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“Look out the Durer's window!”

Albrecht Durer House
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Nuremberg Old Town Walking Tour
Ranked #16 of 173 things to do in Nuremberg
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Look out the Durer's window!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2014

Audio guide is included in the price. Ask for a discount if you are a teacher. Top floor has current artists works which can be inappropriate for preteen kids.

Visited June 2014
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“Big painter, little house: 3.5 rating rounded up to a 4.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2014

Nuremberg’s most famous son lived here for almost two decades and thankfully there is a piece of that time intact. Although remodeled over the years this is the real thing; it opened in 1871 and was damaged, closed, then repaired after the war before reopening on Durer’s 500th birthday in 1971. I visited here after spending an emotionally draining day at the Nuremberg Courtroom and found it a welcome change of pace. The house is located in the northwest corner of the enclosed Old Town adjacent to the castle; it is probably the most popular attraction in the town and easily found on all maps with street signs pointing the way in abundance. Admission is reasonable (5 Euro) as are opening times (roughly 10AM to 5-8PM)

An audio guide is available and highly recommended unless you can take the personal English tour given by an actress on Saturdays. The house has five floors although I believe only four are open for the exhibition. The ground floor contains a clever digital media station with pictures of most of Durer’s famous works along with a timeline of his life. Narrow stairs lead to the first floor which contains a kitchen and salon, followed by large workshop and printing room on the floor above. The upper floor contains a rotating exhibit which I did not visit. The audio guide provides commentary from a virtual Agnes Durer and covers mostly routine day-to-day explanations of the objects in front of you and some tid-bits about Durer's life.

The visit was pleasant enough with a somewhat significant limitation. The main issue I had was really with the seemingly multiple goals of the house. The main floor seemed to give an overview of his life in one room, the second focused on the daily routines in the house, and the upper floor seemed to want to present the practical, hands-on perspective of being a painter. These were done well but by the nature of the size of the area each was somewhat superficial. I left knowing more about him than when I came but overall it was the equivalent of educational fast food. I would never dissuade someone from visiting as there is enough here that I found interesting but be prepared to make quick mental adjustments along the way. A recommended visit but it will most likely be a quick one.

Visited June 2014
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“Historical journey”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2014 via mobile

I felt like i spend my time with Dürer himself. And i was lucky to see one of his etching works become real in amazing studio surrounded with his daily working materials.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2014

Our guide took the role of Durer's wife and spoke in 1st person. She was excellent and engaged all of us with her wealth of knowledge. We spent two hours going through this house floor by floor learning about the history of the area and Durer himself. Find time to visit this fabulous house in the heart of the old town.

Visited June 2014
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“Worth the entry price of €5.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2014

This is Durer's actual house, so that's a plus. It's not been altered much and survived the war. The audio guide which comes with the entry fee (in English) is worth using. Often they aren't as they distract from the experience, but this one helped. It's a walk up hill to the top of town, so be warned of the climb.

Visited May 2014
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