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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Europe Trip 2017: Part 7: 5th and 6th June.

Please ignore any spelling mistakes as I went to night school and these are mainly done during the day time.

We visit Nuremburg, where Hiltler held his infamous Nazi rallies, and Bamburg, one of the few German cities not destroyed in World War II. So, to me, Nuremburg was the hammer where as Bamburg was the feather.
We cross Europe's Continental Divide at a height of 435 metres above sea level, make sure you are strapped in as we 'white-water' down the other side.
Going by the boat's newsletter 'daily Cruiser' there are no cocktails on Monday night but there are 2 movies 'Legends of the Fall' and 'Pirates of the Caribbean', so there's something to look forward to.
You can catch up on the cocktails on Tuesday night with 2 each of 'Mango Margarita', 'Singapore Sling' and 'Mango Cooler'. If you're sill awake after those your movies choices are 'Children of a Man' and 'Calendar Girl', boy, I do this trip again just for the movies.

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Kelmeim to Ottendorf

Whit Monday,  5th

Looks a bit cooler this morning (7:57 AM).

A tight squeeze in the Eckersmühlen Lock.

Roth Port.  Stones, earths and building materials, ore and metal waste, fertilisers,
food and fodder, crude oil and mineral products are shipped through here.

We now start travelling along viaducts above the land.

Leerstetten Lock

The photo crasher is back.

Leerstetten Lock, one of the highest lock structures in Europe.
The powerful sluice towers for a lifting height of almost 25 meters.

Leerstetten Lock

We are 25 metres above the river at Leerstetten Lock.

Looks like a good spot to have a 'rest?'

Eibach Lock (Main Danube Canal)

                                                           Mississippi Queen, Restaurant.                                                                  

The Fernmeldeturm Nürnberg is a telecommunication tower,
at 292 metres high, is the tallest structure in Bavaria.
                            Photo taken from the Nürnberg Lock.                      

A walk in the forest at Nuremburg to re-charge my inner batteries.

Time for a walk in the forest to re-charge my batteries.

Came across a few of these on the walk.

Might take it back for lunch.

If a tree falls in the forest does anybody hear?

Another forest snail ( I think Trish and Peter found this one).

Wildflowers seen on my forest walk.

Wildflowers and bugs seen on my forest walk.

Wildflowers and fruit seen on my forest walk.

Wildflowers seen on my forest walk.

It was then onto a bus for a tour of Nuremberg. 

Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.  (next photo)
The buildings, a former SS barracks, were built on the western outskirts of the Party Rally Grounds between 1936 and 1939.  During World War II, the barracks served as a training venue for radio operators. The military building also became one of the outposts of the Dachau and Flossenbürg concentration camps.                      
 On 18 April, 1945, the US Army captured and occupied the SS barracks. Until the end of 1946, they ran a DP camp here, housing several thousand people. After the camp was dissolved, the Army used the buildings until 1992, under the name of “Merrell Barracks”,

                                             Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.                                        
(PbL) (tbw)

        A pretty window in a stark setting.    

                        Reich Party Congress Grounds, the Nazi party rally grounds.                

                                                 Documentation Center in the north wing of the Congress Hall.                                              
 (PbL)  (tbw)

Reich Party Congress Hall.

Reich Party Congress Hall.

                           Entrance to Zeppelin Tribüne and Golden Hall.                          
 (PbL)  (tbw)

                            Sculptures in front of Museum at the Zeppelin Field.                          
(PbL) (tbw)

                         Deutsche Bahn's Class 143 Electric Locomotive has a maximum speed of 120 km/h (75 mph).              

      Either a Type GT6N or Type GT8N tram.        

Nuremberg Palace of Justice.
The building was the location of the Nuremberg trials that were held from
1945 to 1949 for the main surviving German war criminals of World War II.        

Nuremberg Palace of Justice.    

In 1945 and 1946, the defendants of the Nuremberg trial were placed
in a wing of the Nuremberg Prison, including Hermann Goring.          

     Nuremberg main rail station  (Nürnberg Hauptbahnhof).      

                 Part of the city walls of old Nürnberg.                  

             St. Rochus Cemetery.        

St. Rochus Cemetery.  
     The cemetery was created in late 1510s to bury the victims of the plague epidemic of 1517-18.          

 It was time for a walking tour of the Imperial Castle of Nuremberg and then down to the Nuremberg Main Market Square. We had drizzling rain after leaving the castle and on the way back to the boat.

Imperial Castle of Nuremberg, built in the 11th-century.

