The Main-Donau-Kanal summit monument, near Pierheim at KM 102.2, marks the divide between the watersheds of the Rhine/North Sea and the Danube/Black Sea. The route joins the Altmuhl river valley, following it down to the junction with the Donau at Kelheim. The summit elevation is 406 metres (1,332 ft) above sea level, the highest point on Earth that is currently reached by commercial watercraft from the sea.
The major city of northern Bavaria, Nürnberg and surroundings are second in size only to Munich. It has a long history in Christianity, Islam and Judaism, as well as most other religions (even atheism); there are many religious buildings and monuments throughout the city. On the other hand, Nürnberg was used by the Nazis as ‘City of the Party Rallies’. It was almost totally destroyed by Allied bombing in WWII; after the war it was the site of the ‘Nuremberg trials’ of war criminals.
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