The 10 Best Things to See in Nuremberg


Nuremberg: A City with a Dark History

Nuremberg is a complicated yet beautiful city. Inside the city center are old churches, castles, and castle walls. But its history is tainted by Hitler's obsession with making Nuremberg the home of the Nazi party. Known for the Nuremberg Laws, the Nazi Party Rally Grounds, and the Nuremberg Trials, the city has a dark history. But walk around and you'll meet some of the nicest people and see some traditional Bavarian architecture. No wonder Hitler believed that Nuremberg is the ideal German town. So here are some of the top things to see and do in Nuremberg.

10. Sausages: did you know that Nuremberg is known for its sausages? I didn't. And as a sausage lover, I was very pleasantly surprised to find out that you never have to go far to find a good sausage in Nuremberg. It is known for its small sausages that they can serve up to eight at a time. Eight! And there are different varieties as well. While there are plenty of other attractions in Nuremberg, you can't leave without trying the sausages!

Room 600 at the Nuremberg Courthouse
9. Frauenkirche: built for the Holy Roman Empire, this church is different in style than the other two main churches of the city. It is gothic in style but still very German looking. Known as the Church of Our Lady, it is one of the most important churches in the city, and one of the most beautiful.

8. St. Sebaldus Church: this church on a hill can be seen all throughout the city. It is one of the oldest churches of the city and one of the most beautiful. While it is similar in style to that of St. Lorenz, it still stands out.

7. Nuremberg Castle: on a hill above the city sits the castle. Once an imperial castle, today you can visit is as museum, or stay in the hostel that was once one of the wings of the castle. But climb up here for a great view of the city.

Zeppelin Field Grand Stand
6. St. Lorenz Church: this medieval church was damaged during the bombings of World War II. Since then it has been rebuilt in the original style. Its towers can be seen from many vantage points of the city and it is one of the main churches of the city.

5. Germanisches National Museum: this museum is a collection of historical artifacts. It is famed for having the world's first globe, which was made just before Columbus set sail in 1492. Outside is the Way of Human Rights, which lists in almost every language at least one declaration of basic human rights, such as equality before the law.

4. Zeppelin Field: this field was famed before Hitler used it for his enormous gatherings for the Nazis. It was where the Zeppelin airship landed in 1909. Since then, it was used for congresses for the Nazi Party. It is the location where thousands upon thousands of Nazis held their gatherings, with Hitler making speeches at the grand stand. Today it is used for other gatherings, more parties than political demonstrations. But seeing how massive the rally grounds are is something indescribable. The only word that comes to mind is eerie.

3. Jakobsplatz: every time I would walk by this square, something was going on. It is clearly one of the liveliest squares of the city. With its central location and being surrounded by churches and other important buildings, it is a great place to admire the beauty of Nuremberg or catch a performance.

Documentation Center
2. Nuremberg Trials Courtroom: after the end of the war, something incredible happened. Military and political leaders were put on trial before an international court for the first time in history. They were forced to become accountable for their horrific actions. Today it is a museum explaining the trials process in detail and you can even go inside the original courtroom.

1. Documentation Center: once a stadium for the rally grounds, this museum details the beginnings of the Nazi Party, the history of the rally grounds, and finishes with an overview of the trials. The museum comes with a free audioguide that allows you to choose how much or how little you want to know about the topics. Overall, it is a good museums that adequately educates people on Germany's dark past.

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