Looks like the stone mason didn't come back from lunch while working on the crest on the right.

View of Nuremburg from the Imperial Castle.

I think we were shown a photo of the skinny cream building, being
the only building left standing after bombing raids in WWII.

                       View of Nuremburg from the Imperial Castle.                    

Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528), Germany's most famous artist, lived and worked
                in this massive half-timbered house (right) for nearly 20 years, from 1509 onwards.              

'Der Hase' (The Rabbit) is located nearby to the famous 'Albrecht Dürer Haus' in Nürnberg. The sculpture is a homage to one of the most famous pictures of Albrecht Dürer: Der Feldhase (The Rabbit).The bronze sculpture was created by Jürgen Goertz in 1984.

"Hey, watch where you're pointing that lance matey!"

Beginning in the 14th century, the dungeons in the vaulted cellar of Nuremberg's
City Hall were used to confine and question prisoners.          


Twelve small cells and a torture chamber give a gloomy picture of how justice
was administered in those days.

St. Sebaldus Church

Detailed work at St. Sebaldus Church.

Schöner Brunnen.  Restored replica of the 14th-century
Beautiful Fountain, built to resemble a Gothic spire.

The Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady or Woman Church) was built between 1352 and 1362.

This beggar moved his hat closer to the door to make sure people would see it.
He would take money out and put it in his jacket so as to appear to be not getting too much.

'Jumbo' size coffee next to a 'normal' one at the Casa Pane Restaurant.

Local delicacies.

Chamber of Commerce building at the Nuremberg Main Market Square.
The main market was "Adolf-Hitler-Platz" at the time of the Third Reich.

            A footbridge to a Museum with exhibits on the local history of executions.          

Our guide gives us a song.

The Chain Bridge (hard to see) in front of (as far as I could find out) the covered
roadway called Westtorzwinger (West Gate Zwinger).            

          FCN Ultras Nurenburg.              

        I think ours is the 2nd one.          
(PbL)      (tbw)

 Back on the boat.

Stahlhandel Peine-Salzgitter GmbH, Steel Distributor.

Catching the setting sun.


That's the bridge (viaduct) we will be going 'OVER'.

Travelling along a viaduct looking down oto the land below.

Travelling along a viaduct.

Sunset Time.    

I had to sacrifice an evening with a Westend Star, Lindsay Hamilton, to get these photos. 

Solar-panels at Solarberg.

Sunset at Solarberg.   Fürth, Germany.

Lock at Kriegenbrunn.

Lock at Kriegenbrunn with the A3 Motorway Bridge
(10:04 PM)

Tuesday, 6th June 'D Day'.    

Today we visit Hamburg, one of the few German cities that weren't destroyed during World war II.   We follow our guide for the first part of the walking tour, then some free time to wander and then find our own way back to the bus which takes us back to the boat. 

Docking at Bayernhafen Port Operating Company (Bamburg) was like being
at Port Botany in Sydney. The poppies were nice though.                  

Lynn, well and truely 'beyond the black stump'.

House and sculpture from State Park.

               Bamberg Municipal Archives building.          

Bamberg Municipal Archives building with the Monastery Michelsberg on the hill behind.

Bamberg Municipal Archives building.

Walking path along the river bank of the Left Arm of the River Regnitz.

Backyard barbie, Bamberg style.  Now I know where our local park-bench went to.

The Bamberg Prison (left) has the capacity of 212 inmates.

Colour over the river.

The former fishermen's district in Bamberg's Island City is known as Little Venice.
The half-timbered buildings were mainly built in the Middle Ages.


I like how the table and stools are stored on the wall.




Monastery Michelsberg

Pretty window gardens.

Banners on a photography / art shop.

          Sandkerwa festival in Bamberg - fishermen  jousting on the river.        


Unusual shutters. Only one is hinged and I can't see them opening out.

Geraniums at number 3.


Fashion shop windows.

This one or the next one, or both, is/are the historical smoke brewery.

                This one or the last one, or both, is/are the historical smoke brewery.          

1st course is chicken, 2nd course is.....hope he likes blue.

Not a lot of graffiti/street art in Bamburg...........

.......but the chalk people were active.

I think the plaque had something to do with the people killed in the 1939 bombings in WWII            

For a second there I thought he was Brad Pitt.

Facade paintings on the Old Town Hall, originally created in 1755 by Johann Anwander.

The leg of a cherub protrudes out of the wall as a sculpture.

Facade paintings on the Old Town Hall, originally created in 1755 by Johann Anwander.

The 4 breasted woman.

