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Culture of Nurnberg. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Nuremberg The city of Nuremberg offers its guests a rich cultural program as the tourist destination has preserved plenty of historical landmarks and sights and offers various museums for exploration. A significant spot of tourist interest is the Albrecht Durer’s House owned by the famous painter at the turn of 15th and 16th centuries. The house served as a workshop for the painter. Today the building is reequipped into an interesting museum devoted to the creative work of the artist. Apart from astonishing paintings the museum presents a vast collection of antique units once owned by the painter.
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One of the main symbols of the city is a fountain with unusual name of Ehekarussel meaning the Marriage marry-go-round. The fountain is decorated with original statuary group created by Juergen Weber. The author of the fountain composition was inspired for creating of the masterpiece by the work of the poet Hans Sachs. The statuary group is a kind of illustration of one of the poet’s creations.
The German National Museum will be of great interest for all city guests. Its opening was held in 1852 and nowadays it is the largest scale museum devoted to culture of Germany. Its exposition presents more than two millions of showpieces among which tourists will find art creations and household items of local folks, antique firearms and handicrafts as well as archeological artifacts discovered on the territory of the city. Copyright
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Nuremberg is a place of location of another unique object being the Saint Lawrence Church. This is the largest religious building in the country executed in Gothic style. The building was constructed in the middle of the 13th century and was severely destroyed during the World War II. Only in 1952 architects managed to restore the construction. Some of the elements of the building still remain untouched, among which one will find an original rose like window being 9m in diameter.
Nuremberg The church keeps numerous religious artifacts and majestic statues, its inner halls and premises are as well of great interest to explore. Another interesting spot to visit in Nuremberg is the Krakow House. It is placed in the ancient tower. The opening of the Krakow House was held in 1996. This landmark is symbolic of friendship between Germany and Poland. Krakow now hosts the same type Nuremberg House. Pictorial art admirers should visit the Nuremberg Exhibition Center (Kunsthalle) which keeps a rich collection of paintings of German artists. Archeological science and natural history fans will love the Norishalle exhibition center which also keeps an interesting collection of unique items.
Despite the fact that Nuremberg is quite an old town, it perfectly combines ancient traditions and modern life. It doesn’t look like the majority of old cities of Europe, which are … Open
Nuremberg is notorious as a major SS center in the 30s and 40s. Today, the Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände Museum stands on the site of the ruined Congress Hall of the former Nazi party rallies. Its permanent exhibition (Faszination und Gewalt) is dedicated to the causes and consequences of World War II. Here you can find out in detail about everything that happened in Germany at that time. An interesting memorial installation is “The Way of Human Rights” (Straße der Menschenrechte) created by Israeli artist Dani Karavan in 1993. The way is a reminder of how human rights were once violated here and how they are still violated in other countries of the world.
Nuremberg - Frauenkirche The city once hosted the famous Nuremberg trials based on the principles that formed international law and which served as the starting point for the creation of the International Criminal Court. To be more precise, the military tribunals took place in Justizpalast, Courtroom number 600. As for its architecture, it is worth noting that this is the largest justice building in all of Bavaria built in 1916 in the neo-Renaissance style. During the First World War, a military hospital was located here. Only its dome was destroyed at that time but later restored. During the Second World War, the building was used by the Wehrmacht as a state institution. The Palace of Justice is available to the public once a year in November within the framework of the Memorium Nuremberg Trials.
