Nuremberg is a short day trip from Munich. Like all of Germany its history is layered. The medieval town is beautiful. The churches, cathedrals, and squares are enough to make anyone stop in for a visit. They're famous for the sausages, and as the home of the 16th century artist Albrecht Durer. The city was an important center of the Holy Roman Empire and the German Renaissance. It loaned its name to the Nuremberg laws which systematically denied the rights of Jews, the Nazi rallies famously recorded in the film Triumph of the Will, and the location of the Nuremberg trials which held some Nazi leaders accountable for their actions after the war.
We went for a bit of it all. You've probably seen some of the places we visited. The Zeppelin Field is the site of the famous Nuremberg rallies. The rallies, like the architecture, were massive in scale. The rallies were recorded in the film Triumph of the Will, and often when someone wants invoke the image of the Nazi past you'll see an image of the rallies. (If you've seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens, they are deliberately invoking these images as well.)
Visiting the site is eery. And yet I love the way the Germans present their history. The site wasn't torn down. Instead they are slowly letting nature destroy the site. Grafitti adorns with walls with the message, "Never Again." The Germans have made a deliberate attempt to remember their history, but to do it in a way that demonstrates their rejection of it. There is a refusal to forget or deny their past, instead they present it in a way that helps them chart a different future.
This visit, however, was only part of the day. After lunch it was a trip through the medieval city's past. If you're interested, check out the images below..
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Locations mentioned in Frankenstein