13 Days Germany Itinerary – Frankfurt, Munich, Berchtesgaden, Nuremberg & Rothenberg

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Fussen Germany Munich Nuremburg Rothenburg ob der Tauber

What comes to mind when you think of Germany ?  World-famous car manufacturers ? WWII History ? or German beer and sausages ? These are the things I think of before I had the chance to visit Germany.  Out of my 34 days in Europe, 13 days were spent in Germany, which allowed me to travel deep, and see a lot more than that.  From magnificent castles to fairytale towns to pristine countryside sceneries, it was a trip to be remembered for a lifetime.  

I didn’t travel straight for 13 days in Germany, as my itinerary was more like this : Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary then back to Germany again, so I’ve taken the days in Germany and compiled them into one post.

Here is a summary of my 13 Days Germany Itinerary.  Click on the links to see more information for each specific days, or scroll down for the entire journey.

Day 1 – Arrival in Frankfurt.  Romerberg, History Museum, Love Lock Bridge, Cathedral of St. Bartholomew and Zeil Shopping Street.
Day 2 – Flee Market, Romerberg for lunch.  Travel from Frankfurt to Munich.
Day 3 – Munich : Marienplatz, Rathaus-Glockenspiel, BMW Welt & Museum, Olympic Park, Residence.
Day 4 – Day trip from Munich to Dachau Concentration Camp.
Day 5 – Day trip from Munich to Fussen to see Neuschwanstein Castle.
Day 6 – Allianz Arena in the morning, travel from Munich to Berchtesgaden in the afternoon by train.
Day 7 – Berchtesgaden : King’s Lake, Hintersee Lake, Ramasau Village.
Day 8 – Berchtesgaden : Documentation Obersalzberg, WWII Bunkers and Eagle’s Nest.
Day 9 – Travel from Berchtesgaden to Nuremberg –> Nuremberg Castle, Nuremberg Old Town.
Day 10 – Day trip from Nuremberg to Rothenberg Ob Der Tauber.
Day 11 – Nuremberg : Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds, Zepplin Field.
Day 12 – Travel from Nuremberg to Frankfurt.
Day 13 – Travel Home

Accommodation 
Berchtesgaden : Gästehaus Jermann.
Frankfurt : Frankfurt Hostel (23 – 32 Euros Per night, per person).
Munich : Pension Lindner.
Nuremberg : Gasthof-Pension Zum Schwanlein.

Getting Around :
If you are very sure of the times that you will be travelling from city to city, you should book your train / bus tickets  1-3 months earlier online; you’ll be able to get a discounted price for the tickets. But if you want to change the ticket time or have a change of plan last minute, you would have pretty much buy a new ticket instead of topping up for the difference.  For example, I bought the Day 12 ticket (Nuremberg to Frankfurt) way before and got a 50% discount compared to the normal price.  But, on the day of travel, I actually had time to go to Wurzbrg, then back to Frankfurt, and I couldn’t change the original ticket I bought so if I wanted to change plan, I would have to buy new tickets again, so that’s the pros and cos of buying tickets in advance.

For us, we travelled by train and 99% of the time we did not buy in advance.  On the night before our travel, we would look up Germany’s train website bahn.com for the time and schedule, and we would plan to be at the train station about 30 minutes earlier to buy the ticket.  I also came through a bus website, Flixbus later on, which provides better deal than train travel so you could consider that as well; bus routes are available for major stations in cities like Frankfurt and Nuremberg. .

Cost Breakdown

Accommodation = 409 Euros Per person
Food (excluding beer) = 360 Euros
Entrance Fee = 120 Euros
Local Transport = 327 Euros
Total in Euros = 1216 Euros = roughly RM5798 (taking 2017 exchange rate of 4.768)
Plus Flight Ticket= RM 1600

So you can roughly expect the trip to be around RM 7400


Day 1 – Arrival in Frankfurt.
Attractions: Romerberg, History Musem, Love Lock Bridge, Cathedral of St. Bartholomew and Zeil Shopping Street.
Accommodation : Frankfurt Hostel. 

