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  • Nürnberger Hauptbahnhof
  • Opernhaus (Nürnberger Staatsoper)
  • Synagoge
  • Gedenktafeln
  • Gedenkstein
  • Straße der Menschenrechte
  • Synagogenmahnmal
  • Stolpersteine

Nuremberg – City of Human Rights

Tracing the Right in Nuremberg

It is recommended to purchase a day-ticket for public transport, as some ways are too far to walk

Nuremberg is inseperably connected with the Nazi Rallys held by the national socialistic party, the Nuremberg Laws and the Nuremberg Trials. With this tour we would like to trace this dark chapter of the city’s history and show how Nuremberg deals with it.

At the exit of the Hotel Victoria we turn right towards the Nürnberger Hauptbahnhof (Nuremberg Central Station) (1), which reminds us that from this city too (trainstation Märzfeld), deportation trains went to several concentration camps.

We keep west, walk along the city wall for a couple of hundred metres and pass by the Opernhaus (Nürnberger Staatsoper) (2), aware of the facts that during the Nazi regime, Richard Wagner staged the Meistersinger (Mastersingers) and the Nazi-Nobelprice was awarded here. At a corner behind the opera we reach the former Hotel Deutscher Hof (3), which served as Hitler’s accommodation during his Nuremberg visits. Diplomats and important party-members were hosted here as well, while they participated in the Nazi Rallys.

Again we follow Frauentorgraben west and shortly after turn left into Essenweinstrasse. On the right hand side a memorial stone reminds of the destroyed Synagogue (4). It was destroyed during the night of November 9 to November 10, 1938 during the so-called Crystal Night.

Once more we follow down Frauentorgraben to the next crossroad. Two commemorative plaques (5) in front of todays AOK building inform us of the decree of the Nuremberg Laws. With these racial laws the antisemetistic ideology of the Nazis was institutionalized on a legal basis. After this station on our walk we cross Frauentorgraben at Färbertor towards the city center.

At the intersection to the right we find another memorial which remembers the victims of Roma and Sinti during the Nazi times (6).

We now enter the city center via Färberstrasse, which we leave after only a few metres as we turn right into Frauentormauer. We walk up to the German National Museum. In front of it we find the installation Street of Human Rights (7), by jewish artist Dani Karavan. With this piece of art he successfully makes the, Human Rights visible, which were adopted on December 10, 1948.

From here we walk to Lorenzkirche on which northern side the artist Karl Prantl created the Nürnberger Kreuzweg out of 14 granite plate (8) in 1991. Prantl started processing stones at the former march way at the Nazi Rally Grounds in 1971 already. The plates, which were not used for Nazi-architecture, stem from the concentration camp Flossenbürg.

From this place of remembrance we continue down Peter-Vischer-Straße, cross the river Pegnitz and look at the northern bridgehead of Heubrücke, the Synagogue-Cenopath for the former main-synagogue at Hans-Sachs-Platz (9).

From Hauptmarkt we take the bus “Touristenlinie 36” (Tourist line 36) up to the Dokumentationszentrum (10). During a walk around the Dutzendteich (11) at the Nazi Party Rally Grounds we may get a picture of the Nazi regime’s megalomania.

The Documentation Center is situated in the north wing of the Kongresshalle (12) and a visit is certainly recommendable. The Kongresshalle was supposed to contain up to 50.000 people, but was never finished. The permanent exibition “Faszination und Gewalt” (Fascination and Violence) deals with the reasons, connections and consequences of the national socialistic tyranny, always in connection with the city of Nuremberg.

For those who want to experience this topic comprehensively, we now get on the tram line number 5. Transit at Plärrer and enter the U1 to Hardhöhe or walk to Bärenschanze. On the Right hand side of town, we see the justice building with Memorium and Courtroom 600 (13)

If the Nuremberg Trials were not held in Courtroom 600, would be a work-up of injustice and developing nations to an international criminal jurisdiction, as we can observe in The Hague, was not possible.

After a day with so much pressing reality, you may be ready to end the day with a walk back to the hotel. Pass the "Hochstraße" at district Rosenau and view the Stolpersteine (stumble stones) (14), another artistic way of processing the anti-semitism.

Cross a marvelous green park of Nuremberg, the Rosenaupark. Over some steps at the south-east end of the park you reach the Altstadtring at the Spittlertorgraben. From here you return to the city through the Fürther Tor. You arrive back to the hotel Victoria either via subway or by foot.

Victoria Walk | Nr. 6

Duration of the walk: approximately 5 hours


VictoriaTipps for the walk

Cafe Arte in the Germanic national museum

Eating like a star of the exhibition 

Excellent cuisine awaits visitors of the museum as well as those coming only because of food. Even for an espresso it is the right address.

Kartäusergasse 1 | 90402 Nuremberg

Cafe Luftsprung

A leap into the air for great salads 

Almost on the banks of Pegnitz one can sit and enjoy in a summer day a selection of fresh, fancy salad variants. 

Unterer Bergauer Platz 10 | 90402 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

Balazzo Brozzi

Sundries in scene at Rosenau Park

Once alternative Scene Cafe, today the meeting point for everyone. Great cuisine, homemade cakes, irresistible breakfast - this is how you make regular guests.

Hochstraße 2 | 90429 Nuremberg

Bäckerhof

Grand lady of hospitality

Stylish aperitif, fine Asian food or cocktails in the chic bar and lounge. In all respects a tasteful experience with a special flair.

 

Schlehengasse 2 | 90402 Nuremberg