Nuremberg is the only major city in Germany that has largely managed to preserve its medieval features to this day. It is called the most German city, the embodiment of the spirit of the country. It is the second largest city in Bavaria. The river Pegnitz crosses its center from east to west.
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The village of Norimberg is first mentioned in a document from 1050. In the mid-11th century, Emperor Henry III built a fortress on a high hill above the Pegnitz River. Its construction was finished under the reign of Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa (approx. 1125-1190) . According to one of the versions, where the Imperial Castle (Kaizerburg) now stands, there used to be the Roman fortification of Neronberg, named after the Emperor Nero. In 1219 Emperor Frederick II declared Nuremberg a free imperial city. Later Ludwig IV of Bavaria Wittelsbach (1282-1347) established a residence in the fortress. In the millennial history of Nuremberg there were more than 300 imperial visits.
In 1356 Emperor Charles IV laid down the procedure for the election of the emperor by the seven electors in the Golden Bull. After his coronation, the new emperor had to assemble his first Reichstag in Nuremberg. Thus the city acquired the status of “first among equals”. In 1423 Emperor Sigismund gave the coronation jewels and the city became “the treasury of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation”.
Nuremberg was among the first German cities to join the Reformation in 1525. In 1806 it was incorporated into the Kingdom of Bavaria.
The first pocket watch, thimble, clarinet, and lathe appeared here. As early as 1659 the factory production of pencils began.
In Nuremberg the astronomer and mathematician Regiomontan founded in 1471 one of the first astronomical observatories in Europe. It was here, in 1525, that Copernicus’ work “On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres” was published. Sculptors A. Kraft, P. Fischer and his sons, Veit Stos, inventor of pocket watch P. Henlein, geographer M. Bechheim lived and worked in this city. The philosopher G. W. F. Hegel served for eight years as director of the gymnasium in Nuremberg.
In 1662 the first German Academy of Arts was founded there, which still exists today.
With the change of world trade routes after the discovery of America and after the devastating Thirty Years’ War the city fell into decline.
In 1835 the first railroad in the country was built between Nuremberg and Fürth. From that time on the city began to develop into a modern industrial center.
The Nuremberg Laws of 1935 provided the “legal” basis for the persecution and extermination of Jews in the Third Reich. The pogrom newspaper Der Stuermer was published here.
During World War II, up to 90% of the city’s buildings were destroyed.
Nuremberg is also famous for its peaceful nature. At the beginning of the 20th century the city had 243 toy factories! In the postwar years there was regularly held an international, the world’s largest toy fair.
The old city with its narrow, crooked streets is surrounded by a 5 km-long fortress wall (1452) with numerous gates and round, powerful towers. These include the New Gate, the Spittlertor, the Laufertor, the Maxtor and the massive gate tower of the Konigstorturm (Royal Gate).
Have survived residential buildings XV-XVII centuries. with their characteristic high pointed pediments and an abundance of ornaments.
The best way to get around the Old Town is on foot. Let’s cross it diagonally from southeast to northwest.
Next to the Central Station is the Royal Gates (Konigstor), which can be reached by underground passage. Near it is arranged for tourists craftsmen town Nuremberg (Handwerkerhof “Nurnberg”) . Surrounded by ancient walls and towers are small half-timbered houses, where visitors acquainted with their craft masters to make pottery, handbags, dolls, blacksmiths, engravers of coins, glassblowers and bakers, bake the famous gingerbread “Lebkuchen.
The pedestrianized Royal Street (Konigstrasse) leads to Lorenzer Platz . Nearby on Hallplatz 2, one can admire the facade of the solid building of the Custom House (Mauthalle, architect G. Beheim Senior, 1498-1502) with the windows on the peaked roof.
The Lorenz Square is dominated by the largest St. Lawrence Church in Nuremberg (St. Lorenz-Kirche, Late Gothic, 1270-1477; Mon-Sat 9:00-17:00, Sun 13:00-16:00) . A beautiful rose window with a diameter of almost 9 m adorns the church. During the Second World War, the church was destroyed; it was restored to its original form in 1952. Among them: the monstrance by A. Kraft and the Annunciation by F. Stoss, an oval linden composition with 55 medallions depicting episodes from the life of Christ.
Opposite the church is the Nassauer Haus (13th century), the oldest noble house in Nuremberg. It became famous in 1431, when Emperor Sigismund left one of his crowns to the owner, Ulrich Ortlieb, as a reward for 1,500 guilders. In honor of this, the facade of the building is decorated with the imperial coat of arms.
On Lorenz Square the Fountain of the Virtues (Tugendbunnen, B. Wurzelbauer, 1589) also attracts attention. It is a jewel of the late German Renaissance. Six Virtues in the form of female figures surround the image of Justice.
