 trials. This city had also been the location of Nazi party rallies and laws stripping Jews of their citizenship were passed here. There was symbolic value in making it the place of Nazi demise. If you have visited Dachau or any other CC, this is where you get your closure. This stop, I believe, is a must for every student for the simple reason that Nuremberg is home to the Doku Zentrum (Documentation Center) – the former Nazi Party rally ground. Apart from the famous courtroom #600, the town offers a fort (which makes for a pleasant morning hike and breakfast spot), the house of Abrecht Dürer, and a toy museum.

Getting There:

  • Nürnberg Hbf – The central station is located just off Bahnhofstraße (A&O Nürnberg Hbf) and easily connects to Königstraße, Allerbergerstraße (Novotel), and Frauentormauer (Five Reasons Hostel). Grab a map before you exit or look up the directions to your hostel using the station WiFi.
  • Nürnberg ZOB – If you are arriving by MegaBus, MeinFernBus or Flixbus, this is where you’ll get off. Look for a bright yellow neon sign POST on an ancient building. The ZOB, Bahnhofstraße is just around the corner from the post office.

That said, I definitely recommend Megabus. Have a look at my post about planning a holiday here. MeinFernbus (merged with FlixBus) is way more expensive. My ticket from Munich to Nürnberg cost me just £1,20 and the WiFi in the bus actually worked!

Hostel Review:

I stayed at The Five Reasons Hostel on Frauentormauer. This place holds a 9.2 rating on HostelWorld and I thoroughly endorse it! The location is perfect, the staff is super friendly, the kitchen is squeaky clean and well equipped, there’s a garden in the back, the rooms are spacious with large windows, and don’t even get me started on the bathrooms ♥ It’s the complete luxury experience for a minuscule fraction of the cost. They actually have paintings and rugs in the bathrooms. Can you beat that? Also, the reception is equipped with iPads for your ease of access GoogleMaps, tours, etc. They also have a Polaroid Wall in the foyer that you can contribute to by sending them pictures of your stay.

Transport:

You can pick from the regular options – UBahn, SBahn, buses, and trams. For the most part, the town is accessible on foot. It’s really not that big. The only time you’d need to take the tram is to reach the Doku Zentrum. But more about that in my next post!

Attractions:

  1. Nuremberg Fort : At the far end of the town – way past the local market, museums, and churches – this is a short hike. You can drive up to the base. There is parking available. There isn’t much to see on the fort. It’s basically a ruin. But it’s a great place for a picnic, or a photoshoot. The top of the fort offers a beautiful panoramic view of the town.

2. Germanisches Nationalmuseum : Founded in 1852, it is home to a large collection of items relating to German culture and art.

3. House of Albert Dürer : This was the workshop of Albert Dürer, who was a Renaissance artist.

4. Neues Museum : This is the museum of modern and contemporary art.

5. Nürnberg Toy Museum : Founded in 1971, it is considered one of the most well known toy museums in the world. It is also called the Lydia Bayer Museum.

6. Doku Zentrum : What was earlier the rally ground of Nazi Party, is now a fantastic museum that chronicles the rise and fall of Nazi Germany. It is also, I believe, the only standing structure of that period associated with the Nazi rule.

Next Up: Nürnberg Attractions


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München

When I landed in Munich, I was thoroughly exhausted and almost about to pass out in the airport lobby. I had flown three times in one single day : Bangalore – Mumbai, Mumbai – Paris, and finally Paris – Munich. Phew! I had nearly missed that last connection so my relief on having reached Deutschland was unmatched.

Munich Airport

Flughafen München is the international airport of Munich. I didn’t have to go through immigration because my point of entry into the Schengen Zone was Paris (CDG/Roissy Airport). My passport already stamped and tucked inside my bag, I was ready to embrace Germany – my ultimate love. The terminal I got off at resembled a lowly bus station. The carousels indicators didn’t display flight information and a lot of bags were just lying in a heap on the floor. Thankfully, the WiFi was good. I signed in, while I waited for my bags to arrive, and sent out my “I reached and I am OK” texts to my family. When you get out of the baggage claim area, look out for S-Bahn signs in green. They will take you underground to the train terminus. The Fahrkarten (tickets) can be purchased from the self-help kiosks. Don’t worry if you don’t speak German. They let you choose from 4 or 5 languages and English is one of them 🙂

To reach Meininger Munich, where I was staying, I had to get off at Hackerbrücke Straße. This is also the Busbahnhof and just a stop before the Hauptbahnhof. Don’t worry if you don’t have a map of the train line. All trains have a printed map just above the doors. I recommend keeping a screenshot of Google Maps on your phone / tab before you arrive in the city. Once you have reached your hostel, you can pick up a local map. The U-Bahn in Munich is pretty straightforward. You can also find the map in Google Images.

Hostel Review

I stayed at Meininger Munich which is absolutely fantastic during winter, but definitely not during the summer for the simple reason that it turns into a furnace.
Pros: Linen included, WiFi access, 24 hour reception, Walking Tours and Travel Desk, laundry room, Breakfast (charged separately)
Cons: The windows don’t open. If you are visiting during a heat wave, you will literally melt without air conditioning.

The Meininger chain is pretty famous all over Germany and Austria. I had the most amazing stay at the Meininger near Frankfurt Airport. The City Center hostel has a tiny kitchen and an outdoor terrace. It is centrally located. The bus terminus (for MegaBus, FlixBus, and MeinFernBus) is a short walk away and just next to the U-Bahn line. The München Hauptbahnhof and the city center are further down the road from the hostel. The Augustiner Brauhaus famous for its draft beer is right opposite the hostel. There is also a small bar and restaurant as an extension to the hostel.

