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    The Opera House

    by Nemorino Updated Nov 20, 2013

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    The massive Nürnberg Opera House on Richard-Wagner-Platz was built in 1905. You can see its looming silhouette from lots of places in Nürnberg, and also from the train on the way in or out if you know which direction to look.

    It got the name Staatstheater Nürnberg on September 16, 2003, when the state and city governments signed an agreement that the former Nürnberg Theater was now going to be a State Theater, which has great advantages especially on the financial side.

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    Collection of musical instruments

    by Nemorino Updated Nov 20, 2013

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    One of the many departments of the Germanisches Nationalmuseum (Germanic National Museum) is their collection of six hundred musical instruments from various historical periods. Many of these are keyboard instruments of all sorts, but the strings and woodwinds are also well represented.

    If you think you have finally learned the difference between an oboe and a clarinet, this is the sort of place that can get you all confused again as you look at historical variations of both.

    This department is in building D, which is way off in the back somewhere, but if you just follow the signs and arrows and don’t give up too soon, you are sure to find it.


    You can find more collections of historical musical instruments in Berlin, Stuttgart and Paris. And there is a brilliant new one in Brussels, Belgium.


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    Inside the Opera House

    by Nemorino Updated Nov 20, 2013

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    When I first attended an opera in Nürnberg in 1997 the Opera House looked incredibly shabby inside, as though it hadn't been renovated for over forty years. The carpets, especially, were beyond repair, and had long strips of black tape all over them to cover up the ripped places. (I rather liked this because black tape is my favorite all-purpose cure for anything that is broken, so I was glad to see the opera people felt the same way.)

    Since then they have done a thorough renovation, and the inside of the Opera House is now in good repair. True, there isn't much in the way of elaborate interior decoration, but the place now looks clean and elegant.

    There are seats for 1074 spectators. On an average evening you could expect to pay EUR 67,20 for a seat in the most expensive section, and EUR 9,00 in the cheapest (prices as of 2013).


    Please see my Nürnberg Opera House Travelogue for more photos.


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    The Congress Hall

    by Nemorino Updated Nov 20, 2013

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    The unfinished Congress Hall and the other huge structures on the former Nazi Party Rally Grounds were made of large pieces of stone that were hewn by prisoners doing forced labor at concentration camps like Flossenbürg, Mauthausen, Groß-Rosen, and Natzweiler-Struthof, which were set up near stone quarries for this purpose.

    To appreciate the significance and enormity of the former Nazi Party Rally Grounds, it is best to go to the Documentation Centre first. The Centre is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Last entry is at 5.00 p.m.

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    St Johannis Friedhof

    by antistar Updated Sep 3, 2013

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    Just outside the Altstadt, to the west of the Kaiserburg, is the ancient cemetery of St Johannis Friedhof. Here you will find many modern and lovingly cared for graves, but around the base of the old medieval tower on the Kaiserburg side of the cemetery, you will find graves dating back to the graveyards first construction in 1518. The graves all lie above the ground, and include some of Nuremberg's most famous citizens, including Albrecht Dürer.

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    Kongressbau

    by antistar Updated Sep 3, 2013

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    The Kongressbau is a gigantic building on the shores of the Grosse Dutzend Lake. It was built by the Nazis, but never finished, and stands as a stunning reminder of their obsession with the city of Nuremberg and its mythical connections. It looks completely out of place in the middle of open parkland, as well as having a bizarre style that shows how the Nazis were keen to take the mantle of the Romans, like the Holy Roman Empire before them, by creating a symbol of their power that was clearly meant to look like the great Colosseum of Rome.

    It is a remarkable piece of architecture, obviously crafted by artisans of great skill, but now left to rot, unloved. There are few signs guiding you there and The museum it now holds has a most unappealing name of "Document Centre", which is enough to deter all but the most determined tourist. It looks as if this building at least will be saved from the bulldozer, but don't expect it to be prominent on Nuremberg's list of attractions for several generations.

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    THE WAY OF HUMAN RIGHTS

    by balhannah Written Jul 8, 2013

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    I come across "The Way of Human Right's," a large outdoor sculpture on the street between the new and old buildings of the Germanisches National museum.

    The sculpture on display is by Israeli artist, Dani Karavan who won the design competition.
    The Sculpture has a gate and 30 round pillars. On each pillar is an article by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in German and another language. It is here as part of Nuremberg's effort's to reinvent itself as a "City of Peace and Human Rights"
    Nuremberg's prize for human rights, the Nuremberg International Human Rights Award, is awarded on the site every two years.

