Nuremberg: A town steeped in History
Nuremberg is an old medieval city that was almost totally demolished during WWII and since then has been completely rebuild. It was the site of the massive Nazi party rallies and then after the war where the Nuremberg war trials were held.
Accommodation: this was one of my highlights of Nuremberg, because for the first time in 3 weeks I had my very own hotel room with a fully accessible bathroom. In these smaller German towns it was pretty much impossible to get a hostel room let alone an accessible one. Also by using cheap last minute hotel sites like Hotels.com or Booking.com I could get a room for pretty cheap.
Transport: Nuremberg is pretty small, so getting around the town itself is easy without public transport. However the two main historical things to see the Fascination and Terror Exhibition and site of the Nuremberg trials are out of town and require a tram or train to get to.I ended up catching a taxi.
Overall Accessibility: Some of the town is pretty flat and easy to get around other parts are very hilly and cobblestony especially up to the castle which was almost impossible. But a very beautiful place and if you like history definitely somewhere to visit.
Day 1: Walking tour and my very own hotel room
Arrived by train from Munich relatively hassle free after a billion emails between Deutsche Bahn (Germany’s train service) and myself. Dropped my bags at my very own hotel (no hostels for me this time) and went into the city centre.
Nuremberg is a picturesque old medieval city with a bustling centre square (Altstadt) that houses a market and over looked by a grand castle. I joined a walking tour as I wanted to know a bit more and even though it was very interesting it was not very accessible. It was the only walking tour I had to pay for on my whole trip so I was a little bit annoyed especially since I asked the tour guide before I paid whether it would be ok. There were quite a few steps and a very steep hill to get up to the castle. Luckily I met a few people on the tour to help me out. However I would probably recommend doing this one at your own pace and so that you can choose your own route.
After the walking tour one of the people I met was off to the Nuremberg Trial site, however I chose to give it a miss and just enjoy having my own space in my own hotel room. When you travel you have to be ok with not fitting everything in (a huge weakness of mine) and just make time to relax, as a traveller with a disability I do find I get tired easily and need to make time for down time.
After my rest I went back into the town and it was just beautiful. There were fairy light everywhere, live music, market stalls selling Gluhwein (mulled wine), Lebkuchen (gingerbread) and Bratwurst.
Day 2: The Fascination and Terror Museum
I ended up catching an accessible taxi out to the old Nazi Party Rally Site. As I could just not be bothered hassling with the trains/trams. I got the hotel to organise it and it wasn’t too expensive.
This is the site where the huge party rally’s took place and where the Fuhrer gave his infamous speeches. Although there were massive plans for this site most of it was not built or was destroyed during allied occupation. However it now houses a very interesting museum on the SS and Nazi party, and you can walk around some of the ruins. There is a half finished Colosseum which was meant to be 3 times the size of the Roman colosseum. Halfway through the museum there is a set of stairs with a stairlift that you have to call someone to operate which is a bit annoying. Otherwise Accessibility is pretty good and worth a visit.
On the way back I ended up catching a tram as I was with a friend I met the day before on the walking tour. However the tram wasn’t totally accessible so I would only recommending attempting it with assistance.
Now onto the next stop in my German tour Lepzig.