Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds

Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds

Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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The Nazis chose Nuremberg to be the site of the Nazi Party Rallies. The still unfinished Congress Hall on the former Nazi Party Rally Grounds now houses the Documentation Center. The 1,300 square meter "Fascination and Terror" exhibition examines the causes, context and consequences of Nazi tyranny. The museum focuses on the history of the Nazi party rallies, which served as powerful mass events to promote Nazi propaganda and set the stage for the "people's community". The educational forum offers numerous programs for all age groups on a variety of topics. Information boards on the Nazi Party Rally Grounds, which cover 4 square kilometers, explain the history of the site.
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  • AllanJGJ
    Wellington, New Zealand3,848 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Disappointing - and frankly overpriced
    Definitely worth going to if you're in Nuremberg (particularly if you also stroll round the lake to Zeppelinfeld afterwards) but at the moment the museum itself is being upgraded so there is only one room with explanatory boards and a few artifacts. So a little disappointing - and of course the giant rally grounds building behind it (now effectively a carpark) was never finished. So do go, but only if you pair it with the 15 minute walk to Zeppelinfeld.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 30, 2023
  • johnmM754OI
    Chesterfield, Missouri771 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must See
    Unfortunately the documentation center is undergoing extensive renovations and there was a small exhibit there (that's why it's only a 4). The parade grounds was still there and open to the public. It's a must see for anyone with any interest in history. Anyone who stands there must have some appreciation for the history of this place.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 4, 2023
  • Funlovinfella
    United Kingdom966 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A chilling reminder of the past!
    If you’re interested in the history of WW2 and Hitler’s rise to power, this is a must. If not, you most probably can take it or leave it. The museum is being renovated and there is a limited exhibition which will give you an idea of the scope of the project. You can stand in the spot that Hitler preached his beliefs his followers . It’s thought provoking and somewhat chilling!
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 21, 2023
  • Genevieve L
    35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interim exhibit only €6 and worth it
    The main exposition is closed until 2025 but the interim exposition is ou €6 and is worth it. It makes me wish I could go back bad see the whole thing when it’s back up and running. There is complete English translations for all items which makes it much easier to navigate. They charge you €3 for a map which is ridiculous and you can make do easily with Google maps!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 27, 2023
  • kpiddy
    Brisbane, Australia12,266 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Certainly a must visit when in Nuremberg
    Even though there were major renovations going on at the Documentation Centre we were very satisfied with our visit to the temporary exhibition hall. Staff were so friendly and welcoming on our arrival, for the next 1.25 hours we read and tried to absorb as much of the information and exhibits that we could on the German period from 1918 to 1933, there was plenty to educate us, it was all so informative. The photos, objects and stories told were excellent. To complete our visit we wandered outside into the ruins of the rally grounds (now a carpark) to see the scale of the complex, simply incredible. We travelled to and from Nuremberg on the tram, either #6 or #8, the stop is right out the front of the centre; an inexpensive and efficient mode of transport.
    Visited October 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 16, 2023
  • dudoldve
    Bokeelia, Florida404 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the trip
    We visited in May and the indoor museum was currently under construction so they have a smaller display. The display still is very educational and I am sure will be exceptional once completed. I have to disagree with the review saying this was worthless. We found the actual rally grounds amazing. To see the lengths and the magnitude of the facilities the nazis built for propaganda. As a foreigner to see the podium hitler used and the immense stands took us a bit off guard. One can see the difficulty in determining what to do with these places. To preserve for history and educate or to allow to crumble. We also found the indoor museum in its current state still very powerful at showing the way in which propaganda and misinformation creates hate.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 19, 2023
  • apollo12
    Macclesfield, United Kingdom705 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Atmospheric
    A lot of the exhibition was closed due to refurbishment so there was only a small exhibition on the rally grounds and congress hall. Very well laid out both inside and out with boards around showing how the congress hall was supposed to look. The Zepplenfeld is incredible! The sheer size of it, combined with imagined images of the propaganda rallies that took place there really captures both the imagination and the feelings of those who witnessed it.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 25, 2023
  • Marty Bielicki
    Stuart, Florida14,526 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Amazing Race that Wasn't
    We have forgone any desire to be on the Amazing Race after visiting the Nazi Documentation Center and Rally Grounds. We took Bus #8 near the train station. The American writer, Rick Steves said this is the bus to take. On the bus there were an inordinate number of young children. I told my wife, “The Germans must teach their children at a young age about Hitler.” We were going to the center of Hitler’s movement. The place where Hitler would speak to thousands. The focal point of the National Socialist movement. A place where tens of thousands of people shouting, “Heil Hitler.” The bus stopped at “Tiergarten.” Everyone got out, I mean everyone. We did too. We crossed the street and found out we were at the Nurnberg Zoo. A friendly gate attendant gave us directions to get back on the bus that came every 20 minutes. We did manage to find the Nazi Documentation Center. There were a number of interesting exhibits. I found out that this area was later used as a work labor camp. I did feel we were missing something though. Later we walked to Congress Hall and saw that complex. Where did Hitler actually speak from? We decided not to walk around Grosser Dutzendteich—a.k.a. the large lake. By not doing so, we missed seeing Zeppelin Field where Hitler did speak from to a mass of 150,000 people. We did manage to make it over to Gutmann’s Beer Garden. We should have stopped and had a beer, regretfully. Nearby was a dock with large floating boats of “pink flamingoes” which made for a good picture. Ironically, nearly 85 years ago there was a different story that was told. Looking back, we wish we had taken Rick Steves map. Maybe we should have purchased a good map of the area? We would even recommend a tour to this place—and only to this place—and definitely not to the zoo. It is a bit tricky and deceiving how massive this area is. Going to the Palace of Justice across town we thought a guide was not necessary. Both places should not be missed though. If you thought this review to be “helpful” in any way, please click “Thumbs-up” to let me know.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 29, 2023
  • CCooneyB
    New York City, New York42 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Temporary exhibit is excellent and just enough content to respectfully acknowledge the dark past
    We took the tram from the Hbf to the center. We paid to access the temporary exhibit which was well done. There is a very effective lighting element at the entrance that helps orient you to the buildings and spaces at different time periods. Every element in the exhibit has a written German and English explanation (in the same size font!) so it is very easy for English speakers to access this exhibit.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 22, 2023
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Amy H
Rainham, UK80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
Maybe I am bias because I love history so much, but this was hands down the best place I've ever visited in terms of learning.