I am covering Munich this weekend. Also included are day trips to Dachau and Füssen (Schloss Neuschwanstein). Keep watching this space for more.

Up Next: Munich in a day.

Nuremberg Fort

I just didn’t have the energy to go up to the fort yesterday afternoon. So I decided to have breakfast there today. I am in love with this hostel! The rooms are spacious and they have big windows that actually open! Also my roommates are super nice.

The fort is say maybe a 20 min walk + climb from Frauentormauer. It was nice and windy all the way up. Not a lot of people on the streets. The Hauptmarkt was just setting up.

There are some nice gardens on the top that are open only on specific days. But this view is perfect for a little picnic. I got some lovely strawberries on the way back. I admit it – I have a thing for them. I am going to pack my stuff in a bit and head to the Documentation Center. I leave for Dresden in the afternoon.

Nuremberg.

hello! I moved to Nuremberg this morning. I had a nice paced out start to my day because the Munich ZOB is just 400m from Meininger City Hostel. It is right next to Hackerbruecke train station. You have to enter the mall from the bridge and take the loft down to the bus station. I travelled with MegaBus after nearly 4 months and I was super excited because this is the first time I got to travel during the day. It feels like a total Yun Hi Chala Chal Rahi set up from Swades. In case you need help, there’s an information point at the end. Don’t worry about all the FlixBus banners. The information point caters to all bus companies.

I arrived in Nuremberg a little past noon. After a quick stop for Pommes and Cola, I decided to look for the hostel. So, you go right from the ZOB on the Bahnhofstrasse and reach a Nieemberg Tourist info point. Fro, there on, take the Koenigstrasse for the main city highlights. I had to take a left to Frauentormauer. It’s maybe 500m from the ZOB. Fabulous hostel! I am in love with the facility.

The people here are super nice. I have 4 Chinese roommates who are super giggly and very smiley. I like them. I set out at 2 to walk around the town. It is not big. Twenty minutes from the beginning of Koenigstrasse will get you to the fort. I covered the St. Lawrence church, the Holocaust memorial,Hauptmarket, the Rathaus and the Toy Museum. I couldn’t find the Documentation centre. I will try again tomorrow morning. I found a fabulous Comic store btw. They have awesome stuff.

Doremifasolati-do! so! do!

I am well rested and super excited !! Becauseeeee I am off to Salzburg for the day ! There is one and only one motive here – The Sound of Music. Keep reading to find out about my DIY tour of the classic.

Too many connections !

Okay so clearly I didn’t think this one through. I flew Bangalore – Bombay, Bombay – Paris, Paris – Munich all in one day!

I am not sure what I had in mind when I booked my tickets. I think it looked appealing because I had very short flight connections and therefore little loss of time in terms of reaching Germany. But one look at the situation in Kempegowda International Airport this morning made me regret this choice. I flew Jet Airways to Paris and then Air France to Munich. I was issued all three boarding passes in Bangalore but my immigration check was to be in Bombay. My 7am flight was on time and scheduled to land as planned despite the slightly disappointing weather in Bbay. So here’s what went wrong in namma Bengaluru. At 4:30 am when they opened the boarding counters for domestic flights, they had passengers for 1 Cochin, 1 Mangalore, 2 Bombay and 2 Delhi flights all at once! The result? Utter chaos. People whose flights were scheduled to depart in less than 30 minutes were yet to collect boarding passes, let alone complete security checks.

When I did arrive in Bombay, there was a long line for International transfers – Paris, U.S., Kathmandu, Singapore, London, Pakistan – you name it, we got it. The airport shuttle took its own sweet time giving us a nice tour of the runway before dropping us off at T2. That’s where I flashed my passport, collected new baggage tags and ran! Immigration was a nightmare. There were no immigration forms available and very few counters were functioning. After 15 excruciating minutes of shifting my weight from one foot to another, I saw them open a few more counters. Passing through the immigration check,  realised that my boarding gate was one of the last ones. Mid run, I took a moment to remember Paris Nord on the morning of the trip to Lille. I had to sprint from Voie 56 to 34. Gate 73 would be no different.

Some time after my security check in Blore I had found out that I didn’t get any of the seats I had picked in the web checkin! I cursed Jet Airways profusely when I boarded in Bombay. Emergency exit. Middle section. No aisle. Flanked by fat uncles on either side. Full view of the toilet on my left, and partial view of the one on my right. Also, people continued to walk over my legs to check the other one when they found their first choice occupied. I took deep breaths and decided to just live with it. Trust me, that’s not easy on a 9.5 hour flight. I called my parents to tell them I was okay and promised to text on reaching Munich. Paris was a super short connection and I wasn’t sure I’d make it in time. After a 20 minute delay thanks to ATC, we took off.

I couldn’t take the toilet view anymore. There was no way I could eat sitting there. Even Vodka wouldn’t have helped. So I sweet talked a flight attendant into letting me move. Luckily there was just one aisle seat available in the first cabin and I greedily accepted it. My neighbour turned out to be in the merchant navy who had 4 flights scheduled until his final destination. I decided to pity his ass more than mine.

We actually reached Paris earlier than the original scheduled arrival, despite the delayed departure. For the first time, I didn’t sleep. I am dead tired from the HY close but I couldn’t sleep. I have always boasted of dozing off before take off and waking up after we hit the Tarmac. Looks like the charm has been broken.

It felt good to see sortie and arret demande signs. Felt like home again. It is hot in Paris btw. 28 degrees and I am feeling it. I rushed through the security check, took a bus to terminal 2F, cleared immigration and reached the boarding get to see the final boarding call for my flight. Close shave or what! I am now aboard the Air France flight to Munich and loving the fact that all announcements are primarily in German. I am alreading dreaming about my comfortable bed and the hot shower that awaits me.