There are large stages on the main market, behind the Lorenz Church, on the island of Schütt and other places. For street artists from all over the world, squares and alleys are the stage on which they present themselves. Everywhere you get to hear music from all corners of the world at the Bardentreffen. And best of all: The World Music Festival does not cost any entry.
It is one of the largest music festivals in Germany and annually fills the old town of Nuremberg on the first weekend of the Bavarian summer holidays with national and international sounds: the Bardentreffen. More than 200,000 people celebrate the Bardentreffen every year. It is a superlative music spectacle that Nuremberg is organizing: For the Süddeutsche Zeitung, "Germany's largest free & outdoor music festival" is also "Nuremberg's fifth season".
Nuremberg is Bavaria's second-largest city after Munich, and a popular tourist destination for foreigners and Germans.
Beyond its main attractions of the Imperial Castle, St. Lorenz Church, and Nazi Trial grounds, there are 54 different museums for arts and culture, history, science and technology, family and children, and more niche categories, where visitors can see the world's oldest globe (built in 1492), a 500-year-old Madonna, and Renaissance-era German art.
There are several types of tours offered in the city, including historic tours, those that are Nazi-focused, underground and night tours, walking tours, sightseeing buses, self guided tours, and an old town tour on a mini train.
Nuremberg also offers several parks and green areas, as well as indoor activities such as bowling, rock wall climbing, escape rooms, cart racing, and mini-golf, theatres and cinemas, pools and thermal spas. There are also six nearby amusement parks. The city's tourism board sells the Nurnberg Card which allows for the free use of public transportation and free entry to all museums and attractions in Nuremberg for a two-day period.
Nuremberg is also a destination for food lovers. Culinary tourists can taste the city's famous lebkuchen, gingerbread, local beer, and Nürnberger Rostbratwürstchen (Nuremberg sausages)*. There are hundreds of restaurants for all tastes, including traditional franconian restaurants and beer gardens. Also, the city offers many vegan and vegetarian restaurants, seven fully organic restaurants. Nuremberg also boasts several Michelin Star rated restaurants.
Like many European cities, Nuremberg offers a pedestrian-only zone covering a large portion of the old town, which is a main destination for shopping and specialty retail. It houses several local family-run businesses which sell handcrafted items from glass, wood, leather, pottery, and precious metals. The Handwerkerhof is also home to traditional German restaurants and beer gardens.
In 1515, Albrecht Dürer, a native of Nuremberg, created woodcuts of the first maps of the stars of the northern and southern hemispheres, producing the first printed star charts, which had been ordered by Johannes Stabius. Around 1515 Dürer also published the "Stabiussche Weltkarte", the first perspective drawing of the terrestrial globe.
Printers and publishers have a long history in Nuremberg. Many of these publishers worked with well-known artists of the day to produce books that could also be considered works of art. In 1470 Anton Koberger opened Europe's first print shop in Nuremberg. In 1493, he published the Nuremberg Chronicles, also known as the World Chronicles (Schedelsche Weltchronik), an illustrated history of the world from its creation to the present day. It was written in the local Franconian dialect by Hartmann Schedel and had illustrations by Michael Wohlgemuth, Wilhelm Pleydenwurff, and Albrecht Dürer. Others furthered geographical knowledge and travel by map-making. Notable among these was the navigator and geographer Martin Behaim, who made the first world globe.
Sculptors such as Veit Stoss, Adam Kraft and Peter Vischer are also associated with Nuremberg.
Composed of prosperous artisans, the guilds of the Meistersingers flourished here. Richard Wagner made their most famous member, Hans Sachs, the hero of his opera Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. Baroque composer Johann Pachelbel was born here and was organist of St. Sebaldus Church.
The academy of fine arts situated in Nuremberg is the oldest art academy in central Europe and looks back to a tradition of 350 years of artistic education.
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