The variety of opportunities that we get to share and offer to members of the IGers Birmingham community is ever growing and ever more exciting. Exclusive access to Birmingham Botanical Gardens, tickets to Warwick Castle, and an evening in the penthouse of one of the city’s most iconic landmarks are the opportunities we’ve offered in the last month alone. But the chance to take five members of the IGers Birmingham community on BMI Regional’s first flight from Birmingham to Nuremberg was even more exciting than normal! A flurry of messages and bookings ensued over the next 10 days, and before we knew it the selected IGers and I were at the check-in desk at BHX.
We arrived in Nuremberg after a pretty pleasant 1.5 hour flight (free tea, coffee & sandwiches which are standard on BMI flights apparently). The plane was greeted by an arch of water provided by the hoses of the fire trucks, which is traditional for a maiden flight. It was then a short and relatively easy trip on the subway in to Nuremberg itself. After checking in to our hotel it was a short stroll in to the city center.
We were headed to meet two Nuremberg residents – Robert and Johannes. One of the great things about being an IGers community is that you are part of a global network of like-minded groups and people. As soon as we accepted BMI’s invitation, we were straight on to Instagram to discover whether or not there was an IGers Nuremberg. As luck would have it – there was (although it is spelled the German way @igers_nuernberg). We got in touch and were very pleased when two of their admins kindly agreed to meet up with us and show us the sights. Robert (@huggynbg) and (@johannesbarthel) took us on whistle-stop tour which, as is traditional on an instameet, involved a drink or two!
After the tour we were able to experiment with a bit of light-painting, which you can see in the image at the start of this instablog post. Well done to Jay for shooting the photo and Sim for doing the writing – would you believe it only took 3 attempts?!
A bit about Nuremberg
Nuremberg is located in the middle of Germany, about 110 miles north of Munich. The city dates back to at least 1050, and as such it has a picturesque Old Town which is full of cobbled streets which rise towards the Imperial Castle. In more recent times, Nuremberg came to prominence due to its links with a certain dictator. Many people will have heard of the city due to the Nazi Rallies that were held there. Nuremberg was chosen due its location in the centre of the German Reich and there was a suitable venue for them to be held.
Towards the end of WW2 the city was bombed quite severely. Much of the Old Town was destroyed but it has been rebuilt to emulate its pre-war days. After WW2, the city became “famous” again – this time due to the Nuremberg trials. These were a series of military tribunals held by the Allied forces to prosecute many prominent Nazis. In the 1990s the Way of Human Rights (Straße der Menschenrechte) sculpture was installed, in part to try and shake off its Nazi-era reputation and reinvent itself as a “City of Peace and Human Rights”.
The rest of this instablog post features shots of some of the highlights of our time there, as well as a few facts that we picked up. You’ll see shots by me (@BethAstington), Jay Sidhu (@Sidhu88), Sim Singh (@mr.simsingh), Abi Rewhorn (@arewhorn), Jon Crampton (@joncrampton) and Martin O’Callaghan (@ocuk). Make sure you check out their accounts to see all their shots and we’ll also be posting more on the IGers Birmingham facebook page.
You will notice that the weather is quite different across the shots. Over the 36 hours or so that we were there, we encountered warm sunny skies, some rain in the evening which enabled some fab reflection shots, and some threatening-looking rain clouds.
St. Lorenz Church (Lorenzkirche)
This is a key landmark in the city. Construction started in 1250 and different sections added until 1477, but as with many buildings, it was bombed in WW2 and some of it required restoring. It’s possible to get tours of the building, including up to the top of the bell tower, however there wasn’t one on the days we were there but Robert had kindly arranged a special tour for us. Michael from the church took us up the 232 steps to the top – as you can see, the views were certainly worth it though!
The Imperial Castle (Nürnberger Burg)
The medieval castle sits on top of a hill. There are gardens to explore and a great area to enjoy views across the whole city (you can also go inside but we didn’t have the time).
St Sebaldus Church (Sebalduskirche)
This is a medieval church in the northern part of the old city. Construction began in 1225 and was completed in 1273-75. The two towers were added in the fifteenth century. Like much of the city, it sustained damage in WW2 and was restored.