Since our flight arrived at 6 am in the morning, we had a full day in Frankfurt ! After checking in at Frankfurt Hostel, we went to Romerberg and spent three quarters of our day there.  Romerberg is the central square in Frankfurt’s”Altsdadt”, or old town.  The most notable features at the square were built during the 15th century and they all have a name ! The center building with stepped gables is called  “Zum Romer”, meaning “Roman”, giving the square its name “Romberberg”, and also indicating that the Romans have long ago established themselves in Frankfurt. The beautiful half-timbered houses are called “Ostezile”, while the fountain is the Fountain of Justice.  The old town today is a rebuilt as it did not escape the destruction during WWII.

We stumbled upon the Historical Museum as it was within the old town, so we decided to go in to learn a bit more about Frankfurt’s history. Due to Frankfurt’s strategic location near the rive, trade flourished while at the same time, the river acted as a natural defence mechanism, protecting the inhabitants from intruders. There were interesting collections of paintings, armours and the history of the patrician families in Frankfurt.

More Information : Frankfurt Historical Museum Official Website
Opening Hours : Tuesday to Sunday: 10-17 , Wednesday: 10-21 pm, Closed on Sundays.
Admission Fee : 7 euros.  Free admission every last Saturday of the Month (except August and December).

The “Eisener Steg”, or the Love Lock Bridge is just nearby the museum.   Crossing the bridge offers beautiful views of Frankfurt from the other side of the river.  Remember to bring your own padlock to lock your love with someone you love 😉

For lunch, we ate ate at an awesome restaurant called “Altem Limpurg” that was right at the square.  We loved the sausages and the paper-thin pizza there !  If you are adventurous in food, you must also try Frankfurt’s specialty drink – “apfelwein”, which translates to apple wine.  While the drink sounds lovely (what can can wrong with a drink made of apples right ?), it tasted FOUL when I had my first sip.  It was like flat beer gong wrong.  It’s not something people would fall in love with at first sip, but I think you’ll get used to it, and maybe even eventually fall in love with it.

After lunch, we walked around Romerberg a little more, visiting the magnificent Cathedral of St. Bartholomew, before going to the popular shopping street, Zeil Strasse (at Konstablerwatche Station).

   

Zeil Shopping Street.


Day 2
Half Day Frankfurt – Romerberg & Flea Market.   Travel from Frankfurt to Munich.
Accommodation : Pension Lindner @ Munich

For day 2, we went back to Romerberg again to see the flea market that takes place by the Love Lock Bridge, on the Sachsenhausen riverbank.  The flea market takes place every Saturday, but at a different location every week.  If it takes place on the Sachsenhausen Riverbank this week, it’ll take place at Osthafen (East Harbor) for the next week.

For lunch, it was more sausages and apfelwein at Zum Standesaemtchen Restaurant at Romerberg, before taking the 4 hour train ride to Munich.


Day 3: Munich
Attractions: Marienplatz, Rathaus-Glockenspiel, BMW Welt & Museum, Olympic Park, Residence.
Accommodation : Pension Lindner

In the morning, we strolled around the area of Marienplatz, Munich’s main square since 1158, soaking up the Bavarian vibe.  The most magnificent structure on the square is the New Town Hall (“Neue Rathaus”), at which the glockenspiel at the City Hall’s tower comes to life at 11 am every morning.

   

The life-sized figures dance and swirl, re-enacting  a wedding scene from a German folklore.   As you can see, it is a popular event with so many people  and their cameras/phones waiting for it !  It was fun to watch, as I’ve never seen a glockenspiel in action before, but I felt it was a bit overrated ; perhaps because it was too high up and the life-sized figures seemed tiny from where we were standing.

Visiting the BMW Museum & Welt was next.  During the planning stage prior to the trip,  I wanted to visit the BMW Plant because it would have been so fascinating to see one of the world’s top car manufacturers in action.  Unfortunately the plant visitation needed to be planned way way way ahead.  I tried booking two slots 3 months prior to the travel date and there was no slot available ! So we ended up visiting the BMW Museum & Welt instead.

