Arrival in Nuremberg

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Jakobskirche

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.

Rathaus with US, Nuremberg, and Ghana flags
  It wasn't until April that I finally got word that I would get the tickets!  It was a mad scramble to book a flight and room with only two months to go and with everyone else trying to go to Germany.  My friend and his fiancée looked at many options to get to Germany from Italy during their honeymoon, but they were booked with a travel group and it just wasn't working.  So they transferred there World Cup tickets to a coworker and his son.  I got to watch the game and eat dinner with them, but the rest of the time I was on my own.  Even so, it was a lot of fun to experience soccer with so many passionate fans and cultures from all over the world.  Germany was also an excellent place to see it.  Everything was well organized, and there were a lot of events and things to see other than just the games.
Lorenzkirche

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.

Fluss Pegnitz
  I was starving, so I stopped for a famous Bavarian pretzel.  I asked for "Eine Brezen mit Butter, bitte".  Wow, I loved these pretzels!  They were the perfect thing when you were starved and running low on energy.  I love Philly soft pretzels too, but there is a big difference between the two.  They come sliced and you can get them with butter or several types of cheese like camembert. 

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.      

 

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Jakobskirche
Jakobskirche
Rathaus with US, Nuremberg, and Gh…
Rathaus with US, Nuremberg, and G…
Lorenzkirche
Lorenzkirche
Fluss Pegnitz
Fluss Pegnitz
Kaiserburg
Kaiserburg
Konigstorturm
Konigstorturm
Lorenzkirche
Lorenzkirche
Sebalduskirche
Sebalduskirche
Sinwellturm
Sinwellturm
Sinwellturm
Sinwellturm
Burgstrasse
Burgstrasse
Burgstrasse
Burgstrasse
Sinwellturm
Sinwellturm
Kaiserburg
Kaiserburg
Sinwellturm
Sinwellturm
Kaiserburg Allee
Kaiserburg Allee
Kaiserburg
Kaiserburg
Schoner Brunnen (Beautiful Fountai…
Schoner Brunnen (Beautiful Founta…
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