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Middle Franconia

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  • Day28

    Are we nearly there yet?!

    July 20 in Germany

    Good morning from just north of Nuremberg!

    It's been an absolute joy so far, everyone has managed to get a good 8-hour's sleep without too much fuss, the cooked breakfast on the coach was very welcome and the fresh pot of coffee has really helped get the morning off to a positive start...

    ...and then reality kicks in as the coach goes over a bump on the motorway which jolts you awake and you realise that it's only 03.45, and only 26 minutes has elapsed since the last time you managed to twist your body into a vaguely comfortable position in your coach seat (utilising skills that a GB Olympic gymnast would be proud of) and drift off to sleep, and you start the process all over again, hoping that sleep will stay with you for more than half an hour stints!

    We stopped for a late night "toilet & teeth" break in Belgium at around midnight. The coach drivers ambitiously anticipated a quick pit stop of around 15 minutes; however getting 119 students through a small service station toilet wasn't going to happen quickly (it took us an hour!), but did give us a chance to demonstrate how much the British love a good queue, I just felt sorry for the poor German lady who rounded the corner at 00.45 to find about 40 students waiting patiently for the toilet!!

    It's a bit quieter on the coach at the moment; Rick Astley mercifully seems to have disappeared from the airwaves and we are hoping for a breakfast stop soon. The next anticipated issues from the staff will be the depleted battery life on tablets/phones/iPads (how will we cope?!?!) and the constant worry looming over us that someone on the coach will suggest putting on their 'High School Musical' DVD collection...

    After that it will only be a few hundred miles more before we arrive in sunny Olomouc, easy!
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  • Day56

    Rothenberg

    August 1, 2017 in Germany

    We were heading to Nuremburg today but decided to visit Rothenburg ob der Tauber (on the Tauber River) on the way. Old Town Rothenberg is reputedly the best preserved walled city in Germany (14th Century). It is a very pretty town. We got great views of the town and the surrounding countryside by climbing the Town Hall tower - what's another 100 or so steps on this trip!! Amazing Christmas Shop here - huge - Rothenberg is also known for its Christmas Market. It was a good call to visit here.Read more

  • Day56

    Nuremberg / Nürnberg

    August 1, 2017 in Germany

    We stayed outside the Old Town so with some instructions, a 15 minute walk and a 3-stop metro train ride, we arrived right in the centre of Lorenzerplatz in Old Town. I immediately felt dwarfed by the St Lorenz Church right above me as I entered the plaza, just one of the beautiful churches in Old Town. There is also the Frauenkirche (Our Lady's Church) built in the 14th Century. Lots to see here and despite it raining most of the night and no raincoats or umbrellas we managed to see most of it. Of course no visit is complete without the castle visit. Nuremberg Castle is a group of medieval fortified buildings on a sandstone ridge and is considered to be one of Europe's most formidable medieval fortifications.Read more

  • Day55

    Nuremburg

    August 20, 2016 in Germany

    Parking up at a small and crowded (but free) stopover on the outskirts of Nuremburg we took the tandem along the well signposted riverside cycle track 3km into the heart of the city.

    Being a Saturday the place was heaving. We came across a busy market with red and white striped stall covers in the church square. Its stalls led up the street and across one of Nuremburg's many low red sandstone bridges towards the cathedral. Whilst the cathedral was very grand with its towering stone steeples, intricate carved decoration and stained glass windows, the memorable thing about Nuremburg is its series of bridges. Unlike many of the German cities we have visited, the River Pegnitz isn't navigable for large cargo ships or cruise ships and so the bridges are low and frequent. Many have arches and stone carved detail that we could get close enough to appreciate as we walked along the bank.Read more

  • Day55

    Rothenburg - Old Town

    October 20, 2017 in Germany

    The town was picture perfect! Impossible not to take gazillions of photos of beautiful houses.

    The beautiful signs hanging from the shops were a drawcard for me too!

    But the highlight (Craig, my little humbug, will groan at this) was a walk through the Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas Store (kaethe-wohlfahrt.com). It was gigantic!!! There was every sort of Christmas 'thing' you could ever think to buy, and then some. In fact, we came across things we had never seen again, including schwibbogen (a sort of balsawood vertical Christmas scene), and Christmas Pyramids, which are a German folk tradition. They are wooden tiered items with wooden figurines which have a space for candle around the outside. The warmth created by the candle then cause a rotor fan at the top to spin around, which in turn spins the main carousels housing the figurines.

    And of course, there needs to be a movie reference! This village was used for filming scenes from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts I and II!
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  • Day51

    Dinkelsbühl + Feuchtwangen

    October 16, 2017 in Germany

    Cool names for towns hey? We visited some towns on the Romantische Straße (Romantic Road) tourist route today. Dinkelsbühl is one of the best preserved medieval towns in Germany. We followed the city calls around past a number of the watch towers through into the city centre. More of the same in Feuchtwangen.

    As we left Feuchtwangen we noticed school must have been in recess and there were a lot of teenage children smoking. Whilst we were stopped for groceries on the way home, I noticed a rather odd billboard advertisement for cigarettes. This caused me to look up WHO prevalence of smoking to discover than 32% of the population over the age of 15 smoke! It is even higher than Italy and France, and in those two countries we though we would be suffering from nicotine withdrawal by the time we got home from passive smoking. By contrast. Australia is 16%. Here's hoping Germany's health care system is indeed fabulous!

    We found eating outside in lovely weather in France and Italy to be almost impossible if we were not prepared to be shrouded in smoke. Australia should be proud of its tough legislative stance on cigarette advertising, sales restrictions and smoking in public places.
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  • Day54

    Nuremberg Altstadt

    October 19, 2017 in Germany

    Nuremberg was fantastic! We had an excellent day with a real variety of experiences. Nuremberg is a walled city so we started off walking to the Altstadt (old town). There is a lovely river running right through the old town, lined with medieval buildings and a spattering of modern buildings which have been really tastefully integrated.

    There is also a lot of renovation occurring in the city, so there were cranes everywhere you turned!
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  • Day54

    Nuremberg Bratwurst

    October 19, 2017 in Germany

    We stopped at a restaurant today, whose sole menu offerings were a plate of either 6, 8, 10 or 12 bratwurst with a side of potato salad or sauerkraut.

    They were the yummiest sausages!

    Took some photos of our poppets, not the sausages.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Regierungsbezirk Mittelfranken, Mittelfranken, Middle Franconia, Meza Frankonio, Franconia Media, Moyenne-Franconie, Media Franconia, Middel-Franken, Środkowa Frankonia

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