Day One: Nuremberg, Germany
Some of us slept on the plane, some of us could not. But all of us were united by the lack of suitcases from our flight. After a two hour wait, and a very kind Lufthansa agent, we had our bags! Luckily, Roman, our tour guide (who’d had his own share of travel fun) was waiting for us and we headed to Nuremberg.
After a quick pit stop at the hotel for lunch and a change of clothes, we picked up a local guide, Magdalena, and did a tour of the Nazi party rally grounds. In the lead-up to World War Two, Hitler and the Nazi party held annual rallies in this city to gather support and spread military propaganda.
Our first stop was the Congress Hall. Construction started in 1935 and it was meant to hold a whopping 50 000 people, under an impressive (and impossible) self-supporting roof. It was never completed.
We then visited the Great Road, meant to be the location of an annual military parade, before stopping at one of the most recognizable sites from early Nazi propaganda – Zeppelin Field. Here, Hitler spoke to over 150 000 people who’d descended on Nuremberg to show their support for the Nazi party. It was partially destroyed by the Americans at the end of the war, with the destruction of a giant swastika being used in American film footage of the end of the war.
We ended the night with dinner in the city centre – sausages, potato salad, sauerkraut, and the best ice cream cake any of us have ever had. An amazing start to what’s sure to be a memorable and impactful trip.