Our visit to the Documentation Centre was part of our German Road trip (that page has links to all the hotels, restaurants and places visited).
I would say by far the most interesting places to the visit in Nuremberg are the old Nazi rally grounds (Zeppelinfeld) and the Documentation Centre. We were staying at the Hilton Nuremberg, which is walking distance to both – we visited the rally grounds first. If you are travelling from the centre, there is a tram that stops just outside the Documentation Centre – you then need to walk around the lake to the rally grounds.
The Documentation Centre has a modern entrance.
Admission is 6.00 € and that includes an audio guide – you enter the number shown on the area you are viewing for audio description in multiple languages.
The centre contains some harrowing historical scenes, some posters and memorabilia and a record of war crimes.
I thought this first picture was interesting as there was a small child calmly sitting next to it, This despite the Documentation Center website advice: The exhibition at the Documentation Center is not suitable for children under the age of 14.
I suppose the history can’t be considered complete without this reference.
This art installation that shows the names (on cards) of those sent to concentration camps
All the installations are presented really well.
There is also a terrace where you can look out to the Congress Hall.
You exit the centre via a long sloping walkway.
We stumbled into a room behind the café with supporting columns and an alternate view of the sloping walkway.
But someone from the museum appeared and made it clear that this wasn’t open to the public. I’d love to take a tour of the hidden spaces.
If you turn left at the exit, you can walk around to the Congress Hall entrance – there isn’t any signposting and you find yourself walking along a deserted portico.
That leads to the entrance.
Inside the place is vast – the plan was to add a roof, but the war was over before that happened.
Here is a 360 video that I took while there:
We retraced our steps and returned to our hotel.
I would definitely recommend a visit but make sure you visit the parts that are unpackaged; Congress Hall and Rally Grounds.
Admission 6.00 Euro
Monday to Friday: 9 am – 6 pm
Saturday, Sunday, holidays: 10 am – 6 pm
Last admission 5 pm