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German National Museum

Inspect the thought-provoking exhibits of Germany’s largest cultural history museum in a collection that spans from prehistoric ages to the present day.

The German National Museum (Germanisches Nationalmuseum) incorporates a vast trove of artifacts relating to the country’s cultural heritage. Totaling more than 1.3 million objects, the museum’s collection is one of the country’s most impressive holdings. Stroll through the museum complex, which merges an intriguing variety of architecture ranging from early 20th-century galleries to the late medieval cloisters of a former Carthusian monastery.

The museum was established in the late 19th century with the intention of exploring a unified Germanic culture after the failed German revolutions of the 1840s. Find out about the traditional unity of different regions, as well as their customs and artistic heritage. Make your way into the museum through its light-filled main foyer and learn about the beginnings of Germanic culture as you follow chronological exhibits of prehistoric artifacts. Peruse notable artistic and cultural relics that have helped to form Germany’s identity over the centuries. Go back in time to the Paleolithic Age and see artifacts from the times of Charlemagne when you explore the museum’s archaeological holdings.

In the museum’s collection of artworks, look for pieces by the High Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer and the German expressionist painter Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. The museum’s German Art Archive contains a large collection of German-related prints and manuscripts. Stroll through galleries dedicated to German architecture and design, as well as a collection with a focus on German craft through the ages. See decorative arts, furniture, musical instruments, textiles and science equipment attributed to German culture.

Wander through the Collection of Children’s Toys exhibit, which features 17th-century dollhouses among its collection of 20,000 items. Numismatic collections and weaponry spanning from the 11th to the 19th century are also on display.

The museum is located in the St. Lorenz district of Nuremberg’s Old Town. Reach the site easily via public transportation serving the nearby Nuremberg Opera House. The museum is closed on Mondays. Take advantage of reduced ticket prices for small groups and families. Guided tours in English are available on alternate Sundays.


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Adina Apartment Hotel Nuremberg $106
Adina Apartment Hotel Nuremberg

Adina Apartment Hotel Nuremberg

Dr.-Kurt-Schumacher-Str. 1-7, Nuremberg
     
    4.7
    of 5, from 329 reviews
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    Located in Nuremberg Old Town, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Way of Human Rights and City Point Nuremberg. Nuremberg Opera House and St. Lorenz Church are also within 10 minutes.

    Le Méridien Grand Hotel Nürnberg $105
    Le Méridien Grand Hotel Nürnberg

    Le Méridien Grand Hotel Nürnberg

    Bahnhofstrasse 1-3, Nuremberg
       
      4.2
      of 5, from 614 reviews
      4.5 out of 5.0

      Situated at the entrance to the historic city center, this renovated 19th-century hotel is across from the main railway station and a short distance from the Christkindlmarkt and Kaiserburg Castle.

      IntercityHotel Nürnberg $60
      IntercityHotel Nürnberg

      IntercityHotel Nürnberg

      Eilgutstr. 8, Nuremberg
         
        4.0
        of 5, from 760 reviews
        3.5 out of 5.0

        Located in Mitte, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Museum of Communication and Deutsche Bahn Railway Museum. German National Museum and St. Lorenz Church are also within 15 minutes.

        INVITE Hotel Nürnberg City $55
        INVITE Hotel Nürnberg City

        INVITE Hotel Nürnberg City

        Landgrabenstr. 25, Nuremberg
           
          3.6
          of 5, from 322 reviews
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          Located in Mitte, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Plarrer Square, Deutsche Bahn Railway Museum, and German National Museum. St. Lorenz Church and Schoener Brunnen are also within 2 mi (3 km).

          Hotel Continental $56
          Hotel Continental

          Hotel Continental

          Luitpoldstrasse 14-16, Nuremberg
             
            2.5
            of 5, from 189 reviews
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            Located in Nuremberg Old Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of New Museum, German National Museum, and St. Lorenz Church. Deutsche Bahn Railway Museum and Heilig Geist Spital are also within 10 minutes.

            Holiday Inn Express Nuremberg City - Hauptbahnhof $88
            Holiday Inn Express Nuremberg City - Hauptbahnhof

            Holiday Inn Express Nuremberg City - Hauptbahnhof

            Bahnhofstr. 14, Nuremberg
               
              4.2
              of 5, from 480 reviews
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Located in Marienvorstadt, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Handwerkerhof, St. Lorenz Church, and German National Museum. Deutsche Bahn Railway Museum and Heilig Geist Spital are also within 15 minutes.

              Burghotel Nürnberg $59
              Burghotel Nürnberg

              Burghotel Nürnberg

              Lammsgasse 3, Nuremberg
                 
                4.3
                of 5, from 305 reviews
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Located in Nuremberg Old Town, this hotel is steps from Albrecht Duerer House and St. Sebaldus Church. Schoener Brunnen and Frauenkirche are also within 10 minutes.

                Maritim Hotel Nürnberg $97
                Maritim Hotel Nürnberg

                Maritim Hotel Nürnberg

                Frauentorgraben 11, Nuremberg
                   
                  4.0
                  of 5, from 525 reviews
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                  This Nuremberg hotel is 200 meters from the train station and just outside the walls of the Old City. The Nuremberg Opera House is at only 200 meters (0.1 miles) away, the Hauptmarkt and Heilig-Geist-Spital are within 0.8 km (0.5 mi). Nuremberg Castle is 1.3 km (0.8 mi) away.