The welt is of course full of BMW’s latest cars and if you are lucky, you might get to watch a motorcycle show.  The BMW museum showcases the evolution of BMW’s history.  BMW started off with flight engines, eventually moving into the motorcycle and the automobiles industry. The designs also became sleeker and sleeker over the years, transforming from boxy-shaped cars to stylish cars that are fit for James Bond. There’s everything you need to know about BMW in this museum so don’t miss it if you love cars !


More Information : BMW Welt & Museum Official Website
Opening Hours : 10 am to 6 pm.  Closed on Mondays.
Admission Fee : 10 Euros for Adults

The Olympic Park that held the 1972 olympic games is located right next to the BMW museum if you wish to visit. We didn’t go in as we moved onto the next  point of interest – the Munich Residenz.

The Munich Residenz was the former palace of Bavarian Kings and Dukes in the period from 1508 – 1918.  The facade of the former palace is actually quite simple and unassuming, but when you go inside, some of the rooms are the most stunning.  Surprisingly, there weren’t too many visitors at the museum and most of the time you can take photos without any strangers in your pictures !  There are three places of interest at the Munich Residenz, the palace, the treasury and the theatre.  You can purchase combined tickets if you wish to visit more than one.  We just visited the palace and the treasury (11 euros) as we would have to come back later again at 2 pm if we wanted to visit the theatre.

Here are some of the most beautiful rooms from the palace :
1.   The Antiquarium is the oldest room in the palace built in the period of 1568 – 1517.  The hall started out as a place to showcase antique collections; it was later on converted into a banquet hall.  The hall’s ceiling has an impressive 16 paintings of ladies in sitting position.

2. The ancestral hall.

3.  The Green Gallery

4. The Grottonhof.

5.  and the Treasury room housing  beautiful jewelries of  the Royal Family.

More Information : Munich Residenz Official Website
Opening Hours : April-15 October: 9 am-6 pm (last entry: 5 pm), 16 October-March: 10 am-5 pm (last entry: 4 pm)
Admission Fee : Combined Ticket of Residence Museum & Treasury is 11 Euros.

As we came out from the museum, we got a little hungry as we just grabbed a small hot dog for lunch at the BMW museum, so it was eating time again, but just sharing one dish between us as tea break .  This time at restaurant Zum Franziskaner that was not too far away from the museum.  The restaurant has a modern outlook with a classic Bavarian interior.

We then went back to our hotel (near Marienplatz) and just walked about the vicinity which has many eateries, clothing shops and souvenir shops. A few souvenirs you could consider buying would be the beer steins, cuckoo clocks and nutcracker dolls. We bought a beer stein as we thought that’s the one thing that really represents Munich well and we did drink lots and lots of beer when we were in Munich !

For dinner, we stayed at the same area and ate at the “Hackerbrau”,  or the Hacker Brewery.  The brewery has been brewing beer at the same location since the 15th century.  We ordered two dishes here, the suckling pig and the pork knuckle, though somehow both actually tasted more or less similar.  The food here was average but we enjoyed the beer here.


Day 4 : Day trip from Munich to Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site
Accommodation : Pension Lindner

The Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site is 25 minutes from Munich by train. The XXL Single Day ticket (purchased at the kiosk at the train station) will cover your transportation within Munich and Dachau for the day.  Once you get to Dachau, the 726 bus will take you to the site.  Find out more about Dachau Concentration Camp and getting there –> here.

The Dachau Concentration Camp was not the largest, but it was one of the most significant because it was the first camp to be set up in Germany.  The many camps that were set up afterwards were modelled after the Dachau Camp.  The visit starts with passing through an eerie gate with “Arbeit Macht Frei” written on it, meaning “work sets you free”, which is absolutely deceptive because for the 60,000 people that resided at the camp over 12 years, there was nothing that was able to set them free, not to mention that those people were also used as subjects for inhumane experiments.

The memorial site now exhibits a piece of Germany’s terrifying history through posters, documentary films and sculptures.  The 34 barracks that the camp used to have were once torn down, leaving only the foundations visible.  The first row of the barrack have been rebuilt, and now the interior replicates the living conditions at the concentration camp.

More Information
Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site Official Website
Opening Hours : Daily 9 am – 5 pm, closed on 24th of Dec.
Admission Fee: 3.50 Euros, inclusive of audio guide.

