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  • Symmetrische Figur von Hajime Togashi
  • Der Krieger von Marino Marini
  • Straße der Menschenrechte
  • Insekt von Max Söllner
  • Welthandel von Hella Rosner-Böhnlein
  • Tanzendes Bauernpaar von Waldemar Grzimek
  • Die Kauernde von Wilhelm Uhlig
  • Grande Disco von Arnaldo Pomodoro

Artistic Nuremberg


Art in public was and is a topic in Nuremberg since quite a while. Next to classic house- and saint figures we find many examples of contemporary art within the city centre. Especially in 1971, the Symposium Urbanum added many sculptures, which now decorate  – sometimes more, sometimes less conspicuously – the city of Nuremberg.

We leave the Hotel Victoria and head towards the inner city to the left. On the left hand side at the Hallplatz we see the Zentrale Denkmal Flucht und Vertreibung 1945, which was created by Joachim Bandau (1). The Freestate Bavaria built the monument here in 1999.

At the corner of Hallplatz/Pfannenschmidgasse we visit the symmetrical figure, which was built by Hajime Togashi (2) in 1971. The Japanese artist manufactured this piece of art at the main market out of a red granite block, weighing about two tons. The artwork appeals especially through its strict, clear form.

A few steps further we get to a stone gearwheel, which was created by the Polish artist Marian Bogusz (3) in 1971 out of a Waldstein Granite block. It is supposed to show the flow of movement.

Wandering to the Kornmarkt, in front of the Germanic National Museum we find The Warrior, wich was shaped by Marino Marini (4) in the early 60s. The sculpture is a highly abstracted form of an equestrian monument, which geometric shapes and rough surfaces show pain and suffering.

In between Kornmarkt and Karthäusergasse a ‘Stelenweg’ extends, the Street of Human Rights by Dani Karavan (5). In 1993, the Outer Sculpture, which was created as art on the fassade of the Germanic National Museum, was inaugurated. It isn’t only art that is in the spotlights here, but the message of respecting Human Rights.

The corner of Zirkelschmidgasse/Pfeifergasse hosts the small but expressive sculpture Insekt (1984) by Max Söllner (6). Pens, pellets, beads and screws were compacted to an amorphous form, which reminds us of different insect species.

 At the Weißer Turm (White Tower) the controversial artistic fountain Das Ehekarusell, or Hans-Sachs-Brunnen by Jürgen Weber (7) attracts our attention. The tale being told reflects a poem by Hans Sachs called ‘Das bittersüße eh’liche Leben’ (The bittersweet life of marriage).

The sculpture Welthandel (1972) (at Kaiserstrasse/Köpfleinsberg) uses its very own form-language as well, as the artist Hella Rosner-Böhnlein (8) reduces forms to its symbolical meanings. Five stylized figures relate to each other with their backs, connected by further, smaller figures and build a ring in which middle rests the globe. Looking at the title of this piece of art, we can clearly see that the bigger figures resemble the five continents which are connected through global trade.

At the Trödelmarkt (Jumble sale) the Tanzendes Bauernpaar (1980) by Waldemar Grzimek (9) awaits us. This is a product which dates back to a motive by Dürer. It shows a folksy performance of the time.

We cross the main market and feel the black, Swedish granite of the Prantlstein. Karl Prantl (10) was one the responsibles for the realization of the Symposium Urbanum in 1971 and hoped that with his art he would create a place for people to meet.

Der Hase – Hommage an Dürer (The Rabbit – a tribute to Dürer) von Jürgen Goertz (1984) (11) can be found at the Tiergärtnertorplatz. More than life-size, the animal before us wells from a far too small box, little rabbits gushing from its flank, it eats nails and under its montrous paw peeks out a piece of human foot. Does the artist persiflage Dürer’s original or is it him self-confidently confronting renaissance and modernism?

Two worthwide detours are waiting for us behind the city wall: on the left hand side at he Neutorgraben we find - on a spot of green in between street and pavement - a sculpture by Maciej Szankowski Stabile o.T. (1971) (12). A brown, defined set of steel unfolds before our eyes with an effect similar to a folded origami figure made of paper and reminds us of the form-language of the works of Picasso postwar. On the right hand side, at the Maxtor, the Die Kauernde by Wilhelm Uhlig (13), an artist living and acting in Nuremberg, is waiting for us to gaze at her.

We wander back towards the river Pegnitz and Insel Schütt (Island Schütt) and discover the Blaue Reiter (Blue Horseman) by Johannes Brus (14) at the Andrej-Sacharow-Platz (1993). A different kind of equestrian statue.

At the Gewerbemuseumsplatz wie see the large disc Grande Disco (1971), by the Italian artist Arnaldo Pomodoro (15). The once closed disc seems to have been broken by raw violence and now shows its inherent chaos.

This is only a fraction of public art in our city. A selecton which leads us to the most beautiful places in Nuremberg.

We follow the city-wall back to the Hotel Victoria.

Victoria Walk | Nr. 3

Duration of the walk: approximately 4 hours

VictoriaTipps for the walk

Zum Gulden Stern – Historical sausage cuisine

Oldest sausage cuisine of the world

Enjoy in the oldest and one of the nicest tavern of Nuremberg all specialties about the original Nuremberg sausages.

Zirkelschmiedsgasse 26 | 90402 Nuremberg

Di Simo Cafe

A bit like Venice - in the center of Nuremberg

Enjoy a delicious espresso or cappuccino or let the Veneto Sprizz in the evening sun shine.

Trödelmarkt 5-7 | 90403 Nuremberg

Wanderer – Cafe Bar

A great Cafe on the most beautiful square in the city

You simply have to stay there! Besides superb coffee and a selection of Franconian beers, the scenery of the Old town is a real enjoyment.

Beim Tiergärtner Tor 2-6 | 90403 Nuremberg

Cafe A-kulina

Tempting selection of cakes - absolutely worth a sin

Tiny little cafe with excellent cakes and Coffee specialties. Large selection of cakes especially on Sunday. Perfect for a break.

Webersplatz 5 | 90403 Nuremberg

Restaurant Kopernikus – Krakauer Haus

One of the nicest beer garden of the city

Franconian cuisine and Polish cuisine is served in the former defense tower with historical ambiance or in the cool beer garden.

Hintere Insel Schütt 34 | 90403 Nuremberg