Frankfurt & Nürnberg travel by US-American Rick Steves, 25 mins, in English.
Berlin unter den Alleierten, 1945-1949
Doku auf Deutsch, 1 hour 30 mins on the hard life in post-WW2 Berlin under allied forces and how people survived and rebuilt the city. Scenes that took place in one form or another all over the country.
Bensheim is a town in the Bergstraße district of Hessen, Central Germany. It lies at the edge of the Odenwald mountains and has an open view over the Rhein plain. Similar to other places along the Bergstraße, it is known for its particularly mild and sunny climate with roughly 2,000 sunshine hours per year and Germany’s earliest onset of spring. Under the Odenwald’s protection, subtropical figs, kiwifruit, almonds, and peaches thrive here, giving the Bergstraße its nickname of the „Germany’s Riviera”. Bensheim has grown out of a village that had its first documentary mention in the 8th century. In the 14th century, it was granted town rights. In 1945, much of the Old Town was destroyed by incendiary bombs, but has since been rebuilt.
Cuxhaven is a seaside resort in Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony), Northern Germany, located on the mouth of the river Elbe on the North Sea coast. Until 1937, it was part of Hamburg; in a reorganization, 2 other towns that were part of Prussia were given to Hamburg in exchange for Cuxhaven. With 55,000 citizens, it’s a small town, which can boast 3 million overnight stays a year, making it one of Germany’s most popular seaside resorts. Between 1945 and 1964, about 500 rockets were launched nearby, the best known being three V2 rockets during “Operation Backfire”, in order to demonstrate to Allied forces the technique of the “wonder weapon” in 1945. The only thing remembering rocketry today is a trough near the way from Arensch to Sahlenburg. Cuxhaven is a quiet place. If you’re looking for action and parties, it’s not the right destination. If you’re looking for a quiet city by the sea, it’s a good choice. This is the area of the North Sea where the water recedes to extreme degrees during low tide. It’s one of the main reasons why people visit. You can take walks, look at crabs, build castles from sand and mud or ride horse-drawn buggies to the island of Neuwerk as the water recedes.
The Zeil is a shopping street in downtown Frankfurt, Central Germany. The name, which dates back to the 14th century, is derived from the German word Zeile = “row” and originally referred to a row of houses. Since the end of the 19th century it has been one of the most famous and busiest shopping streets in Germany. Before WW2, it was also known for its grand buildings, but most of them were destroyed in the war and not rebuilt. The western part is a pedestrian zone between 2 plazas, Hauptwache and Konstablerwache. These serve as intersections for subway, trams and buses. The eastern part of the Zeil, called “New Zeil”, connects Konstablerwache with the Friedberger Anlage.
The original opera house in Frankfurt am Main in Hessen, Central Germany, is now the Alte Oper (Old Opera), a concert hall and former opera house. It was inaugurated in 1880 and destroyed by bombs in 1944, then rebuilt, slowly, in the 1970s, opening again in 1981. Many important operas were performed for the first time in Frankfurt, including Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana in 1937. The square in front of the building is the Opernplatz (Opera Square). The Alte Oper is located in the Innenstadt (inner city) within the banking district so it’s right next to the very modern highrises, creating the common German view of „old meets new“. The actual Frankfurt Opera house is now in a modern building nearby, completed in 1951, which it shares with a theater company. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opern-_und_Schauspielhaus_Frankfurt