Nuremberg (or Nürnberg, how it is named in German) has some sort of tough political-historic heritage. Several sites still remember that it has been one of the key places where the NSDAP, the former Nazi party, held major parts of their propaganda, especially their party convention (which have been held between 1933 and 1938). Huge venues have been built for this reason. The Nuremberg Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds – or Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände der Stadt Nürnberg, how it officially called in German, reminds of these times in the historic location.
Nazi Party Rally Grounds – Location & Admission
The documentation center / museum is located right at the Zeppelinfeld / the Dutzendteich at the original grounds of the venues. It is located in the unfinished Kongresshalle, which the Nazis planned to build for 50,000 people. There area is located Southeast of Nuremberg City Center. It is easy to get there by tram (lines 6, 8). As the whole park is nowadays used for recreational purposes (and also hosts two major sports arenas), there is also plenty of parking around.
At the time of visiting, the museum opened Monday to Friday 9:00 to 18:00 hrs and 10:00 to 18:00 on Saturdays and Sundays. The museum is driven by the City of Nuremberg, which has a unified tariff for their museums: a single adult admission is six Euro. If you pay additional three Euro, you can visit all other city museums the same calendar day. Due to Covid-19 measures, you entered the museum from the side entrance. There were quite long queues to ensure sufficient social distancing, which worked really excellently.
Nazi Party Rally Grounds – The Visit
The museum visit is more or less a round trip, which leads you through all the stages of the Nazi times (not only in Nuremberg). There is a very helpful audio guide in multiple languages with corresponding track numbers spread everywhere in the museum. The visit took me roughly 100 minutes. If you listen more intensively to the audio guide, you will definitely need some more time.
The museum starts with the seizing of power by the Nazis, but then moves towards how their propaganda machine and the manipulation of people worked. You also learn about the detailed construction plans and all the monumental buildings the regime planned to build (or did build) in that area. A couple of them are still existing, even though the majority has been destroyed in the final period of WW2.
A very important part of the exhibition of are the people – not only the one who organized the constructions in Nuremberg and managed the party rallies, of course. The exhibition explains the party rallies as a social honor and event. Last but not least, there are also of course the victims of the Nazi era. You learn about how millions of people have been executed cruelly. Especially for that reason, I would not recommend to visit the museum with too young children.
As one of the final steps of your visit, you can take a look inside the massive Kongresshalle. On the way there, you pass Das Gleis – “The Track”, which reminds of all the people killed in the concentration camp. Rail tracks are covered with names of the murdered.
Nazi Party Rally Grounds from Outside
I just visited the area right around the Kongresshalle due to timing reasons. If you have more time, there are multiple still existing ruins and buildings. The museum also offers scattered bus tours around the grounds. The congress center nowadays hosts a theater and parts are using by some companies, majorly as storage facilities.
Nazi Party Rally Grounds – Services
The museum drives a souvenir shop, majorly with some literature. Apart from that, there are no special services. The staff was very helpful and friendly.
Nazi Party Rally Grounds – My View
I feel that the Documentation Center is a great place, which illustrates the massive vulgarian of the Nazi Party Rally grounds. I feel it is a very impressive place, which even teaches you today about that you should be careful dealing with non-democratic propaganda regimes. If you are in Nuremberg and don’t travel with too young kids, I definitely recommend a visit.
Nazi Germany Memorials
Here are all places memorizing about the cruelties during the German Nazi leadership: