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Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds
Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds

Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds

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802 Reviews
Free admission
Bayernstraße 110, Nuremberg, Germany

The Basics

Consisting of a sprawling parade grounds flanked by a mammoth modernist stadium and an austere grandstand (known as the Zeppelinfeld), the Nazi Party Rally Grounds were built in 1933 to host some of Hitler’s notoriously frenzied propaganda rallies. Today the massive concrete structures are crumbling but remain a sobering reminder of the Nazi party's crimes. The site is open to the public, and the grassy parade grounds are often used by local cyclists and joggers.

A short walk away, the lakeside Documentation Center offers a deeper exploration into the ascension of the Third Reich and its atrocities. A permanent exhibit called “Fascination and Terror” explores the factors that led to Hitler's rise to power and the catastrophic results.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Nuremberg

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Tour of Nurmberg by Natasha...
Dennis_F, Sep 2021
Nuremberg Private Walking Tour with Medieval Old Town and Nazi Rally Grounds
Thank you to Natasha, our tour guide. We visited the old Nazi Rally Grounds and Old Town. Natasha is very informed regarding the history of Nurmberg as well as some of the current events affecting the city and the region. Danke!
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Good tour
Eugene_C, Aug 2021
Nuremberg Private Walking Tour with Medieval Old Town and Nazi Rally Grounds
Natasha is a great guide, and we felt very comfortable with her. We took a 3-hour tour because of time constraints, but I strongly recommend taking 4 hours. There is so much to learn.
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Excellent
Jack, Aug 2021
Nuremberg Old Town and Nazi Party Rally Grounds Walking Tour in English
Jeff did a great job, very knowledgeable, funny, well thought out and planned tour! Highly recommend.
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Great tour
Peter_H, Jul 2021
Nuremberg Old Town and Nazi Party Rally Grounds Walking Tour in English
Jason was a super tour guide. He is a great communicator and really knows his stuff. He is easy going and has a great sense of humor.
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We’ll worth the trip
Michael_W, Jun 2021
Nuremberg Private Walking Tour with Medieval Old Town and Nazi Rally Grounds
The Nuremberg 3 hour old town and rally sites tour was well worth the trip. Natasha was extremely knowledgeable and a great guide. My family enjoyed the entire tour. She answered all our questions and gave us great after tour recommendations to explore as well. Highly recommend the tour.
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Very enjoyable
Kevin_O, Feb 2020
Nuremberg Old Town and Nazi Party Rally Grounds Walking Tour in English
Nice mixture of stops and places. Very easy going and friendly guide. I learned quite a lot about the war which I didn't know. Can recommend it.
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Nuremberg Walking Tour
jennykelly3, Jan 2020
Nuremberg Old Town and Nazi Party Rally Grounds Walking Tour in English
Great tour with Jason. Informative,well paced and interesting. Thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Thanks Jason. Would highly recommend.
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Private Tour: Nuremberg Medieval Old Town and Nazi Rally Grounds Walking Tour
jstrigl4, Dec 2019
Nuremberg Private Walking Tour with Medieval Old Town and Nazi Rally Grounds
3 hour walking tour was perfect for Nürnberg. Our guide Jason was knowledgeable and fun and catered to our likings
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Well worth the time
GraffitiCulpeperVA, Dec 2019
Nuremberg Old Town and Nazi Party Rally Grounds Walking Tour in English
Most tours we looked at either gave you and overview of Nuremberg OR the Nazi grounds. This combined the two and was done in an informative and entertaining method
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Great tour
jam47, Oct 2019
Nuremberg Old Town and Nazi Party Rally Grounds Walking Tour in English
We had a great tour with our knowledgeable and funny guide, Kevin from Ireland. He was so good at explaining the history of Nuremberg and the Holy Roman Empire and relating it forward to Hitler and the Nazis. He was also full of facts about Germany and Bavaria. The tour has lots of walking but we had a lunch break where we chose a cafe to sit inside. Others chose to get sausage on a bun from the outdoor market. Highly recommend this tour.
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Great Private Tour!
Departure790309, Sep 2019
Nuremberg Private Walking Tour with Medieval Old Town and Nazi Rally Grounds
My 25 year old daughter and I did the Nuremberg 4 hour private tour with Natasha. As we were staying in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, we took the train to Nuremberg and met our guide at the station. Natasha was wonderful, and Nurnberg is a lovely town! She took our time with us, showed us the old town first, then we had a leisurely lunch (entirely up to you - quick take away lunch, but I prefer a sit down with Nurnberger sausage and beer), before heading to the Nazi Rally Grounds. Those are something to see - you can just picture Hitler standing there on the podium and it's quite eerie. We definitely went over the four hours, but Natasha was quite happy to take her time with us. After we got back to the train station, she helped us book our tickets back to Rothenburg, which took a bit of time. She felt more like a friend than a tour guide and we really appreciated her! I'll probably be doing private tours from now on!
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Book it. Now.
Patrick L, Oct 2019
Nuremberg Old Town and Nazi Party Rally Grounds Walking Tour in English
If you are at all interested in medieval history, military history in general, or WW2, this tour is for you. While no four hour tour could ever be said to be ALL encompassing, I think this is the most information you could ever fit in a half day. The guide Natasha presented it in a clear, and at appropriate times, funny or somber manner. I feel her knowledge of that city’s history pays respect to the terrible—and wonderful— things that happened there. She truly made it come alive. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, but above all, you’ll be thankful, I think. Thankful that the arc of human history bends towards justice. Thankful that she was able to open up one of earths great cities to you. As a practical matter, she was also very accommodating and kept the tour going at a good pace. Seriously. Don’t skip this one.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Many areas of the Zeppelinfeld and the grandstand are in disrepair and may be unsafe to enter; mind any warning signs and safety fences.

  • The Documentation Center charges a modest admission fee. Audio guides and hour-long guided tours of the “Fascination and Terror” exhibit are available; both require additional fees.

  • Due to disturbing content, the museum exhibits are not suitable for children under the age of 14.

  • The Documentation Center is fully wheelchair accessible; the accessible entrance is located on the ground level under a set of stairs.

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How to Get There

The Nazi Party Rally Grounds is located southeast of Nuremberg’s city center at Dutzendteich Park. Parking is available at Congress Hall. To reach the site via public transit, take tram Line 9 or bus lines 36, 55, 65 to Doku-Zentrum, or the S2 train to Nürnberg-Dutzendteich.

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When to Get There

The rally grounds are open to the public 24 hours a day. The Documentation Center is open every day of the year, from morning until early evening, except for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The center opens slightly later on weekends on most holidays. Advance reservations are recommended in July, when the Documentation Center gets especially. Construction to expand the museum is planned beginning in 2021; check the website for updates and temporary closures.

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Nuremberg’s World War II History

Once a sleepy medieval settlement in Germany’s Bavaria region, Nuremberg is now inextricably linked to its role in World War II: The rallies the Nazi held here, at the Zeppelinfeld, helped catapult Hitler to power in the years before the war. After the war, the city found itself in the global spotlight again during the Nuremberg Trials, which were held from 1945 to 1946 to prosecute high-level Nazi political and military leaders for war crimes.

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