The Museumsbrucke (Museumsbrucke) across the Pegnitz leads to the Main Market Square (Hauptmarktplatz) .
The bridge offers the best view of the Heilig-Geist-Spital, which is located on the island. Its construction began about 1331. In the Middle Ages it was the imperial treasury. The hospital has three fine inner courtyards, the largest of which has a Crucifix by A. Kraft. It also houses a Franconian-style restaurant.
To the right of the bridge, by the river, there is a monument to Hans-Sachs (1494-1576) – a folk poet and Meistersinger. Since 1874 the square on which it stands, bears his name – Hans-Sachs-Platz. Hans Sachs was born, lived and worked in Nuremberg.
The Main Market Square is more than six centuries old. During the reign of Frederick Barbarossa, Jews were allowed to settle there by the moor. In 1349, when plague was raging in the city, they were blamed for the plague. About 600 people were burned here on St. Nicholas Day.
On the site of the demolished synagogue, the Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche, 1352-1361) was soon built with beautiful stained glass windows. In 1509 a clock was installed in its belfry, where every afternoon a puppet show called The Running of the Men attracts the attention of those gathered on the square, reminding them of the Golden Bull that legitimized the election of the emperor as electors. The seven electors in red coats circle the seated emperor Charles IV three times as he swings his sceptre.
In the Gothic Old Town Hall (14th century, April – October, morning 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., November – March, morning 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., during the Christmas Fair daily 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) the jeweled Imperial Crown is exposed in a small exhibition room and the prison (Lochgefangnisse) can be visited in the cellars.
Next to the town hall is the fountain “The Man with the Goose”, especially beautiful with night illumination.
On the square there is also a fountain-well (Schoner Brunnen, 1385-1396) . It is decorated with a Gothic stone pyramid, 19 m high, with 40 figures in four tiers, depicting kings, knights and fantastic animals. The city’s first public artesian well was here. The openwork fence has two special rings – a gold (or rather, brass) ring and an iron ring. According to legend, a lovesick apprentice made them, eager to prove to his teacher that he was worthy of his daughter’s hand. The rings are one-piece, and it is not clear how the young craftsman managed to mount them on the fence so that they rotate freely. Some people are sure that spinning a gold ring is good luck.
Not far from the square is the church of St. Sebald (St. Sebaldus-Kirche, late Gothic, ca. 1240-1273) . In its interior there are preserved works by A. Kraft and F. Stos.
South of the church, just before reaching the River Pegnitz, the old wine storehouse (Weinstadel, 1446-1448) is of interest. This 58 m long house is one of the biggest half-timbered houses in Germany. It was originally a hospice for lepers. They were allowed to enter the city for three days during the Holy Week, after which they were kicked out again. Today it’s a student hostel.
We go upstairs to the half-timbered house of Albrecht Dürer (Albrecht-Durer-Strasse, 39, Thu 10.00-17.00, Thu 10.00-20.00, July-September, and on the Christmas market Fri 10.00-17.00). The famous artist lived there from 1509 to 1528. The furnishings of those years have been carefully recreated, although the only original pieces on display are a table and an engraving press. The story of Dürer is narrated by an actress-guide in the dress of that time, playing the role of the artist’s wife, Agnes.
The Kaiser-burg, one of the most interesting and largest castles in Germany (over 200 meters long and 50 meters wide), is the landmark of old Nuremberg. It was built on the red sandstone Castle Rock (Burgfelsen). The Emperor’s Castle (Kaiserburg, XII-XVI centuries; April-September 9 a.m.-6 p.m., October-March 10 a.m.-4 p.m.) is located on the western side of the rock, but its name extends to the entire castle. In its territory there are the most powerful buildings of the fortress: the Tower of the Gentiles (Heidenturm) and the Round Tower (Sinwellturm), the palace with state rooms and living quarters (Kemenate) and the Imperial Chapel (Kaiser-kapelle) . In the state rooms and living quarters of the castle there is almost no furniture and kitchenware. The apartments were borrowed from the rich citizens of the town before the Emperor’s visit and returned after his departure. The black eagles on the ceiling of the reception room are a reminder that these rooms were intended for the supreme person of the empire and his entourage.
In the center of the courtyard is the Well House, in it since the XII century, the water does not dry up, it rises from a depth of 47 m. For tourists there is a show with the descent of burning candles and a mirror. adjacent to the Imperial Castle Castle Castle Park.
The eastern part of the mountain takes Burggraf Castle (Burggrafen-burg, XI century) . It consists of the oldest buildings of the fortress. These are the pentagonal tower (Funfeckturm), the Walburgiskapelle and the Luginsland watchtower. The Pentagonal Tower is adjoined by the former Count’s Stables, which were later converted into a granary. In the 12th century the Burggrave’s Castle belonged to the Hohenzollerns. They did not get on with the townsfolk, who drove members of the powerful clan out in the mid-13th century. Since 1983 it has been occupied by a youth hostel.