   

By the time we got back to Munich, it was about 5 pm.  We went to the Viktualien Market for dinner as the market is supposed to have a lot of street food.  But what we didn’t realise was that it was not open at night ! There was only one stall selling olives left, so we just grabbed some sandwiches at Fisch Witte’s.  The scrumptious sandwiches were made with chewy bread and stuffed with lots of seafood.  Go for it if you see it at the Viktualien Market !


Day 5 : Day Trip from Munich to Fussen to visit  Neuschwanstein & Hohenschwangau Castle.

Visiting the Neuschwanstein Castle was definitely the highlight of our trip in Munich ! It was a magical moment to see the castle right in front of us ! The Neuschwanstein Castle was built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria; some refers to him as the Mad King because he spent so much money building fantasy castles. As a child, he lived with his parents, King Maximilian II and Queen Marie in Hohenschwangau Castle.  Hohenschwangau had lots of swan motifs within the castle (“schwangau” means swan in German”), which in turn inspired King Ludwig II to also build the Neuschwanstein Castle with a swan theme.

You’ll need a whole day at Fussen as the two castles and Mary’s Bridge are all located at a distance from each other. To get there, purchase the Bayern ticket at the kiosk at the train station, it will cover your transportation cost within Munich and Fussen for the day.  Once you get there, bus 78 will take you to the castle.  You might also want to consider brining your own lunch (you can grab some sandwiches to go at the train station) because there are specific hours to visit the castles, you can save some time and energy if you don’t want to walk back and forth on the hills too much. Read more about my day trip and how to get there –> here.

More information : Neuschwanstein Castle Official Website
Opening Hours : April to 15 October: 8 am-5 pm , 16 October to March: 9 am-3 pm
Admission Fee : 23 Euros for adults, for combined ticket for both castles on the same day.

These are the few train tickets that we used for travelling around Munich.  Price show is for 2 person.
Munchen XXL for going to Dachau, 7.1o Euros / person
Bayern Ticket for going to Fussen, 13 Euros / person
Innenraum for travelling within Munich, 5.6 Euros / person.

 

 

 

Dinner was at the Weisses Brauhaus, also near Marienplatz.  We enjoyed the porkilicious meal there with beer ! This restaurant has history that dates back to 1540, where a brewery was thought to exist at the present location.  The restaurant changed hands throughout the years and eventually it became under the management of the Schneider Family.  The family was granted the rights to brew beer and Schneider beer is the beer that you would get if you dine at this restaurant.  Did you know that there’s “alcohol-free” beer in Germany? It’s true.  Weisses Brauhaus was the very first place that I tried the beer.  It tasted exactly like beer, only a little lighter and I totally did not feel the effect of the beer ! Amazing isn’t it ?


Day 6 : Allianz Arena in the morning, travel from Munich to Berchtesgaden in the afternoon by train.  The train ride was about 3 hours.
Accommodation in Berchtesgaden : Gästehaus Jermann

Bayern Munich fans you would not want to miss the Allianz Arena ! The arena tour takes about 1 hour (10 Euros), which brings you to areas such as the audience seats, press room, changing room and the player’s tunnel.  Read more about my Allianz Arena tour –> here.

More Information : Allianz Arena Official Website
Opening Hours : 10 am – 7 pm.
Admission Fee : 10 Euros
Getting there :  take the U6 underground line from Marienplatz station (in the direction of Garching-Hochbrück) to Fröttmaning. It is about a 800 m walk from the station to the arena.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the arena tour, we departed for Berchtesgaden.  Dinner was at Watzmann Restaurant which served great food, and it was nearby our accommodation, Gästehaus Jermann.  By the way, in a few dishes we ate, the menu always said “dumplings”, which is totally not my understanding of dumplings.  When you see “dumplings” here, it usually means potato balls 😛

We wandered about town a little more, checking out the Berchtesgaden Castle. It wasn’t open of course as it was late, but visiting it is an option.  Find out more about the castle and its opening hours at Schloss Berchtesgaden’s Official Website.


