When I tell people that I’m going to Nuremberg to report on the Embedded World exhibition (Feb. 13-15), about 50% of them respond with the line: “That must be a bit of a trial.” You’re right. It’s not that funny and even less so when you’ve heard it as many times as I have. So, okay, I’ve been to Nuremberg lots of times covering electronics exhibitions and conferences, and I have to say it’s a great city and the Nuremberg Messe is a good exhibition venue.
Forget the immediate history of Nuremberg. Sure it was the location for the war crimes trial of some of the senior members of the Nazi party. Sure it’s considered to be the city that Hitler declared as the natural centre for his fascist movement. However, Nuremberg goes back much further than that.
Archaeologists have confirmed the existence of settlers in the area from the prehistoric age onwards. Still, it was not until the year 1050 that Emperor Henry III first logged Nourenberc (rocky mountain) in an official document.
The Staufer dynasty did much to contribute to the fact that Nuremberg became an increasingly important location within the German Empire. In fact, they held many Reichstage (imperial parliaments) there.
For more on the history of Nuremberg go to: http://www3.oag.com/Cities/Guide?city=137&guideID=2&cat=2
Nuremberg may be instantly identified with its Nazi past, but how many people know it’s one of the great traditional toy centres of the world and plays host annually to the International Toy Fair? And let’s not forget the lovely market square, at which Nuremberg annually stages a superb Christmas (Christkindlesmarkt) market.
Have look at: http://www.moswin.com/xmas_nuremberg.htm
Rebuilt to original building plans, Nuremberg did have a pretty bad time in World War II. Over 90% of the historic Old Town was destroyed and, after Dresden, this was most heavily bombed German City. But walk through the old part of the city today and you’d think you’re strolling through a 13th century town. All credit to the city of Nuremberg. They rebuilt the old town to the same architectural designs of the original buildings and it really does look authentic.
EMBEDDED WORLD 2007
So what’s this show all about? Well you can expect to see technology that will span the following areas:
- New embedded modules
- Embedded design process / tools and debugging
- Embedded operating systems / application software
- Software development, quality and security
- Wired and wireless communication systems
- Bus systems in embedded applications
- Embedded Internet / Internet security
- Interesting alternative embedded applications
- Real-time systems and their applications
- Automotive and control-related applications
- Reconfigurable systems
- Application reports
For more details browse: http://www.embedded-world-2007.de
BEING THERE MEANS GETTING THERE
For the overseas visitor, Nuremberg isn’t as accessible as its exhibition rival city, Munich. Few flights go direct. An exception for English visitors is Air Berlin, which flies directly into Nuremberg from London Stansted. It’s good and it’s cheap. For the long-haul travelers, the best bet is to either fly to Frankfurt and then transfer to another short flight to Nuremberg, or take the highspeed train. Alternatively, you can fly into Munich and then get the high-speed train from there.
My recommendation is to fly into Frankfurt. The train station is part of the airport complex. Get get over into Frankfurt at about 10.00 am, to the train station at about 11.30 am, and enjoy a high-speed ride on the ICE to Nuremberg. It takes about 1.5 hours. Use the buffet car. The food is pretty good and you can sit back, relax, and consume as the train zaps you through the Bavarian countryside at over 200KMP... Prost!
For travel details: http://www.europeanrailguide.com/trains/ice.html
NOW YOU ARE IN NUREMBERG
My standard advice always applies about hotel accommodation. Do not stay near the exhibition. Forget ideas of morning efficiency and time pressures, meetings, and what have you.
I recommend staying as near as possible to the Alte Stadt, Nuremberg’s historic city centre. (And you know what? It really isn’t very far from there to the exhibition grounds. See more detail in my Getting To Work section.) The Alte Stadt is simply stunning—great architecture, charming pedestrian precincts, good restaurants and bars, picturesque churches, and, of course, the must-visit Bratwursthäusle, Nuremberg’s Sausage Eating House. Vegetarians are strongly advised not to enter this establishment.
For what’s on the menu look at: http://travel.yahoo.com/p-travelguide-2880357-bratwursthausle_nuremberg-i
Having risen to the challenge of the Nuremberg sausage (Nuremberg has its very own trademarked speciality sausage that must be tried and eaten with a challenging dollop of sauerkraut), you will of course need to ensure your hydration is up to spec. There are scores of bars, but a visit to the microbrewery Bar Fusser will satisfy most thirsts
A final note on the sustenance front for those who prefer the more sophisticated dining that’s often described as modern European in style (whatever that means), there’s the impeccable Sebald Restaurant. Very very nice food but not cheap, so make sure you are cleared for that on your expenses budget.
GETTING TO WORK
Ok, enough enjoying yourselves. Why are we in Nuremberg? Ah yes, the Embedded World 2007 exhibition.
Very easy to get to from the City centre. From the Hauptbahnhof (Main rail station) use the U Bahn train Line U1. Board the train heading to Langwasser Süd. It’s only six stops to the exhibition (alight at the station called Messe). The journey time is about 12 minutes long from the Hauptbahnhof...hence my advice to stay in the old part of town rather than some dull faceless hotel near the exhibition.
For train details see: http://urbanrail.net/eu/nue/nuernbg.htm
Also on the above web page are guides about the fare structure. Unlike the Munich U-Bahn/SBahn fare structure that even Einstein would’ve failed to comprehend, Nuremberg’s system is a lot smaller and correspondingly easier to understand price-wise.
So you are at the show. It’s compact compared to the gigantic electronica techfest staged in Munich, but it still boasts about 500 exhibiting companies. It’s easy to navigate around this event. Nonetheless, don’t expect to see all of the new technology that will be packed in there.
For the stuff you happen to miss at Embedded World, Electronic Design Europe will fill in the gaps, with reports coming from a mixture of magazine articles and technology video clips that we’ll be shooting live at the show.
And don’t forget to try those Nuremberg sausages.