Photos of Neurnberg, Germany, by Stars and Stripes reporter Robin Hoecker. Read her accompanying Stripes European Travel story, “Nuernberg’s past and present are entwined.”

Many stone and covered bridges span the Pegnitz River, which winds through the center of Nuernberg.

The Heilig Geist Spital building hovers over the still waters of the Pegnitz river in downtown Nuernberg, Germany.

A Venetian-style gondola makes its way down the canal-like waters of the Pegnitz River, which cuts through the heart of Nuernberg’s old city.

The 62-foot-tall tower of the Schöner Brunnen, or “beautiful fountain,” stands along the edge of Nuernberg’s main marketplace. The square hosts fresh produce markets during the summer as well as the city's famous Christmas toy market.

Half-timbered houses that date to the 1300s line the streets around the Kaiserberg castle in Nuernberg, Germany. The area, next to artist Albrecht Dürer’s old house, is full of cafes and restaurants that serve delicious local dishes, including the city’s famous Nuernberger sausages.

The Koenigstor, or Kings gate, is one of four towers that stand along the 3-mile-long defensive wall surrounding Nuernberg’s old city. The tower, across from the main train station, is an example of how the city mixes the Middle Ages with modern life.

The Congress Hall stands guard at the end of the Great Street, where Adolf Hitler held his Nazi party rallies. The largest remaining piece of Nazi-era architecture, designed to make individuals feel small and powerless, the Congress Hall now houses a museum that documents the history of the Nazi party in Nuernberg.

Tourists stand on a platform on the the Zeppelin Grandstand, which was designed by Nazi architect Albrecht Speer in the mid-1930s and was used by Adolf Hitler for his speeches. U.S. forces blew the swastika off of the altar-like structure after their victory parade on April 22, 1945.

A golden ring in the gate of the Schöner Brunnen, left, is said to bring luck if spun three times.

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