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    THE STATE THEATRE

    by balhannah Written Jul 8, 2013

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    Nuremberg State Theatre/Opera House was built in 1905 and is believed to be one of Germany's most beautiful theatre buildings. During WWII, the Theatre was bombed and was later rebuilt. It was initially used by the U.S. Army as a cinema and theater.
    The Nuremberg Opera Ball is held here in September every year.

    OPEN...
    Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    TICKET SALES....0180 / 1 34 42 76 (local call)

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    ST. KLARAKIRCHE

    by balhannah Updated Jul 8, 2013

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    The 13th century Church belonged to the convent of the Sisters of St Mary Magdalene. After Nuremberg accepted the Reformation the convent was dissolved in 1596 and later demolished in the 19th century. I didn't go inside St. Klarakirche, just looked at the outside and at the bronze sculpture outside the Church, named "HIOB." I wondered what he was all about, he looked forlorn and sad. Does anybody know?

    CHURCH OPEN.
    Mon - Sat: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
    Sun: 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.

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    HALLPLATZ

    by balhannah Written Jul 7, 2013

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    Time to rest those weary legs after a long day of walking. The Hallplatz looked to be just the place. There were some outdoor Cafes and seating, so we bought a Coffee and I walked back to McDonald's and bought a Sundae. We sat down on one of the garden seats, rested our legs and enjoyed people watching!

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    THE ARMORY

    by balhannah Written Jul 7, 2013

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    A short walk away from Lorenz church is the Armory. It will probably catch your eye, as it did mine, because of its two copper Domes. This part of the building is all that is left of what was once a grand building. It dates back to 1589, but was burnt down in WWII. Rebuilt in 1955, it is now used as a Police Station.

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    THE MUSEUM BRIDGE

    by balhannah Written Jul 7, 2013

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    My last bridge I cross, is the Museum Bridge which connects Lorenz and St. Sebald
    How many names can a Bridge have, plenty I believe! This one has been named Barfusserbrucke, Joseph Bridge, King Bridge, Upper Bridge or Plobenhofbrucke. Eventually in the 19th Century, its name was settled on by the Museum Society.
    The stone bridge was completed in 1700, after many of the other Bridges were devasted by floods.
    In the centre is a monument in honor of Emperor Leopold I and King Joseph I.

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    THE SHIP OF FOOL'S!

    by balhannah Written Jul 7, 2013

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    Close by the Hautplatz, I came across another piece of unusual artwork in the form of a sculpture, known as "The Ship of Fool's."
    Some of you may know of the Poem by the same name, or in german, “Das Narrenschiff,” written by Sebastian Brant in 1494. Sebastian Brant was attempting to reach out to the German people and use satire to encourage them to discard their sins and vices. The poem describes assorted follies and vices undertaken by different fools, such as Marrying for Money, Noise in Church, and Wanting to Escape Consequences of Evil.

    So, now you know this, when you stand infront of the bronze sculpture of a boat which has seven people, a skeleton and dog, you may make some sense of it!

    On the Boat, there is Adam & Eve from paradise, with Cain, a small child who has a knife in his hand. The Mast, what is left of it, is the Tree of Wisdom. Also in the Boat, is a well built muscular man who stands for violence, perhaps the local handyman, representing realism, and a person who is trying to wreck the chances of anybody succeeding. As for the Dog, I have no idea!
    The Boat is actually a nutshell, the two fools are in it, one at the front and one at the back.

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    HAUPTMARKT

    by balhannah Written Jul 7, 2013

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    The Hauptmarkt is Nuremberg’s large market square and is located in the city centre.
    It was here, where I saw the Schon Brunnen and the Chamber of Commerce building with many interesting murals painted along its walls.
    It is this square where the Flea Market, the Nuremberg Old Town Festival, Christkindlesmarkt and the Gingerbread market are held.

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    FLEISCH BRIDGE

    by balhannah Written Jul 7, 2013

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    I am in the centre of the old town now, and once again I am crossing the River Pegnitz, this time over the Fleisch Bridge / Meat Bridge / Pegnitz Bridge - it is know by all these names.
    Meat Bridge is an unusual name for a bridge, how-ever, this name came about because it opens directly onto the side of the Sebald meat house on the shore.
    This is the final Bridge, one that has stood here since 1598. Others have all met with disaster of some kind - fire in 1418, flood in 1432 and flood in 1595. Evidently, this Bridge was the largest masonry bridge arch in Germany at the time of its construction.
    Some-how, the Bridge has remained the same since 1599, it even wasn't bombed in WWII!

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