This panorama shows Nuremberg’s medieval rooftops, with the Imperial Castle overlooking all. The castle is available for group events—or just as part of a city tour that takes in hundreds of years of fascinating history. (Visiting on a hot summer day? Take a tour of one of the many underground beer cellars or storage bunkers where the city stowed precious artworks during World War II.)
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Alongside the entrance of the world-renowned Germanic National Museum is The Way of Human Rights, a “walkthrough work of art” desigend by the Israeli artist Dani Karavan. Entered through an arch, the walkway is lined with nine-meter-high concrete pillars, each inscribed with an article of the General Declaration of Human Rights in German and another language.
Courtesy Germanisches Nationalmuseum
The Germanic National Museum offers many spaces for elegant dinners or for major presentations or perfomances, as in this lecture hall.
The glorious Wagner Ballroom in Le Meridien Grand Hotel, an Art Deco treasure in the center of Nuremberg. The room offers natural light in addition to the crystal chandeliers and accommodates 250 delegates theater style.
Le Meridien Grand Hotel dates from 1896 and offers 192 rooms and suites at the gateway to the historic city center.
The charming, independently owned Hotel Victoria offers 62 rooms snugged up near the historic city wall while also sharing a courtyard with the New Museum, a wide open contemporary art space.
Considering the historic look of the Hotel Victoria’s exterior (see previous photo), you might be surprised to know this fresh and modern room exemplifies its interior! Opened in 1896, destroyed in World War II and then immediately rebuilt, the hotel was most recently renovated in 2013. The business category rooms offer large desks and many outlets. A meeting room accommodates 20 delegates; the lovely, airy breakfast room also may be used for meetings later in the day.
The Nuremberg Convention Center & Exhibit Hall is just a few minutes’ subway ride from the city center. In total, it offers 1.8 million square feet of exhibit and meeting space. The East Congress Center, pictured, was built in 2005 and is a showpiece of the complex. Its atrium provides an expansive common area for conversations outside the meeting rooms.
With attention to aesthetics as well as practicalities, the Nuremberg Convention Center features touches such as color-coded floors in the East Congress Center. The third floor’s art, furniture, and signage are blue. Ground was broken in April on a new hall that will add 107,000 square feet of space by 2018.
Compactly situated next to the primary exhibit halls are the four buildings that make up the Congress Center: NCC East, NCC Middle (pictured above), NCC West, and Frankenhalle. The latter features a multifunction hall that can seat 5,000 people for a general session. The entire complex is oriented around a lovely grassy courtyard, accessible by attendees.
The Faber-Castell Castle, headquarters of one of the longest-standing traditional family-owned companies in the world (now run by the ninth generation), rests amid production sites, elegant residential buildings and an English landscaped garden, and is available for private events.
A permanent exhibition provides visitors with more information on the brands, the family and the company history. The Faber-Castell Castle is considered an outstanding example of German Art Nouveau.
Experts guide groups through the Faber-Castell compound, taking in historic machinery before walking past the modern-day manufacturing taking place.
It’s only in the past few years that visitors have been able to tour Courtroom 600 and the Palace of Justice and be immersed in education about the Nuremberg Trials, which changed the course of international criminal justice in addition to shining a light on Nazi atrocities. As the U.S. Chief Prosecutor said at the time, “Civilization cannot tolerate their being ignored, because it cannot survive their being repeated."
The 14th century Historic Great Hall of the Town Hall, in the heart of the Nuremberg Old Town, is available for corporate presentations, small meetings, gala dinners, receptions, or concerts. The Hall of Honor foyer also is available for receptions or coffee breaks.
Prof. Dr. Hermann Requardt, CEO, Siemens Healthcare, looks at one of oldest exhibits in the Siemens Museum for Medical Technology in Erlangen, an X-ray unit from 1902. Groups can request tours of the fascinating museum from the charming and knowledgeable director, Ms. Doris-Maria Vittinghof.
In 1971, to get ready for the celebration of artist and native son Albrecht Dürer on the occasion of his 500th birthday, a cobblestone space between the town’s inner and outer walls was turned into an area of half-timbered houses with wine restaurants and craft stores. Meant to be temporary, the village setup was a big hit with residents—and today will charm your attendees as well, with its authentic gingerbread, toys, and crafts for which the city is known.
Trying the Nuremberg sausage, from a 700-year-old recipe, is a must for visitors. Whether you have six (or 12) on a tin plate with horseradish and sauerkraut or three in a bun (“drei im weckla”), you’re having an authentic treat! The Society for the Protection of the Nuremberg Bratwurst was formed in 1998, and in 2003, the sausage became a geographically protected product, like Parmesan cheese or Parma ham.
Still innovating, even in food, Nuremberg is the birthplace of the foodtruck movement in Germany, largely thanks to Klaus Wunsch (pictured), Mr. Food Truck, who launched his first truck six years ago and has now created the organization Foodtrucks German and launched the Street Food Convention. He even has coordinated more than 40 food trucks to cater a large Adidas convention.