From the castle observation deck on the south side an impressive panorama of the central part of Nuremberg opens up.
A special place in the city is the Palace of Justice (west of the Old Town, Justizpalast, Further Strasse, 110. You can get into the hall with a guided tour, which is held on weekends) . The international tribunal for the most important Nazi war criminals was held here in hall 600 from 1945 to 1946. The Nuremberg Trials were the ignominious end of National Socialism, Hitler’s party and the Third Reich.
Documentary Center “Blinding and Violence” (Dokumentationszentrum: Faszination und Gewalt)
Located in the southeast of Nuremberg next to the Luitpoldhain Park and Zeppelinfeld (Zeppelinfeld, 1935-1937) . On Hitler’s orders, Nuremberg was to be “for all time the site of the Party congresses”. In 1938, 1.6 million people gathered here for the congress of the NSDAP.
The center is located in the Palace of Congresses (Kongresshalle), which was not built under Hitler and was modeled on the Roman Coliseum. It was intended to hold 50,000 people. Today there is an impressive exhibition about the origins, history, congresses, crimes and the end of National Socialism.
Bayernstrasse, 110. Open: Mon-Fri 9 am – 6 pm, Sat 10 am – 6 pm.
German National Museum (Germanisches Nationalmuseum)
German National Museum was founded in 1852 “to save the cultural heritage of Germany”. The largest historical museum of the country. During the war almost all of its priceless treasures were saved. Currently, its holdings include 1.2 million items. In the halls one can see about 20,000 exhibits. There are a lot of monuments of early history and works of folk craftsmen. Among the treasures of the museum are: the first globe in the world, created by Martin Beheim in 1492, on which there is no America, not yet discovered by Columbus, a golden gospel from Echternach (Luxembourg), the oldest spring-operated Burgundian clocks and the first astronomical instruments. In the musical instruments department – the world’s largest collection of pianos. There are canvases by famous artists: Rembrandt, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Dürer, sculptures by Riemenschneider and Stoss.
Very interesting is the department of toys with doll’s houses. On display, for example, is a cross-section of a three-storey house, built four centuries ago: at the bottom is the wine cellar, the stable, a collection of household utensils, above – the servants’ quarters, the kitchen, the dining room, the burghers’ rooms, all with the finest details of furnishings.
The ruins of the Carthusian abbey were put under the roof of the museum when the building was completed after the war.
Open: Mon-Fri 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wed 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Aug 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Aug 1 Kartausergasse. Free admission.
Communication Museum (Museum fur Kommunikation) and German Railway Museum (DB Museum, opened in 1899)
These two museums are located in one building. Particular attention is paid to telephone and postal services and the history of rail transport.
A great place for the curious! Where else can you see the postal carriages and carriages, the first postage stamps? Or work on a Morse machine or a telephone switchboard?
Only here you can see a real steam engine, which ran on rails two centuries ago, or luxurious train carriages of Bavarian King Ludwig II.
Kids enjoy setting the toy locomotive in motion by simply pushing a button. Schoolchildren – and adults, too – can try their hand at driving. They take in their hands the handles of the movement and brakes – and off they go! Rushes toward the web of tracks and overhead wires, fast approaching train station platforms, flashing traffic lights. The effect of movement is created by the simulator, but all sensations, as well as the control equipment, are real.
It is impossible to pass by the model of the railroads: 0.5 kilometers of tracks, locomotive depot, marshalling yard, and various trains – fast, local, and freight. A real dispatcher with authentic equipment forms trains and activates dozens of toy locomotives. The train can be seen on Lessingstrasse, 6.
Open: Fri-Fri 9.00-17.00, Sat, Sat 10.00-18.00.
This museum is located in the heart of St. Petersen, where you can visit every year.
It is too cold in winter, so the best time to visit is from June to September.
Things to see and try
- Nuremberg Palace of Justice on Furterstrasse. After World War II, Nazi criminals were tried here.
- The local delicacy, lebkuchen (gingerbread), is best purchased at small bakeries. Choose the best variety, jelisenlebkuchen.
- Visit the house of Albrecht Dürer, where the great master lived and worked (from 1509 to 1528).
- If you make a wish, touch the golden ring of the Schoner Brunnen fountain three times and your wish will come true!
- The Nazis held their rallies and demonstrations in the city’s central square.
The “iron maiden” (a metallic cabinet with spikes), a frightening medieval torture device, was in reality nothing more than a hoax devised by the Nuremberg people in 1793.
City of Nuremberg (Bavaria, Germany) – reviews
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a city that left a strange impression
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From Dürer to the Nutcracker.
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Beautiful half-timbered city
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The most German of all German cities.
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It’s a beautiful city.
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