thursday: day off! unfortunately, mrs d has to work 🙁 so i decide to do something i’ve been planning for a long time to do: visit the [toy museum in nürnberg]!
[toy museum in nürnberg]: http://www.spielzeugmuseum-nuernberg.de/
i take the 30 bus from erlangen to nürnberg thon, then the 4 tram to hallertor, and for the last bit the 36 bus to hauptmarkt…first stop: the christmas tree ornament exhibition at the cityhall — as it is past christmas, the world famous nürnberg christmas market is already being dismantled and i’m almost the only visitor to the exhibition. it is quite interesting: i learn about “leonische drähte” (very thin wires, the art of manufacturing which dates back to the 1500s and was introduced by artisans coming from lyon), tinsel, glass spheres, war-time folding christmas trees (“only takes up one half of a front package!”) and a bit about the history of the nürnberg christmas market.
next stop: coffee at [café neef], then the toy museum.
lots to see, but i’m really fascinated by the mechanical toys of the [ernst paul lehmann patentwerk] section (better known today for their scale IIm indoor & outdoor model trains), the mechanical construction kits ([meccano], [märklin], [trix], [bing], et al) as well as the [anker builder construction kits].
[café neef]: http://www.confiserie-neef.de/home/home.aspx
[ernst paul lehmann patentwerk]: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lehmann-Gross-Bahn
[anker builder construction kits]: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anker-Steinbaukasten
however, the _piece de resistance_ is the _omaha, nebraska model train layout_, built in [S gauge] by dr. wolfram bismark — and that is “built” in the literal sense: he (and a couple of helpers) built everything from scratch, trains, building, tracks, everything. the whole layout is about 30m² large and very detailed. the amazing thing is that he never ever was in omaha, nebraska (the video about him and his work, therefore, nicknames him the _[karl may]_ of model railroads)…i spent about an hour taking it all in.
[karl may]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_May
[S gauge]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S_gauge
concluding my visit to the toy museum is a special exhibition titled “Oh, What a Lovely War! War and Propaganda in Parlour Games” (the english translation of the title is a bit misleading: it is really about board games, not parlour games; the exhibition is running until 18 february 2007) about
> _…the preparation for and beginnings of World War II as reflected in the world of parlour games. These games were to serve as propaganda tools, strengthening morale, demonising the enemy or hinting that victory might be possible at the throw of a dice. They were played in parlours and nurseries, but also in air raid shelters, at the front or in POW camps._ —[[toy museum exhibition]]
quite interesting, showing games and puzzles from all participants of world war II — all about equally weird…
[toy museum exhibition]: http://www.museen.nuernberg.de/english/english/spielzeug_e/pages/veranstaltung_e.html#exhibit
i browse through the toy museum’s toy shop, find nothing that really entices me, and decide to finish the afternoon with a coffee in the literaturcafe (where i continue reading _[seegrund]_, spend some time observing people, and have a latte macchiato, a dry sherry, and an apple tart 🙂
> _p.s.: in case you are interested, [dr toy] has a [nice write up of the toy museum]…_
[dr toy]: http://www.drtoy.com/
[nice write up of the toy museum]: http://www.drtoy.com/about_drtoy/sprechen.html