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Munich to Nurnburg?

Old Jul 9th, 2015, 10:54 AM
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Munich to Nurnburg?

Husband is a WW II buff. Should we do a day trip-and can anyone recommend a service--or plan on spending a night to see Nurnburg? If the latter, can anyone recommend a moderate hotel?
Sigh...I should have started planning this trip a year ago.
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Old Jul 9th, 2015, 11:13 AM
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I've done it as a day trip and that was enough - the Third Reich relics - teh most extensive in Europe - Hitler's box on the stadium balcony where he famously reviewed goose-stepping troops still there as is the vast parade grounds and some stadiums and a documentation center - just south of town center by S-Bahn train.

Central Nurnberg is compact enough to explore in a few hours - nice but IMO not awesome - some famous tiny hot dogs are a local specialty.

You can use the Bavarian Lander Ticket to get unlimited travel on regional trains thoughout Bavaria - takes a bit longer than fast trains however - check - German Railways Official site for fares on faster trains and discounted fares if booked far in advance - if you want to get an earlier start than the Bavarian Ticket allows (I believe weekdays not before 9 am departure but not at all sure - check on it at the site. Other sites with general info on German trains; and
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Old Jul 9th, 2015, 01:40 PM
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Nice background on Third Reich relics in Nurnberg itself as well as the Parade Grounds area.
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Old Jul 9th, 2015, 02:07 PM
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"some famous tiny hot dogs"

Pal; Deutschland called and they want you to know this is the Wurst feedback you've ever given.
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Old Jul 9th, 2015, 02:24 PM
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dya want mustard with that Wurst?

BTW - very very cute - you hot dog!
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Old Jul 9th, 2015, 02:56 PM
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Hot dog eating and meat eating in general will be limited. I just had a tooth extraction on one side and a dental implant gone wrong and removed on the other. I may just be drinking my way through Germany and Austria. See me whining over in the Fodorite Lounge.
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Old Jul 9th, 2015, 03:05 PM
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not even one little Nurnberg Weiner? Sacrilege to go there and not down one if not several - can swallow whole!
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Old Jul 9th, 2015, 04:21 PM
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You can view that parade ground in about five minutes; that is, what is left of it and what IS left isn't all that impressive (without all those thousands of fanatically cheering people).

OTOH, what IS impressive is the Documentation Center which does an excellent job of explaining the whole "Nazi phenomenon" and what really became a cult. If I went back to that city and repeated one thing it would be that.
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Old Jul 9th, 2015, 04:41 PM
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Agree with Dukey1.

Only thing (and something you might not know) is that Munich has its own newly-opened Documentation Center. Might not be worth the trip to Nuremberg if that's all that interests you there.

Munich's Doc Center:

" I may just be drinking my way through Germany..."

Not a bad choice. In case you visit Nuremberg:

That said, a bratwurst involves very little chewing - it's a very tender and delicious treat. Go for the big, fat white ones:
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Old Jul 9th, 2015, 05:32 PM
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How is the Munich Documentation Center? What like are the late hours (7 pm or so) and the admission (free thru July).
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Old Jul 10th, 2015, 01:52 PM
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The Munich documentation center just opened a few months ago - probably few have been there yet but a NYTimes article I posted gave it glowing reviews even though locals were mixed on having such a center.
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Old Jul 10th, 2015, 02:04 PM
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Great breakfast and staff. Would return and stay here. The city is beautiful. You will see hotel as you pop out of the tunnel from the train station inside the city wall. I really enjoyed our two nights there.

St. Lorenz was my favorite cathedral, take note of the wall where you can light a candle. You can see where it was badly damaged and rebuilt.
Albrecht Durer house and the castle also are worth seeing.
I could eat some Nuremberg sausages, very yummy.
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Old Jul 10th, 2015, 03:39 PM
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We were in Nuremberg week before last and visited the Documentation Centre, found it very well done. Easy to reach on tram from hauptbanhof. Good audioguide.

We used points to stay at the Holiday Inn Express near the hauptbanhof. There are several hotels in that area. The HIX is less than a year old, not posh but quite comfortable and staff was terrific, complimentary breakfast good. If you just need a place to sleep overnight it would work well at a reasonable cost.

Could also easily do as day trip from Munich. Would allow two hours to get through the Documentation Centre. ICE train takes a little over an hour, regional train can take as little as hour and a half depending on when you depart.
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Old Jul 10th, 2015, 03:52 PM
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Pal: interesting article. Will judge for myself soon. "Documentation Center" must be a direct translation from German, an interesting word combination in English.
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Old Jul 10th, 2015, 11:25 PM
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Documentation Center is indeed a direct translation from German "Dokumentations-Zentrum".
Most places similar to the new one in Munich bear that designation as one does not want to call them museums to avoid the connotation of "past gone by".
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Old Jul 11th, 2015, 11:42 AM
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And yes as the article I referenced about from the NYTimes says many locals were loath to have any kind of Documentation Center because it could be alure to neo-Nazis, etc.
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