The museum is all about the rise and the fall of the Nazi party, and it is evident that a lot of hard work and dedication has gone into making this one of the best places to visit to learn more about this terrible time in human history. It should not be skipped.

Upon entry, which is more than good value for the quality experience (I think we paid €15 each?), you are given an audio guide by the super friendly and helpful staff. Numerous languages available. You then follow the audio guide around the site.

If you are staying in Nuremberg I'd recommend setting aside at least half a day for this visit. We spent over 4 hours walking around the exhibitions, reading all the information and slowly processing just how awful Hitler's time in power was. I still felt I didn't get chance to see everything due to time, so I'd come back in a heartbeat.

Make sure you explore the grounds around the site. A truly fantastic day out and well done to all those who worked to put this exhibition together.

"Never again."
Written January 13, 2021
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NemoTraveler
Aarhus, Denmark697 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
The National Socialists were known for big party rallies and these were held at this place from 1933 to 1938. Originally the total area covered about eleven square kilometers, today most of it serves other purposes and the remains are smaller. It is located in the southeastern part of the city and is served by tram stops and a S-Bahn stop.

Due to Covid 19 measures access is limited. We arrived late in the morning and a rather long queue of visitors had formed, so we had to wait for about one hour to get into the museum. It is of course possible to begin the visit with the outside areas, but in that case a guided tour may be the best bet.

The museum gives visitors insight into the National Socialist dictatorship and is very well laid out, so it was definitely worth the wait. The exhibits are numerous and you may spend anything from a couple of hours to half a day here.
Written September 14, 2020
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Warren M
Jerusalem, Israel67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I turned up at the museum just over an hour before closing so had to do a rushed tour but the audio guide was very useful in allowing me to choose what I listened to, when and where. The museum is an architectural and design achievement in itself and the tour ends on a ramp extending into the middle of the stadium. Unfortunately, it was dark by the time I got to that point... big mistake.

