Every year, a group of ex-pat bloggers living in Germany gather for a weekend of fun, tourism, food, and drink. This gathering is called WEBMU – the Whiny Expatriate Bloggers Meet-Up. The location is different each year- in 2012 the gathering was in Berlin. In 2013, the group gathered in Prague, but I didn’t make it to that one. This year, we met in Nuremberg roughly halfway through the month of September.
The attendees were:
- Cliff and Sarah from Regensblog
- Meg from Geek Mädel
- Snooker from Snookspot
- The Honourable Husband from Deutschland Über Elvis
- Heather from Heather Goes Deutsch
- Ali from Ali’s Adventures
- Andy from Grounded Traveler (and Ali and Andy write a few other blogs together.)
- Resident Evil, who does not have a presently active blog.
A WEBMU weekend typically runs Friday through Sunday, with the early arrivals taking a day trip to an alternate location in the daytime in Friday. This WEBMU was no exception, and we met up at 10am to visit scenic and moist Bamberg. Most of the pictures I took in Bamberg are similar to the pictures I took the first time I visited Bamberg, so I’m not going to include too many of those here. If you’re curious, you can look at the previous Bamberg post. (Also, it was raining all day, so many of my new photos have rain drops on the lens. I really need to get a lens hood.)
One of the first things we saw in Bamberg was this randomly placed elephant. We’re all pretty sure it’s an advertisement, but it was still random enough to warrant a photograph.
We went to the Altes Rathaus, and to the local cathedral to look again at the Bamberg Rider.
We were in Bamberg on the same day that there was a party for the closing of U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg, so we stumbled across the Burrito Bandito. It was a little strange seeing US Army guys in fatigues while out and about in Germany.
While waiting for the train back to Nuremberg, we were witness to the Hochzeit of two smaller trains. The coupling is almost entirely automatic for this type of train, so it was kind of fascinating to watch. We were all mesmerized, to the great amusement of the conductor from the train on the left.
Fast forward to Saturday, and we started the day with a small city tour… in the rain.
Here’s the tour route, just for fun:
This is one of the two brass rings embedded into the wrought iron-work in Schöner Brunnen, a rather nifty fountain in the city’s main market square near the town hall. It is said that spinning the brass ring will bring you luck. The fountain itself is a reproduction; the original lives in the city’s historical museum.
It’s rather amazing to me that I’ve been in Germany for this long and I didn’t manage to get a picture with a section of the original Berlin Wall until this trip. Here it is.
Albrecht Dürer is kind of a big deal in Nuremberg. His house is near this statue.
One of Dürer’s most celebrated creations is this creepy-ass rabbit. The dude with the pink umbrella just makes it so much more surreal, don’t you think?
This store’s sign caught my eye because it’s a rather nifty play on words. Bohne & Kleid in German is “Bean and Dress,” but it sounds quite a bit like “Bonnie and Clyde.” It made me giggle.
One of the nifty things about Nuremberg is that a large portion of the old city wall is still intact like this section on the right.
A bunch of these old cities have St. George and the Dragon themed stuff floating around. It’s all very Trogdor-oriented.
Nuremberg also has a reasonably well preserved castle, part of which is pictured here.
Big castles have big doors.
Here’s the requisite view of the city from the castle’s ramparts.
Later in the day, Cliff and I ventured in to the Deutsche Bahn Museum, a place I had wanted to visit for quite a while. It had some fantastic vintage carriages.
An old rail-running bicycle looking thing was on display. This reminds me a little bit of the scene from Blazing Saddles with the quick-sand.
What would a train museum be without incredibly detailed models?
The DB Museum had a ton of great photographs up showing the construction of the railways and bridges. Most of those pictures didn’t come out well enough to post, but this will give you an idea of how amazing and fascinating the historical photographs were.
Any good train museum would also cover that uncomfortable part of Germany’s history where the railways were part of the World War II experience. Here’s a train conductor’s uniform from that era.
The best part of the exhibit was the various trains set up along the outer edges of the museum. Here’s a mostly-plastic model of an ICE train. You couldn’t even sit down inside. The real thing is much nicer.
Apparently, 6th class train rides involved standing up in a giant rectangular train carriage with no roof. Still beats walking, I guess.
Compare that last one to first class, which has velvet seats and a nice terrace from which you can have champagne toasts.
Speaking of first class, the Prince’s carriages were present in the museum. They’re very fancy.
The Prince’s carriage had a green room that Cliff thought was amazing.
I was more partial to the blue room in the Prince’s carriage. What can I say? I like blue!
There were also some massive old steamers in the museum.
When I say massive, I mean massive. These wheels were nearly as tall as I am.
…and you can step up into some of them for hammy moments. Here’s Cliff, waving hello from the conductor’s window.
Have you ever been to the DB Museum? Have you visited Bamberg or Nuremberg?