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  • Neues Museum
  • Hermann Kesten
  • Konrad Groß
  • Hans Sachs
  • Philipp Melanchton
  • Albrecht Dürer
  • Wenzel Jamnitzer
  • Willibald Pirckheimer

Humanistic Nuremberg

Tracing thinkers, artists and inventors

As the starting point of our tour we pick the Klarissenplatz right behind the Hotel Victoria. At the end of the glass-fassade of the New Museum, towards Luitpoldstraße, there are several names carved in stone: Hans Sachs – Feuerbach – Veit Stoss – Hegel – Albrecht Dürer (1). All five of these named humanists are closely connected with the city of Nuremberg. We will meet some of them again in the course of this walk.

In the courtyard of the city library, which we reach over Peter-Vischer-Straße, we find another great son of Nuremberg. The city honors Hermann Kesten (2) with an inconspicuous sculpture. The writer was, together with Erich Kästner, Kurt Tucholsky and Bertold Brecht, one of the great exponents of the New Objectivity in literature. In 1980 he became an honorary citizen of Nuremberg.

We cross the river Pegnitz, leave the Schuldturm (debtors´prison) and the Insel Schütt on the right hand side, and enter the little island on the Pegnitz into the inner courtyard of the Heilig Geist Spital. Here we find the table grave of Konrad Groß (3). The building and the institution both go back to a generous donation by Konrad Groß in the years 1331/39. He was a member of the patrician family Groß and was regarded as one of the richest men of his time.

At Eck Museumsbrücke/Spitalgasse Konrad Groß (3) sits enthroned in form of a monument and with the famous foundation certificate at the wall of the building.

Only a few steps further we meet another great son of Nuremberg, Hans Sachs (4), who is recognized here by the name of the square as well as a monument. Hans Sachs is one of the most popular German poets of the 16th century, whose fame is mainly based on the implementation of Martin Luthers teachings (Die Wittenbergische Nachtigall – The nightingale of Wittenberg).

A little further on we arrive at Theresienplatz, where we can see the memorial of Martin Behaim (5). It honors the man who created the oldest preserved globe. This globe (1492-94) shows us today, what this, for his time, educated humanist knew of the world.

Across the street at Egidienplatz, to the right of the church we can see the sand-stone sculpture of Philipp Melanchton (6) in the pose of the ideal renessaince scholar, dressed contemporarily. Melanchton made history by being one of Martin Luthers closest associates and deeply influenced the emerging church- and school system. He was the first to found a type of school which later became the original version of the German Gymnasium (an accademic high school in several central European countries, especially Germany).

Next a search is made for the, most likely, best known son of the city, who even lent his name to an era: Dürerzeit (Dürer-time). To admire this monument we stroll north to Albrecht-Dürer-Platz. Even from this distance we can see the memorial dominating the square – it was created on the occasion of the 300th  anniversary of his death. It shows Albrecht Dürer (7) as he saw and portrayed himself, self-confidently looking at the world as a: painter, graphic designer, mathematician and art historian. He got famous even beyond the Alps; being recognized as a foreign artist in Italy was an enormous achievement at the time.

In the street which bears the name of the artist and which we reach through Agnesgasse from Albrecht-Dürer-Platz, we can see a plaque at house number 17. It reminds us of goldsmith and art historian Wenzel Jamnitzer (8). He is one of the most significant goldsmiths in Germany, who created in the Manirism style.

At Maxplatz, we find another memorial which shows yet another great humanist of the city of Nuremberg, apart from Albrecht Dürer: Willibald Pirckheimer (9).

Right in front of Maxbrücke (Maxbridge) one can see the Dürer-Pirckheimer-Fountain which celebrates the friendship between the two Renaissance men, who exchanged ideas and thoughts throughout their entire lifes. Aside from Dürer, Willibald Pirckheimer was in contact with Beatus Rhenanus, Erasmus of Rotterdam, Thomas Morus and many more influential contemporaries.

From here we reach the Hotel Victoria through the inner city. We recommend a route between Nuremberg culture and exceptional shopping possibilities over Maxbrücke, Obere Wörthstraße, Kaiserstraße and Königstraße.

A real alternative to go deeper into the matter would be a visit to the German National Museum. Evidence of culture, art and history become tangible.

Victoria Walk | Nr. 4

Duration of the walk: approximately 3 hours


VictoriaTipps for the walk

Cafe "Hermann Kesten" in the Central Library

Reading a newspaper in idyllic Patio

Classy cafe in the former cloister or garden of the Dominican convent. Simply worth a break - whether for coffee or for lunch.

Peter-Vischer-Straße/Katharinenkloster 6 | 90403 Nuremberg

Icecafe Franco

Little Italy invites you to linger

Many people start here a shopping day in the city center with one of the most delicious latte or a glass of sparkling wine.

Spitalgasse 2 | 90403 Nuremberg

Cafe Restaurant Sebald

Enjoy with all your senses

Here you can feel the passion for flair, creative cuisine of the Mediterranean. Winner of multiple awards, this restaurant offers a taste experience of a special kind

Weinmarkt 14 | 90403 Nuremberg

Cafe La Violetta

Its unique charm invites you to linger

Particular attention to the details in the furnishing as well as in the selection of food and drinks waiting to be discovered by you.

Obere Wörthstraße 10 | 90403 Nuremberg