Europe on a whim travel blog

Having the oldest beer in the world

With Gena and Sveta

With Vladik

Waking up at a reasonable hour was something that my relatives mentioned in jest today. I had a busy day ahead of me. In the morning I walked around Nuremberg with Vladik. Nuremberg is really a beautiful city, and most of the buildings around the center are new, as the older ones were destroyed during World War 2. One of the main aspects that tourists love about Nuremberg is the Nuremberg Ring. It's a ring that's held within an Iron Fence, and it brings luck to anyone that touches it. I'm hoping for some of that luck myself!

My aunt and uncle, knowing how much of a fan of beer I am planned a day trip to Weltenburg, home of Europe's oldest existing beer (circa 1050!). Needless to say, I enjoyed the beer, and the scenery couldn't have been better. What I liked most about Weltenburg was that it wasn't crowded with tourists - there were a handful of Americans, but for the most part we were able to walk around without a problem.

After getting back from Weltenberg, my family's eyes were glued to the TV to watch the final of the German Championship of soccer that featured Nuremberg and Stuttgard. Nuremberg which isn't a traditional powerhouse and was seeded 6th heading into the championship was a big underdog against Stuttgard. In what was a very exciting game that featured several yellow cards, a red card and a beautiful goal from at least 50 feet out (which turned out to be the decisive goal), Nuremberg prevailed 3-2 in Overtime.

My final night in Nuremberg concluded with a farewell dinner, which was sad for everyone. It's unfortunate that I haven't been able to spend much time with Gena, Sveta and Vladik, but I'm simply grateful for the time that we had together, and hope that I can see them soon!

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