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After leaving Berlin minus gas in our gas cylinder we needed to work out how to obtain gas for our cooking and hot water. Luckily while in Berlin the parking spot we were staying had hot showers and electricity so we were able to wash our hair and charge all our separate devices. Unfortunately not being able to cook we had to eat out!
Upon reaching Nuremburg our first job, before even finding somewhere to stay was to get a gas bottle for the van. After much hunting, we successfully achieved this so we had working gas but now we have 2 gas cylinders…..lucky us hey. We found somewhere to free camp for the night and organised ourselves to settle down only to find that the water pump was not working. Next morning on the phone to our mechanical support person (who is somewhere on holiday) we discovered the pump fuse had blown. Fair enough, off I go to the German equivalent of Bunnings and pick up some new fuses. I take the old blown one so I can make sure I get the correct one which I did. On returning to the van replaced the fuse (making sure it is the correct one again) and low and behold the whole 12V system dies. So here we sit in Nuremburg no 240v power and no 12v power and no water which relies on the pump. Thus we are unable to get water from our tank, have a shower or charge up our devises. However on the positive side we are parked in a place that has toilets and clean drinking water we can fill up our drink bottles and kettle with. We do have a gas stove that now works so we can cook. We have been (although very inconvenient) able to charge our devices at McDonalds and a local shopping centre, this is pretty essential as it provides us with our only means of communication and navigating.. We have been in contact with a Motorhome repair place to see if they can fix the problem but unfortunately they very busy and he will try and fit us in on this coming Saturday (the 5th of August) or that following Sunday. We can only patiently wait and hope as then he closes down and goes on holidays. By John

UPDATE We didn’t get a call so are still without power so I, Gill, will fill you in on what an interesting spot Nuremburg

Nuremburg has a long, proud history significantly pre-dating WW2 and the National Socialist Workers Party (Nazis). We visited The Imperial Castle of Nuremburg which held general judicial and organisational meetings for all the separate Duchy's ( this was long before the unification of Germany). The system was very structured and adhered to quite complex rules for operating, one would have to conjecture that it was 'quite German'.
The palace was over 1,000years old, it stands guard on a hill overlooking the city, it can be seen from almost anywhere in Nuremburg central.
An intriguing feature was a well inside the wall, it was see as a sign of prestige to be able to provide fresh drinking water for all the important guests who would meet there. The well was 45 metres deep and you are made aware of its depth with a guide pouring water at the top and you can wait to hear it reach the surface below.

On the subsequent day we visited Albrecht Druthers house, it still stands in Nuremburg,, one of the few medieval places not to be damaged by bombing in 1945. There is information about his life and his work and a lot of his art (all copies) on display.
We also visited the German Cultural museum with such an eclectic display of art, design and technology throughout the Nuremburg's history. One fascinating element was one of the worlds oldest globes from the early 1600's, it was almost as tall as me.

Leaving there we were planning to ride back to the van but interestingly got caught in the middle of a 'Gay Pride' march and celebration. We were trying to wheel our bikes through this amazing colorful crowd of flamboyantly dressed LGBTQI individuals, it was hard not to get too close and persona!!!!! Leaving the centre of Nuremburg we decided to avoid a relatively small rally, shouting emphatically in German, not sure what they were saying but we decided to go a different way.

Next day we gave up the bikes as navigating in Nuremburg had proved very difficult and quite challenging if not exhausting for me!!!
Caught the bus in then looked for some medieval dungeons to open (the web told us they would be open at 11) but a very grumpy man disavowed us of this, so no dungeons!!
We then headed across town to the Palace of Justice the (the main court complex since the early 20th century). This building is the home of courtroom 600, the venue where the Nuremburg war trials were held from 1946 to 1949.

It is still a functioning court room but when it is not in use you can visit and see what it was like during the trials, it was very powerful presentation. We then went up the stairs to the Memorium Nuremburg Trials display. We were provided with an audio guide and honestly felt like there was sooo much information we could have been cramming for an exam. It was so thorough and comprehensive and it answered questions that we hadn't realised that we had wondered about. It also sat in a very contemporary space linking the themes and protocols to the current conflicts in Ukraine and Sudan, mentally draining but really gave it context.

Tried to find our way back to the bus to get us home using the underground, got terribly lost, got caught up in an
enthusiastic footy crowd. Found ourselves in yet another torrential downpour and finally gave up and caught a taxi!!!!

Posted by Seniorcitizens 17:59 Archived in Germany

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Wow…so many interesting places and challenges…especially “van issues”!
Scenery and points of interest are fantastic!

by David

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