Statue of St. Kunigunde on the Lower Bridge.
        In the background the "Hellerhaus" (the “Wedgewood” house).            

'Centurione I'
Bronze statue by Polish born sculptor Igor Mitoraj.

Neptune Fountain

A lot of water flows through Bamburg. 


Wine House (Weinhaus Zeis)


          The Old Town Hall.            

(photo by Jenny Z)

There are some interesting angles in this building.

(PbL)                                     Bill doing a bit of bird photography ................

............... yep, that's a new one.

Our guide trying out her new dance moves.

It was a little cooler today with rain threatening.

Jan and Brian enjoy a coffee while Jenny and Craig check some images.

            Frog watchers.          

                          Which way do we go ?                            


Pink, blue and white.

Doors of Hamburg

A steep little climb up to Cathedral Square.

St. Peter's and St. George's Imperial Cathedral.

Emperor Heinrich II (973-1024) had the Cathedral constructed in Bamberg as early as 1002 and it was completed in 1012. However, this house of worship fell victim to fire, as did its successor. The third construction which contains stylistic elements of the late romanesque and early gothic periods has survived to the present day. 


I think the one on the other end is a new one.

St. Peter's and St. George's Imperial Cathedral stands in Cathedral Square.

St. Peter's and St. George's Imperial Cathedral.

Cathedral Square.

Main door of St. Peter's and St. George's Imperial Cathedral.
             ".....and on my right is the wonderful Carolyn"          
"Oh Rodger, you do tell the funniest stories"

New Residence built in baroque style.


Someone waiting to pay their 50c to the lady in white.

        Performing Arts Theatre.        

          Historical Museum.        

Could have someting to do with the Da Vinci Code.
When you find out, let me know, thanks.

Rose Garden.

              In the Rose Garden.            

Rose Garden.

                View from the Rose Garden.            

             View from the Rose Garden.            

A bike, a bin and a dress.

A man with his hands full............ well, his clothes full then.

Hawk Moth feeding at a window box garden.

 (next photo) These just caught my eye. (Bottom left) "Meine hauswand !!"   Bitte beschadigen sie nicht unsere hausfront und stellen ihr farrad woanders ab.
"My house wall !!   Please do not damage our house front and place your farrad (bike?) somewhere else.

These just caught my eye.      
(Bottom left):      "My house wall !!   Please do not damage our house front and 
place your farrad (bike?) somewhere else.

Should not have left it against the butcher's shop.

Pretty coloured Honeysuckle.

A bee enjoying some honeysuckle juice.

More doors of Hamburg.

Window box gardens.

I think the murals have something to do with the Sandkerwa beer festival.

Elizabeth Church

"Apoll" by Markus Lüpertz outside Elizabeth Church.

"Hey Ted, I think we're in the wrong window"

More window box gardens.

Must be the drains and covers of Hamberg.

I saw these brooms being used by council workers in a few places.

A rose by any other name.

He might find living in the yellow place more comfortable.

Nice window deco.

River transport hasn't changed.

River camping.          
Looks like the boat at the rear of the previous 'old' photo.

Riverside lamp-post.

The prison is also called Cafe Sandbad because of its location in Oberen Sandstraße, close to restaurants.
And it looks like you also get a good view from your window.

Back down past the poppies to the boat.

That was well-timed, 45 minutes later at the Viereth Lock, down it came.

Wildflowers greet us at Limbach Lock.

Limbach Lock.

No shortage of labour here.

Limbach Lock.

Walter Oppelt Sawmill at Zeil am Main.

Crane at Zeil am Main.

Storm clouds on approaching the lock at Knetzgau.

Yep, I think we're going to cop it.

Send 'er down, Hughie!

I think this is a German RegioSwinger DBAG Class 612 train.
Top speed is 160 km/h (99 mph).

Happy campers at Theres.

Happy campers at Theres.

Gets a bit windy on the river.

Run-of-the-river power plant at Gädheim (Ottendorf Lock).

Ottendorf Lock (see the 3 swans?)

Now you can see the 3 Mute Swans.

Wind Turbines near Gädheim.

German federal highway Bundesstraße 303 (abbreviation: B 303).
Starts west of Schweinfurt and ending at the border with the Czech Republic east of Schirnding.

Canada Geese at Schweinfurt Lock.

That reminds me. "Lynn, are we getting a ham this Christsmas?"          

8:14 PM, good night.

To go to Part 8 click / tap on 'Older Post' at bottom of page.   

Cameras:  Canon PowerShot SX60 HS,   Sony DSC-W690  and  Samsung S5 (phone)

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