Nuremberg in Franconia
The centre of Nuremberg is not only a wonderful place for the staging of trade fairs and congresses it also holds great fascination for those coming in search of culture and of new experiences. On the one hand Nuremberg has an international airport and a state-of-the-art trade fair centre and on the other the historic centre of the city is a little gem with everything one could ever wish for: fabulous museums, plenty of attractive shopping, cosy restaurants and bars and welcoming beer gardens.
The world-famous Christmas market and Albrecht Dürer are just two reasons for the city’s fame. The international toy fair, the Kaiserburg and the Crafts’ Yard are an absolute must alongside the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, the Documentation Centre Party Rally Grounds and the new memorial to the Nuremberg trials. There’s always something to see or do in Nuremberg, which is situated on the Castle road of Germany.
The most important sights
The Kaiserburg Nuremberg is one of the most important imperial palaces dating back to the Middle Ages. Emperor Friedrich I Barbarossa and his heirs built this enormous and most impressive of fortresses high on a rock above the city. Between 1050 and 1571 each successive German king or emperor of the Holy Roman Empire resided and held court here. The vistas from the viewing platform reach far across the rooftops of Nuremberg.
Albrecht-Dürer’s house showcases the setting in which Germany’s leading painter and graphic artist worked and lived. Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) resided in this magnificent half-timbered house from 1509 until 1528. The house comprises a reconstructed parlour, a kitchen and a large studio and workshop with a printing press that still works to this day. A 15-minute multi-media show depicts the life and works of Albrecht Dürer. On the top floor is a special exhibition through which visitors are guided by the voice of Agnes Dürer via a multi-lingual audio guide. If you are really lucky you may even be treated to a tour by the lady herself, played of course by an actress.
The obligations of our past - Documentation Centre Party Rally Grounds
The north wing of the congress hall that was designed yet never completed by the National Socialists to hold some 50,000 people, today houses the Documentation Centre Party Rally Grounds. 1,300 square metres of exhibition space is home to a permanent exhibition entitled “Fascination and Terror“ documenting the background, interconnections and repercussions of the National Socialist tyranny. This provides pupils, students and groups of young people and adults with plenty of opportunity to learn more and investigate further a wide range of related topics.
The Memorial Nuremberg Trials
The trials of leading war criminals began in the courtrooms of the Nuremberg’s palace of justice on 20th November 1945. 21 leading lights of the NS regime had to answer to an international court for their crimes against peace and humanity. From 1946 to 1949 a further 12 trials were held before an American military court. The importance of these trials in the development of international criminal law as we know it in our modern day era made court room 600 famous the world over. This permanent exhibition that opened at the end of November 2010 in the original setting of the trials documents the lead-up, the proceedings and the repercussions of the trials. Historic audio tapes and films all convey a vivid and very realistic impression of the trials.
Nuremberg museum of toys
Nuremberg’s toy-making past dates way back to medieval times. Today, the wealth of unusual exhibits covering some 1,400 square metres brings this rich past well and truly to life. In addition to dolls, toy shops, tin figures and toys, dolls houses and a huge model railway there are also displays of more modern day toys such as Lego, Barbie, Playmobil and Matchbox.
The DB Museum which was founded in 1899 and was originally known as the „Royal Bavarian Railway Museum“ looks back over some 100 years or more of railway history. The centrepiece of the DB Museum is an exhibition showcasing the history of the railway in Germany. Waiting rooms, and railway carriages makes a walk through this exhibition and exciting trip back in time through the country’s railway past. Original saloon coaches of Fürst Bismarck and Bavaria’s Fairytale King Ludwig II are very realistically displayed
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