Day 7- Berchtesgaden
Attractions : Konigssee (King’s Lake),  Lake Hintersee & Ramasau Village.
Accomodation in Berchtesgaden : Gästehaus Jermann

Before you start the day, get the “Gastekarte Erwachsee”, or the Guest Card from your hotel or host.  The card will cover your cost for bus rides when you travel around the Berchtesgaden region.  You can also get discounts for most of the attractions here with the card. We used this card for day 7 and day 8 of our journey.
This was our view that was absolutely beautiful when we we were making our way down from the guest house to the bottom of the hill.

Our first stop of the day was Konigssee, or King’s Lake that’s located within the Berchtesgaden National Park.  The lake is Bavaria’s deepest lake and visitors could cruise over the jade-green waters while admiring the mountains at the same time. Take Bus 841 from the Berchtesgaden train station, and you should reach the lake within 10 minutes.

When we arrived at the lake, I was expecting a basic boat dock with a small administrative building selling ferry tickets, but instead the area was more like a little Bavarian village.  We wandered about the village, checking out  little stores selling salt lamps, pretzels and semi-precious stones before buying our ticket to St Bartholoma (30 minutes ferry-ride). There’s a sandwich place at St Bartholoma so you could plan to eat lunch here,  or bring your own and have a great picnic session by the lake!  The ferries stop at three stops and you buy the roundtrip tickets accordingly – Kessel (10.50 Euros), St Bartholoma (14.80 Eurps) and Sallet (17.80 Euros).  Sallet is at the very end of the long lake and there’s a smaller lake, Obersee, located there.    For more information about the lake, see the official website here –>  http://www.seenschifffahrt.de/en/koenigssee . (Price quoted are discounted prices using the guest card).

We then moved onto visiting Lake Hintersee.  Many would visit Lake Hintersee and Ramasau Village by trekking through the Enchanted Forest, or “Zauberwald”, that connects these two places (around 1 – 2 hours trek) .  The two places are just a few bus stops away from each other.  We went to Lake Hintersee but didn’t go too deep into the forest as it started to drizzle.

Neither did we get to see much of Ramasau Village but only to see it from the bus as we passed by.


Day 8- Berchtesgaden
Attractions : Documentation Obersalzberg, Eagle’s Nest, Dinner at Hofbrauhaus.
Accommodation in Berchtesgaden : Gästehaus Jermann

The Documentation Obersalzberg is a museum that exhibits Hitler and Nazi history in the Obersalzberg area.  Hitler was very drawn to the scenic surroundings of the area, which lead him onto building a holiday home there.  Hitler’s presence brought Obersalzberg to fame, making Obsersalzberg a pilgrimage site.  Many Nazi leaders followed suit, also basing themselves in the area, eventually making Obsersalzberg an important base for the Nazis.  Obersalzberg was also instrumental in creating propaganda for Hitler.  Often, Hitler was captured in photos, as a simple man that enjoys nature, or a friendly man interacting with his neighbours.

The WWII bunkers beneath the Documentation Obersalzberg is also an interesting place to see.

More Information : Documentation Obersalzberg Official Website
Entrance Fees : 3 Euros for adults, 2.5 Euros for adults with Kurkarte (guest card).
Opening Hours : April until October, Mon – Sun, 9 am – 5 pm,
Opening Hours : November until March, Tues – Sun, 10 am – 3 pm, closed on Mondays

Restaurant Berggasthof Obersalzberg is just nearby if you wish to grab some lunch there.

Eagle’s Nest (or “Kehlsteinhaus” in German), is a historical building that was built atop the Kelstein mountain and given to Hitler on his 50th birthday. However, Hitler only visited the place 14 times.  Today, the building has been transformed into a restaurant. To get to Eagle’s Nest, we first went through a tunnel to get to the elevator at the end of the tunnel.  The elevator was interestingly embedded within the mountain, that took us 130 m up to the building.

We wanted to see the stunning aerial views of the region (like shown in our map), only to find out that it was so foggy up there and we could hardly see anything ! Oh well, at least we got a cool ride in an elevator built right in the middle of the mountain !

More Information : Eagle’s Nest Official Website
Opening Hours : May to October.
Entrance Fee : 14.60 Euros for adults with visitor’s pass, 16.10 Euros for adults without the pass.


