The walled city of Nuremberg

Nuremberg Travel Blog

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In Australia, so far away from Europe, girls swoon with delight about the sophistication, romance and beauty of cities like Paris and Venice.
The gap-year dream is to fly over to London, work hard and earn money, then spend a dreamy six months wandering across the small towns of France and Italy, encountering an idyllic rural life and achieving an epiphany of self. More often than not, the year is spent learning that bar-work in London is not a good way to save money, and ends with a ten-day Contekki bus tour across Paris and Italy, snapping photos of the major monuments and drinking too much with the other Australians on the tour. The oddity to me is why the fixation is always on France and Italy. Every time I arrive in a German city I am struck by the beauty and history.

The walled old town of Nuremberg is beautiful, the centre of German culture for centuries and home to stunning cathedrals and fortifications. Destroyed during WWII, the residents took enormous efforts to restore the previous glory. Inside St Sebaldus Church is a photographic display of Nuremberg during the Nazi rallies and then after the bombing, the church reduced to a broken shell. It is ironic that a church built with such labour, under faith or duress, would be destroyed only to be rebuilt just when people were losing interest in the dogma it represents. To rebuild a house of worship, once the scene of violent passion, to now stand as a silent mausoleum, to restore the reliquary  just as the relic is found to be a hoax. Perhaps, to take a quote out of context from St Sebaldus, the dead do not return to life, even if the corpse is cleaned and washed.
Adrian_Liston says:
Good point - but the weather in Australia is better than Italy or southern France, so Australians don't really tend to go overseas for sunshine...
Posted on: Feb 27, 2010
lamadude says:
Germany is definitely beautiful but it doesn't have the little coastal towns bathing in sunlight that Italy and Southern France have :-) The relaxed life style of Italy and France (well, some places at least, not talking about Paris or Milan obvioulsy) is also something I miss in Germany.
Don't get me wrong, I really liked Germany and loved my time living there, but I can definitely see why France and Italy have a greater appeal to most people.
Posted on: Feb 27, 2010
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