Only problem was that all the writing in the museum is in German so you are totally dependent on the audio guide for information.

Keep in mind that the Stadium is only one part of the megalomaniac Nazi plans for the area and you can do extensive walks around the other sites which can add another 1 to 3 hours to your visit.
Written February 3, 2020
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Joe
Portland, OR12 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Friends
The museum is basically closed until 2023 or 2024 I was told when I asked where everything else was. There's a "interim" exhibit open that is literally one room with a bunch of displays in German and English. You hear construction equipment going full blast the whole time you're in this one room.

If you're taking transit, or even driving, beware of massive roadworks under construction. The bus dropped me (tram #8 not in service now) off next to a construction fence on the road nearby. Hardly any signage in German or English to figure out how to catch a bus back, so I ended up just walking.

The exhibit itself is like similar displays Ive seen throughout german museums when they have a section devoted to the fascist era of Germany. The only difference is that when I go to those other museums I actually see a full museum and that’s just one part, not the whole 6€ admission..

The old stomping grounds of the nazis is so spread out that it’s really not worth the effort unless you’re on a bike. It was literally a mile to the parade ground from the temp exhibit, so I cut my losses and headed back to the city center which is a much better use of your limited time traveling.
Written September 6, 2021
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Sarita S
London, UK56 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This is a vast place where the Nazi regime held their rallies and furthered the propaganda that a select few were special.
It was a chilling reminder of how extensively they brain washed people. it was interesting to see the infrastructure and system they had in place, as it was very effective and enabled them to successfully carry out their plans. A lot of the things seen on film suddenly made sense! The overall feeling of the place is however extremely depressing and i was glad to leave after a few hours there.
Written March 17, 2020
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Zosia B
Waterloo, Belgium1,474 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
The temporary exhibit had a lot of information but despite the timed visit, there were too many people for the space and social distancing wasn't possible. That said, the museum does a good job of walking visitor through the rise of the Nazi party in Germany and provides very insightful first person commentary to the events that surrounded these years. Well worth a visit.
Written August 7, 2021
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MALLINPJ
Perth, Australia216 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Couples
Even though the area is under construction, it is very easy to imagine the whole stadium and how celebratory (for want of a better word) the whole atmosphere was when rallies were held here. It's hard to believe that everyone who marched into the huge coliseum was of the same persuasion - but the grandeur must have been immense. It's a pity it's not made into a more interesting museum.
The lake you can walk around was just a very large muddy flat and very hard to imagine any fishing is possible.
We walked from the centre (long and boring) and then caught a number 8 bus back. There are no signs in English on any bus etc stops and be warned the busses etc are so efficient because they don't stop to answer questions!
Written December 5, 2021
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MSM923
Lafayette Hill, PA161 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
I had expected the Nuremberg Trials site to be the more interesting of the two sites we visited that day in Nuremberg but was very mistaken. The rally grounds are a must-visit. Inside the visitor center is a very well-done, and at times chilling, exhibition regarding the rise of the nazi party and its propaganda machine. Do the audio tour which provides a manageable and appropriate level of detail. Leave yourself time to make the lengthy walk around the lake to get to the massive marble structure from which the nazi leadership conducted their rallies. I think it is important to see to begin to understand the scope of the insanity that went on there.
Written January 4, 2020
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Emma_LNC
Heckington143 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
We arrived early and got straight in. The audio guides are fantastic. So much history within. Well worth a visit. Not really a place for small children. Corona restrictions are observed, mask wearing and social distancing.
Written October 9, 2020
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kpiddy
Brisbane, Australia12,266 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Even though there were major renovations going on at the Documentation Centre we were very satisfied with our visit to the temporary exhibition hall. Staff were so friendly and welcoming on our arrival, for the next 1.25 hours we read and tried to absorb as much of the information and exhibits that we could on the German period from 1918 to 1933, there was plenty to educate us, it was all so informative. The photos, objects and stories told were excellent. To complete our visit we wandered outside into the ruins of the rally grounds (now a carpark) to see the scale of the complex, simply incredible. We travelled to and from Nuremberg on the tram, either #6 or #8, the stop is right out the front of the centre; an inexpensive and efficient mode of transport.
Written September 17, 2023
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