Because it was Christmas Day, museums, most restaurants and shops were closed. This time, Peggy, Kari and Mikaela took the city tour into Nuremberg, Germany and I remained on the ship.
The bus stopped at the Nazi party rally grounds at the location where Adolf Hitler gave his speeches. The Nazi rally grounds is an approximate 6 square mile area in southeast Nuremberg. Many tourists want to take a picture doing the Hitler gesture, but doing so is considered “illegal” and may result in a jail sentence.
Presently there is a lot of debate about whether the Nazi party rally rounds should remain as an historical landmark or whether they should demolish it and build a soccer stadium. There are many that feel that retaining this landmark will give Nuremberg a permanent black mark.
They drove by the Nazi documentation center. This area was used to process Jews during World War II. Present day German officials decided that it would send a powerful message to use the documentation center as a way to process the current Syria refugees into Germany.
The Nuremberg Castle was the next stop on the tour. The top of the castle provided great views of the city. It was built as a defense tower complete with a moat that never had water surrounding it.
Among the Christmas Markets in Germany, the Christmas Market in Nuremberg had just closed for the season. A couple were still open selling Glühwein. Despite being Christmas Day, there were a lot of people in the streets.
Trivia Fact: Sandra Bullock was raised in Nuremberg for 12 years and grew up speaking German.