The city of Nürnberg, in the German state of Bavaria, is famous for its medieval walls and ancient castle, gingerbread cookies, toy manufacturing, Gothic churches, Nürnberger Bratwurst and the Christmas market. The city dates back to the year 1050 and for around 500 years, it was the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire, sometimes referred to by historians as the First Reich or first German empire. The National Socialists made Nürnberg the unofficial capital of their empire, which became known as the Third Reich. The Second Reich was the unification of the German states in 1871.
Places I recommend to visit when you are in the city:
Germanisches Nationalmuseum – the largest museum of cultural history of Germany
CLOTHING FROM 1700
Women's, men's and children's clothing from the 18th to the 20th century
The exhibition features around 300 original pieces of clothing spanning three centuries, illustrating fashion trends and their manifold social connections. A chronologically ordered tour draws out the leitmotifs of men's and women's clothing from 1700 to 1970. A second tour departs from chronology and looks into selected themes of clothing culture. Twenty large display cases present underwear, swimwear fashions, children's clothes, features of regional dress, emergency clothing in wartime and the post-war years, wedding garments, headgear, shoes and the political appropriation of clothing.
The exhibition is located in the building of a former childcare institution and contains objects from 1550 to the 20th century. On the ground floor, four Nuremberg dollhouses from the 17th century are exhibited within the context of the contemporary understanding of the world and are juxtaposed with later dollhouses and doll's kitchens intended for play, demonstrating how children's play environments have changed. The exhibition also looks at the discovery of childhood as an independent chapter of life and the gender-differentiated role of toys in child-rearing. For boys, this involved tin figures, wagons, building blocks, trains and optical toys, while girls first and foremost played with fashionably dressed dolls and the closely associated dollhouses and doll's kitchens.
Imperial Castle of Nuremberg
The Imperial Castle is the symbol of Nuremberg. Since the Middle Ages its silhouette has represented the power and importance of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation and the outstanding role of the imperial city of Nuremberg. More...
Toy Museum Nürnberg
Nuremberg has been well known for its toys for more than 600 years. Its tradition goes back to medieval doll makers and ranges forward through outstanding makers of pewter figurines and Theo numerous tin toy makers of Theo industrial era, all Theo way to today’s international toy fair, Theo world’s most important trade show of its kind.
This rich cultural heritage also includes Theo world-renowned toy museum, in the heart of the old town. Its 1400 square meters of exhibition space display a wealth of exceptional objects from the “World made small”. Dolls, shops, tin figurines and metal toys of all kinds, traditional wood toys and a large s-gauge model train layout.