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Wurzburg - Start of the Romantic Road

In search of a repairman

semi-overcast 20 °C

On to Wurzburg and a search for yet another RV repair place.
Leaving Nuremburg in the rain we drove past the decaying site which had been the venues for the National Socialist Party rallies in Berlin from 1933 until 1938. It is set near what had previously been a WW1 memorial in open country, but there had been grand plans to make this the powerful symbolic centre to demonstrate to the German people and to the world the 'supreme' power of the Third Reich.
Instead, what remains is the crumbling fa├žade of plans and designs which were never completed, the only reason that they are still there at all is that following the destruction of Nuremburg during 1945 there was no money for the costly dismantling, so what remains is the shell of the convention centre (it was never completed) designed to replicate the colosseum, crumbling stands to elevate Hitler and incomplete parade grounds laid out with marble slabs 1.2 metre square in regimented patterns. The 1.2 metre was because it precisely equaled 2 'goose steps' and the regular patterns were to ensure military precision in marching and parading. There is construction framework around it with an intention to restore certain parts of it, but given the current German thinking about that period of their history I believe that it will be reflective rather than hyperbolic.

Arriving in Wurzburg we followed convoluted GPS directions to find an RV workshop, the chap fiddled with the fuses and said everything was fine. BUT still no water pump!!! Got directions across the other side of town for a spare parts shop for a replacement pump, arrived just as they were commencing their lunch break!!!! Eventually got replacement pump. Back to the original workshop, had it installed and after a few hiccups it seemed to be working. HORAY !!!!

Holding our breath and crossing our fingers we headed into Wuzburg purportedly the beginning of 'The Romantic Road' an historic route originally marked off by the Romans but now reflective of centuries of history.
Wurzburg has settlement dating back to the bronze age, recorded history goes back to the 600's, in 686 an Irish Saint (he wasn't one then) Kilian, arrived with his companions on his way to Rome. They began their work in Wurzburg but upset some powerful people who had 3 of them beheaded in the town square. In 1075 an impressive Cathedral was erected on the site of their execution, named for the Saint.

Wurzburg is a very pretty town which trades on its history and charm, a key feature is the historic bridge more to be on and walk across than to view from a distance. the bridge crosses the Main River, we had been fortunate enough to park beside the rive and watched at different times cruise boats travelling along.
The bridge has a number of statues of the saints and other significant religious figures along it, one is holding up a golden sword and looks like he is about to open the batting for Germany.
We spent time wandering up and down the streets, and came across The Residence, where the Prince Bishop conducted his business from. Like all these crazy palaces it was beyond opulent and left you stunned and gob-smacked that anything could be so lavish.
Their were ceiling frescos painted Tiepolo, there was even a guest room slept in by Napoleon and his wife which was really interesting as we have been listening together to War and Peace and the date of their visit was a couple of weeks before Napoleon's army wiped out the town of Smolensk - random I know!!!!! It also had an amazing garden.

The next morning we visited Fortress Marianburg, John had walked up the hill the previous evening and took some lovely photos.

Posted by Seniorcitizens 07:56 Archived in Germany

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