Has your soul ever been inexplicably tied to a location? As if it were a part of who you are? For me – Nurnberg is such a city -forever imprinted on my heart and mind. I hope that you will travel there some day and indulge me a little as I tell you about it.
Nurnberg is a city in the State of Bavaria in the region of Middle Franconia. It is situated on the Pegnitz River and the Rhine-Danube Canal. It is located about an hour north of Munich – which is at the base of the Bavarian Alps. As far as German cities go, it is a fairly large city with a 2006 population of about 1,020,000.
Nurnberg has a long and interesting history. It is often referred to as having been the “unofficial capital” of the Holy Roman Emperor, particularly because courts met at Nurnberg Castle.
During the Nazi era – Nurnberg played a significant role as the Nazi party picked the city to be the site of huge Nazi party conventions – the Nazi rallies – which were held annually from 1927 to 1938.
You might be interested to know that this rally location is now called Soldier’s Field….and this is where Nurnberg American High School played its football games. Go Eagles !!!
Despite the devastation of World War II, Nurnberg was eventually rebuilt and was to some extent restored to its pre-war appearance, including the reconstruction of some of its medieval buildings.
I can’t even begin to tell you how often we toured these landmarks – the ancient old city (“Alt Stadt”) surrounded by the Nurnberg Wall – the Nurnberg castle – the Germanishe Museum – the Albrecht Duhrer house – and the Tiergarten (Zoo).
They are a part of me and always will be.
For years after leaving Germany – into my adulthood – I would dream about these locations – and in my dreams my grandmother (Anna Marta Lipsdorf Geier) would always be there with me. One night in my dream she told me that, “I wouldn’t be coming to visit her anymore.” And three weeks later my grandmother had a massive stroke and died while visiting her sons in east Germany. I never visited Germany – or saw my grandmother – in my dreams again.
I wish you all sweet dreams……..