Dokumentationszentrum (Documentation Center), Nuremberg

Dokumentationszentrum (Documentation Center), Nuremberg (must see)

The Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände ("Documentation Center Nazi Party Rallying Grounds) is in the north wing of the unfinished remains of the Congress Hall of the former Nazi party rallies. Its permanent exhibition "Fascination and Terror" is concerned with the causes, connections, and consequences of Nazi Germany. Topics that have a direct reference to Nuremberg are especially taken into account. Attached to the museum is an education forum.

Austrian architect Günther Domenig designed the museum, winning the 1998 international competition with his proposal to spear through the northern head of the building with a diagonal glass and steel passageway. The exhibition of the center endeavors to explain what led to the National Socialists' criminal exercise of power and to reveal how the various causal factors were interrelated. A further goal is a frank presentation of the violent consequences that ensued for the population.

The exhibition is structured in chronological order and presented in narrative form, using classical exhibition methods as well as of modern forms of presentation. Five films newly created for the Documentation Center are essential elements on the route through the exhibition. Easy-to-use electronic display stations on various topics offer a wealth of informative pictorial material. Eyewitness interviews which were specially filmed are aimed at making history much more amenable, particularly for the younger generation. A wearable audio guide leads visitors through the exhibition in English, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, and Polish. The exhibition area offers a total of 1,300 sqm of floor space.

Why You Should Visit:
If you wondered about the history of Nuremberg vis-à-vis WWII, this museum will really open your eyes.
The highlight of the tour is walking out the ramp doors onto the grate that looks out into the Rally Grounds/Congress Hall – you can feel the imposing nature of the Nazi architecture.

Tip:
Plan to spend at least 2 hrs in the museum and then take an hour or so to walk around the rally grounds and visit the (very sad and tragic) Zeppelin Field outdoor stadium area.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 9am-6pm; Sat, Sun: 10am-6pm
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Dokumentationszentrum (Documentation Center) on Map

Sight Name: Dokumentationszentrum (Documentation Center)
Sight Location: Nuremberg, Germany (See walking tours in Nuremberg)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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