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Walking along Frankenstraße, you can find a series of same-type buildings - former SS barracks. American barracks were located here after the Second World War. Today, the buildings are public property and house the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees. An interesting place for tourists is the underground labyrinth Kunstbunker, which has been known since the Middle Ages. Works of art were hidden here in 1939 so that they would not suffer during bombing raids. Today, it's a kind of art gallery where you can see several priceless works of Dürer, Behaim, as well as religious artifacts.
Nuremberg, Germany However, the city of Nuremberg is not only about World War II - there are many other interesting landmarks here. For example, Kaiserburg - a wonderful monument of medieval architecture. Today, the fortress is completely restored after the destruction during the war. The complex of buildings includes a museum, a dungeon, a beautiful observation deck offering stunning views, a chapel and a well, as well as gardens. One of the most picturesque places in the city and its hallmark is Heilig-Geist-Spital, which is perhaps Nuremberg's most popular tourist attraction depicted on all city postcards. The hospital is a magnificent building over the river offering amazing panoramic views.
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Local government institutions deserve the attention of tourists too. Among them is the Town Hall Nürnberger Rathaus built by Jacob Wolf Jr. in 1620. In the 1950s, it was rebuilt due to severe damage during the Second World War. The building is remarkable with its Gothic hall designed by Albrecht Durer. Just in front of the building is a majestic fountain fully justifying its name - Schöner Brunnen - some people come here for its sake alone. Another attraction hidden within the walls of the Town Hall is the medieval dungeons Mittelalterliche Lochgefängnisse. In the Middle Ages, prisoners spent time in cells located here waiting for sentencing.
Interrail Walking around Altstadt, one should not pass by such a rich medieval building as Mauthalle. It was built in 1502 by Hans Behaim but got its name only in the 19th century when it housed a customs office. Of great architectural interest is Pilatushaus, one of the few well-preserved houses of the late Gothic style. It was built in 1489 and passed from one owner to another until it became a state property in 1931. It is worth noting that it often hosts temporary exhibitions of modern art.
Cultural life in Nuremberg is rich in bright and remarkable holidays and festivals which are fully reflecting traditions and customs of local folks. The Volksfest festival is at best … Open
Of course, one should never ignore another important historical and architectural ensemble - Unschlittplatz. The square is linked to the name of mysterious Kaspar Hauser who asked two local residents for help right here, on the corner of house number 8. A memorial plaque by the house testifies to this event today. Any tourist route should certainly include a visit to Handwerkerhof where you can see traditional products of local craftsmen, taste signature dishes, and, of course, buy them. Not only Alstadt squares and parks but also cemeteries are worthy of visiting. Of interest are Johannisfriedhof where many famous figures are buried (including Albrecht Dürer) and Suedfriedhof with many mass graves of world wars victims.
Interrail Burgermeistergarten is for those who prefer more traditional places to walk. Fragrant flowers and green spaces, lots of trees and shrubs make it attractive for tourists. Frauenkirche stands out among Nuremberg's religious attractions. The shrine was erected in 1349 after an old synagogue was destroyed during an anti-Jewish raid. Severely damaged by World War II air raids, the building was restored in subsequent years. One should never pass by the Sebalduskirche, the oldest Lutheran church dating back to 1525.
Nuremberg is a perfect tourist destination for family vacations. The city is visited by the gastronomy tourism fans, night entertainment admirers, shop-a-holics and eco tourism enthusiasts. … Open
Every traveler will find several interesting museums in the city. One of these is the Naturhistorisches Museum presenting a lot of information about the local flora and fauna. It'd also be a good idea to check out the Merks Motor Museum with its rich collection of cars that is sure to impress even those who are not really fond of vehicles. For children, the city has two interesting cultural institutions such as the Spielzeugmuseum (keeps a collection of toys from different eras) and the Kindermuseum (providing various activities for children of any age). Fans of theatrical art will surely appreciate the time spent at the Staatstheater or Wundermanufaktur where great performances take place regularly.
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St. Lorenz, Nurnberg

