Albrecht-Dürer-Haus, Nuremberg

Albrecht-Dürer-Haus, Nuremberg (must see)

The home of German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer from 1509 to his death in 1528 lies in the extreme north-west of Nuremberg's Altstadt, near the Kaiserburg section of the Nuremberg Castle and the Tiergärtnertor of Nuremberg's city walls.

The house was built around 1420. It has five stories; the bottom two have sandstone walls, while the upper stories are timber-framed; the entire structure is topped by a half-hip roof. In 1501, it was purchased by Bernhard Walther, a merchant and prominent astronomer. Walter remodeled the house, adding small windows to the roof so that it could function as an observatory. Walther died in 1504, and Dürer purchased the house five years later.

Since 1871 the Albrecht-Dürer-Haus has been a museum dedicated to Dürer's life and work. It was heavily remodeled sometime in the 1890s, with the large dormer on the north-facing roof being the largest addition. In October 1944, it took significant damage from Allied bombing. It was rebuilt by 1949 but did not reopen as a museum until 1971, Dürer's 500th birthday.

The museum features installations of period furnishings, a re-creation of Dürer's workshop in which visitors can view demonstrations of printmaking techniques, and rotating exhibitions of drawings and prints by Dürer from the City of Nuremberg's Graphic Collection. Visitors can also receive a guided tour of the house from an actress playing Agnes Dürer, the wife of the artist.

Why You Should Visit:
English audio guide included in the ticket price. The amazing stories about the building and Durer's life are fascinating (eg. petty bureaucrats and 'facilities').
Aside from learning about Dürer as an artist and his era, you can watch a woman make prints of some of his most famous images or buy several souvenirs from the nice gift shop across the street.
If you're not an art buff, the house is still worth it – attractive on the outside, it's also quite interesting on the inside, as in the different rooms you'll get a feel for what it was like to live in that era.

Tip:
As the restaurant is highly rated yet very small, you must be ready to share the table with other people if necessary (sometimes it is a good opportunity to meet new people). Booking is mandatory if you want to be sure to eat there.

Opening Hours:
Mon (Jul-Sep, Dec during Christmas market): 10am-5pm; Tue-Fri: 10am-5pm; Thu: 10am-8pm; Sat, Sun, Holidays: 10am-6pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Albrecht-Dürer-Haus on Map

Sight Name: Albrecht-Dürer-Haus
Sight Location: Nuremberg, Germany
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walk  

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