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Imperial Castle Nuremberg

The Middle Ages comes to life at the Imperial Castle

Who doesn’t know the Nuremberg Imperial Castle? It is the symbol of Nuremberg – its silhouette represents the power and influence of the Free Imperial City of Nuremberg since the Middle Ages and the city’s prominent role in history. Today, the Nuremberg castle remains an emblem of the city.

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The fortification is in two parts: The Imperial Castle and the fortress of the Castle Count. Throughout time, there was a lot of trouble between the two.

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In 1945, almost the entire Imperial Castle lay in ruins, although some important Romanesque and late Gothic structures were little damaged. Right after the war, the whole complex was rebuilt. In the permanent exhibit “Emperor – Empire – City. The Imperial Castle Nuremberg”, interesting facts about the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation, the role of Nuremberg in the late Middle Ages and the unparalleled history of the Imperial Castle from the Middle Ages to the 19th century are brought to life for visitors large and small.

In addition to the Imperial Castle museum with its extensive collection of weapons and equipment, you can also visit the Romanesque chapel, the Deep Well with its 47-meter-deep shaft and the Sinwell Tower, one of the best vantage points of the city.

From here, one has a magnificent view over the roofs of Nuremberg’s Old Town. When the weather is good, you can even see the stadium and Congress Hall on the other side of town. The dimensions of the medieval city fortifications can be seen with the help of the large round towers in the city wall.

A tour of the grounds of the Imperial Castle is well recommended. A metal model of the castle in front of the newly renovated ticket office can show you exactly where you are and how far the complex stretches along the castle hill. And you should also visit the garden surrounding the Imperial Castle.

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