» St. Lawrence’s Church stands on the foundation of ancient St. Lawrence’s Chapel. It dates back to 1235.
»  In 1350, the construction of a full-fledged church began. It was during these years that an openwork stone rosette with a diameter of 10 metres was created on the facade between the two towers. Later, people started to call it St. Lawrence’s star.
»  The towers of the temple often caused fires started by lightning that struck high spires. The bombing of 1943-1945 was just as destructive for the church.
»  The church’s valuables were prudently hidden in city cellars. The restoration of the church ended in 1952.
»  Today, you can see the 1477 stained-glass windows and a wonderful 20-metre tabernacle of 1496 in the St. Lawrence Church. The tabernacle is decorated with carvings and sculptural scenes from Christ’s life. Besides, there’s a valuable old sculpture of the Holy Mother (1290) and many other ancient treasures.

St. Sebaldus Church, Nurnberg

Location on the map:   Facts: » St. Sebaldus’ Church was named after a simple person, a hermit who lived in a forest near the city. The place of his burial became a place of pilgrimage for local residents, near which a basilica was built in 1248.
»  In 1379, it was expanded and named after St. Sebaldus.
»  During the World War II bombing, the church was badly damaged. However, many valuable historic artefacts were preserved by residents of the city and brought back after the restoration of the church.
»  Those were a bronze monument of St. Sebaldus (1508-1519) with a silver shrine storing a sack with the saint’s relics, a font for baptism (1430), an altar (1480), stained-glass windows based on drawings by Albrecht Dürer, and other valuables.

Nuremberg Castle, Nurnberg

» The Nuremberg Castle is an oldest construction that began to be built on a hilltop in the 11th century. The fortress can be divided into three parts: the Imperial Castle, The Burgraves’ Castle, and the Imperial City fortress. Each of them was erected at a different time.
»  The first and oldest one is the Pentagonal Tower (1105). Later, in the 12-13th century, the Walburga Chapel was built. It still exists and holds religious services.
»  The Sinwell Tower has an observation deck that has a wonderful view of Old Town.
»  A rock in the centre of the fortress has a 47-metre-deep well hollowed through it. A stone thrown down flies for 5 seconds till splash.
»  During the Second World War, the allied troops that occupied Nuremberg found a cache of looted valuables from European museums in the cellars of the castle. After the war, they were returned to their owners.
»  During recent archaeological research in the castle area, foundations dating back to 1,000 AD were found.

Church of Our Lady, Nurnberg

Location on the map:   Facts: » The Church of Our Lady stands on the site of the synagogue destroyed during the pogrom of 1349. The old foundation fragments were used during the construction of a new church. The drawing of the Star of David can still be seen on the floor.
»  The church was consecrated in 1358. In 1509, the facade of the church was decorated with a unique clock. At noon, a group of human figures appear from the clockwork and take an oath.
»  In 1806, when the Lutherans transferred the church to the Catholic community, the interior decorations (the organ, altars, benches) were removed. Including the clock figures.
»  The interior of the church was gradually restored with the help of monastic communities’ donations. The clock was also restored twenty years later.
»  The British bombings during the war destroyed the church building. Only the walls managed to survive. The church had been restored up until 1955. The last renovation took place in 2003.

Nuremberg State Theatre, Nurnberg

Location on the map:   Facts: » The Staatstheater Nürnberg is Germany’s largest theatre. Its construction was led by architect Heinrich Seeling. The grand opening took place in 1905.
»  The foyer of the theatre used to be decorated with a painting by Anselm Feuerbach called Battle of the Amazons. After the war, the building was reconstructed in 1936.
»  In 1959, a separate building of a drama chamber theatre was built. Another theatre stage called Blue Box has recently been erected to show premiere performances.
»  120 artists of various genres and 90 orchestra members work on these stages. The theatre’s annual repertoire includes 650 performances.
»  The auditorium has 1,000 seats. In 2003, the Nuremberg Theatre became the State Theatre.
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Map of all palaces
Public palaces near Nurnberg
♥   Palace 'Ansbach Castle' Ansbach, 45.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Altenburg Castle' , 49.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Alte Hofhaltung and Neue Residenz' Bamberg, 50.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'New Castle' Bayreuth, 65.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Art galleries in Nurnberg and around
♥   Art museum 'Germanisches Nationalmuseum' Nuremberg, 0.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Neues Museum Nürnberg' Nuremberg, 0.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Nurnberg
♥   Stephanskirche, Bamberg, 50.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Kirche St. Jakob, Bamberg, 50.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Michaelskirche, Bamberg, 51 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Kirche St. Gandolf, Bamberg, 51 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilika Maria Brünnlein Zum Trost und Christi Himmelfahrt, Wemding, 69.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilka Mariä Himmelfahrt, Staffelstein-Vierzehnheiligen, 73.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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