Sunday, June 26, 2011

On the Road: Nuremberg

No other city, except for Dresden, was so severely damaged during World War II, but the Market Square and Beautiful Fountain were rebuilt; Nuremburg is one of Germany's most historic cities, with a recorded history going back to 1050.

Doug and I hiked up steep cobblestone streets to the Imperial Castle.

The climb to the tower of the Imperial Castle complex gives you a wonderful view of the city.

When you visit the Albrecht Durer House, you can see a replica of the workshop where he printed his woodcuts with a working printing press.

The Nazi Documentation Center (at the far right) is housed in one small wing of Hitler's cavernous, unfinished Congress Hall, designed to house 50,000 spectators.

The Zeppelin Field was the site of the Nazis' biggest rallies, including those filmed by Leni Riefenstahl. The towering swastika was blown up by the Allies soon after the end of the war.

This is the entrance to Nuremberg's Palace of Justice; we visited courtroom 600 - the site of the Nuremberg trial of 21 Nazi war criminals.

The 21 Nazi war criminals stood trial here in 1945. After a year of trials and deliberations, 12 were sentenced to death by hanging, 3 were acquitted and the rest were sent to prison. Courtroom 600 is an active courtroom to this day.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

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