We left Frankfurt on Saturday morning, spent Saturday afternoon at the Hitler Rally Grounds and accompanying museum, explored and had dinner in historic Nuremberg, and spent all of Sunday at Playmobil Land. A perfect weekend getaway!
First Stop...Nazi Party Rally Grounds and Documentation Centre
We drove directly from Frankfurt to the Nazi Party Rally Grounds and Documentation Centre. We parked and entered the Documentation Centre, and had a snack in the cafeteria as we discussed the history of the building. To be in a Nazi building was quite amazing. I noticed how hurriedly it had been built - the grout around the bricks is all sloppy. It's those little details that make visiting historic sites so authentic.
|Hitler's Podium Today|
|Signs on Podium Structure|
|Kids are not super into the significance of this place!|
Where we stayed....
We chose to stay in central Nuremberg rather than at Playmobil Land. This was a great choice as it was really fun to walk around Nuremberg in the evening and explore the historic (albeit rebuilt) center, and city walls. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Nuremberg City Center, which we really liked. Our room was enormous, and the location was great. We would recommend this hotel!!
|Spinning the good luck rings!|
|Nuremberg is pretty!|
Playmobil Land is awesome. It's a short drive from Nuremberg city center, and has adequate parking facilities. It wasn't unpleasantly crowded on a summer Sunday as it is thoughtfully designed and laid out. It's very reasonably priced to get in, and actually has no rides, it's not a theme park. It's rather a huge play land with life-size replicas of the famous Playmobil sets. We visited with three kids age 3, 6, and 8. I was a bit concerned that the 8 year old might feel too old - but that was not the case. It's very physical and our 3 year old was actually a bit young for many things.
This was a great weekend which perfectly balanced history, culture, and play. We had a blast!