For dinner, we went back to Berchtesgaden and ate at Hofbrauhaus. The restaurant was lovely and it had a live band too ! Perhaps the people here don’t see many Asian travellers here so we had some curious but friendly stares as we walked in.  A group of 4 German men joined our table as there were no more tables.  They didn’t speak much English but it was a fun night eating together with them.  They even bought us a gigantic salted pretzel ! We walked around Berchtesgaden a little more after dinner before calling it a day.


Day 9 : Travel from Berchtesgaden to Nuremberg (4 hours 30 minutes Train Ride)
Attractions : Nuremberg Castle and Nuremberg Old Town.
Accommodation : Gasthof-Pension Zum Schwanlein

**Note : If you have one or two days extra, head over to Salzberg in Austria which is just 30 minutes train ride away from Berchtesgaden.  You might instantly feel connected to Salzberg after hearing that it was the filming location for Sound of Music.  Not only that, Salzberg is also associated with Mozart as he was born there, and Europe’s oldest Cafe – Cafe Tomaselli, is also located in Salzberg.

It’s really easy to wander around Nuremberg on foot as the old town area is fairly small.  I walked around the area which had lots of charming architectures before reaching the Nuremberg Imperial Castle.

The Nuremberg Imperial Castle has history that dates back about 1000 years ago and it was one of the most important castle in the Middle Ages. The castle is now a museum that showcases Nuremberg’s early history when it was ruled by the Roman Holy Empire and the German Kings. Don’t miss climbing up the Sinwell Tower because it provides breathtaking view’s of Nuremberg’s skyline.

More Information : Nuremberg Castle Official Website
Opening Hours : April-September: 9 am-6 pm, October-March: 10 am-4 pm

Admission Fee :
Combination ticket (Palas with Double Chapel + Deep Well + Sinwell Tower +Kaiserburg Museum) : 7 euros regular
Palas with Double Chapel + Kaiserburg Museum : 5.50 euros
Deep Well + Sinwell Tower 3.50 euros regular


Day 10 : Day trip from Nurember to to Rothenberg ob der Tauber (1 hour + train ride), and a little bit of Bamberg but not recommended as it was too rushed.
Attractions : Rothenberg Ob der Tauber
Accommodation : Gasthof-Pension Zum Schwanlein

The fairytale town of Rothenberg ob der Tauber is absolutely gorgeous !!! It’s perfect in every corner with colorful half-timbered buildings, flowers on balconies and it’s so neat ! The Little Square (or “Plonlein”in German) is its most iconic landmark where everyone wants to take a photo at, featuring a yellow building flanked by two towers.  It’s also known for its Christmas Market and the inspiration for the Disney cartoon Pinocchio.

Unlike many of other German towns that were completely destroyed during WWII, Rothenberg was only partially destroyed.  Thankfully the US Assistant Secretary of War John J. McCloy recognised Rothenberg’s beauty and offered the then town mayor not to bomb the town in exchange for the town’s surrender.  Find out more about how to spend the day at Rothenberg –> here.

   

These “schneeballe” were everywhere in Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Basically it’s deep-fried dough coated with chocolate.

Had a great lunch at Rattstube Cafe that was right next to the central square (the central yellow building is the cafe).

Don’t sleep on the train when you are on your way to Rothenburg as the scenery along the way is beautiful !

By about 3.30 pm, I’d pretty much walked all over Rothenburg.  I figured that I had time to go to Bamberg because Rothenburg back to Nuremberg (you have to transit here) is 1 hour, and Nuremberg to Bamberg is another 1 hour, and I’ll spend the evening at Bamberg.  It was one of the rare times that I decided to go somewhere spontaneously without doing much research on it.  Bamberg was indeed enchanting and not as touristy as Rothenburg, though I didn’t get to spend as much time there as I had wished.

By the time I got to Bamberg, it was 5.30pm.  Unlike Rothenburg and Nuremberg, Bamberg is much bigger and you would need to go around by taking the bus.  Even the walk from the train station into the city was about 15-20 minutes.  The buses also stopped running by 6.30 pm which meant that I had to walk back to the train station instead of using the bus.  It was getting dark, shops were closing and there were not many people on the streets, so I decided to turn around and walk back to the train station to get back to Nuremberg.  Lesson learnt here is that Bamburg deserves a full day on its own !


