Arrival in Nuremberg
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First off, I have to say how lucky I was to even land tickets for the World Cup. My best friend and I had waited patiently through several rounds of FIFA ticket release phases always coming up short. In the meantime, he got engaged, so we started looking for 3 tickets instead of 2. After we were unsuccessful in the last FIFA phase in the fall of 2005, he and his fiancée made arrangements for their wedding in North Carolina and honeymoon in Italy ... yes, you guessed it ... right in the middle of the World Cup. Meanwhile I had one last attempt, which was through tickets released to the US Soccer Federation. I applied for the Ghana game because I figured it would have fewer applications than the Czech Republic or Italy, but I was still put on the waiting list.
I arrived in Nuremberg (Nurnberg) in the morning and hopped on a train from the airport to the main train station (Hauptbahnhof). Public transportation in Germany is very easy to figure out. My hotel was near the train station, but it was too early to check in, so I got a locker in the train station to store my luggage until I could check in later. So I took the opportunity to walk in to the old city (Altstadt), which is a walled off old city center that has mostly pedestrian traffic. This area is quite large, so you can spend a lot of time walking around discovering different parts of the Altstadt.
I walked all the way to the other end of the Altstadt to the Kaiserburg castle. The last part was pretty steep. It was quite hot and I was a bit jet lagged, so I spent a while at the top of the hill enjoying the scenery of the Altsadt below and modern Nuremberg beyond the walls. When I finally checked into the hotel, I crashed for a pretty long nap. My room was extremely small and had no air conditioner, but it was very convenient being next to the train station and the Altstadt, which is where Nuremberg's Fan Fest was located. Each hosting city had a FIFA sponsored Fan Fest where they had multiple large projection screens showing games going on around the country. They would have huge seating areas to enjoy food and drinks from different stands.