Day 11 : Nuremburg
Attractions : Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds, Zepplin Field
Accommodation : Gasthof-Pension Zum Schwanlein

The Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds in Nuremburg, or Documentation Center for short, is housed in the North Wing of the unfinished congress hall built by the National Socialist Party.  Nuremburg being the home-base for the party, the unfinished congress hall is the largest architectural remains built by them and no other place would be more suitable to hold a permanent exhibit of “Fascination and Terror”, which showcases the rise and fall of Adolf Hilter, the progression of National Socialist movement and the crimes committed.  Special attention was given to events, things, people, architecture related to Nazi-ruled Nuremburg, with the Nuremburg trials being the closing chapter for this tormented piece of history.

More Information : Documentation Center official Website
Opening Hours : Mon – Fri 9 am – 6 pm.  Sat – Sun 10 am – 6pm.
Entrance Fee : 5 Euros for adults.

Getting there : S2 Line to Docuzentrum Station.  (The journey is not long, about 10 minutes or so but it is on a commuter line, the trains are less frequent, so do check the schedule at DB Bahn for precise schedule).

The congress hall was uncompleted so you see a lot of bare bricks and concrete inside the building.

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The field got its name as an air ship was landed at the location by Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin.  The Zeppelin Field is an iconic landmark in Nuremburg at a massive size of 312 m x 285 m that’s bigger than 12 football fields.  The smaller podium that’s protruding from the main grand stand was where Hitler stood, conducting Nazi party rallies, speaking to hundreds of thousands of his soldiers.   The original podium was much grander with pillars spanning from both sides of the main grand stand. The pillars had been removed as they were deemed unsafe.  There are posters in the area that shows what the field was like once upon a time.

More Information : Zepplin Field Official Website
Admission Fee : None
Getting there  – The field is part of the Nazi party rally grounds.  It is within walking distances from the Documentation Center.
Admission Fees : Free


Day 12 : Travel Nuremberg to Frankfurt (2 hours 30 minutes train ride)
Attractions : Nuremberg & Frankfurt
Accommodation : Frankfurt Hostel

Although it is Day 12 on this Germany Itinerary, it really was Day 33 on my trip to Europe. I was kinda tired after so much travelling that I didn’t visit any specific attractions in Nuremberg or Frankfurt.  I just hung out at the old town area and chilled.

I had also booked the 1 pm train ride online before I even departed for Europe, so I didn’t really have too much time to go anywhere in Nuremberg or Frankfurt as 1 pm was in the middle of the day.  I booked it so far ahead, thinking that my flight was the next day, and I should start heading back to Frankfurt by 1 pm so that in case there was any train delays, I still have time to catch the next train.

I did not realise that the Nuremberg –> Frankfurt route has many trains running so even if there’s any delay in one train, I could always easily catch the next one, so you don’t really have to book this in advance but just buy it from the kiosk in the train station as required.

If I hadn’t made the booking in advance, I would have visited Wurzburg on a 9 am train (1 hour train ride from Nuremberg), leave the luggages at the lockers in the train station, check out Wurzberg, then make my way back to Frankfurt.


Day 13 : Travel Home


Accommodation

Berchtesgaden : Gästehaus Jermann
This was our favorite place to stay in Germany.  It has a classic German interior design that overlooks the rolling hills.  The owner was super-friendly and the breakfast spread was the best throughout our stay in Germany.


Frankfurt : Frankfurt Hostel
It’s 5 minutes walk to the train station, which was really convenient for us to get to places.  It’s clean and there are many eateries around.


Munich : Pension Lindner
Great location that’s just 5 minutes walk to Marienplatz.  The room has an extra sofabed so you could fit three people if you want to.  We enjoyed the breakfast spread a lot.


Nuremberg : Gasthof-Pension Zum Schwanlein
Great location that’s located just by the city wall.  It’s close to both old town and the Nuremberg train station, which makes it a convenient base for visiting cities like Rothenberg ob der Tauber and Bamberg nearby.

 


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