© Christine Dierenbach

Key facts:

  • one of the most important buildings in Nuremberg
  • the magnificent city council chamber is an example of the mastery of Gothic architecture
  • the council chamber once featured paintings based on sketches by Albrecht Dürer, who also supervised the work
  • the Medieval Dungeons of Nuremberg are located in the cellar of the Historical City Hall

In 1520, Albrecht Dürer and W. Pirckheimer established the iconography for the painting of the walls. The end of the Thirty Year's War was celebrated here with a Peace Banquet in 1649. Beneath the great hall are dungeons which testify to the nature of medieval justice and can be visited.

In the years 1616 - 22, the town hall was extended by Jakob Wolff. His plan for a palazzo-like building reflects the influence of the Italian Renaissance. In the facade, the regularity of the window zones contrasts with the three Baroque portals, the central one of which bears the imperial eagle and the city's two coats of arms.

The entire complex was destroyed by bombs in 1945. Reconstruction, 1956 - 62. Replicas of some of the medieval imperial regalia may be seen in the "Ehrenhalle"(ground floor).

At a glance


Rathausplatz 2
90403 Nürnberg

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Guided Tours

For Law and Order

Tour of the Town Hall and the medieval dungeons

The tour shows how in days gone by the Nuremberg Town Hall was structured and how the city was governed.  During the tour of the medieval dungeons visitors will gain an insight into the legal system of the old free imperial city.

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: 3,- € (no registration)

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Group Tours:

25 persons max., bookable in English, other languages on request. The tour starts daily between 11am and 3 pm. Price: 25 EUR group admission and 85 EUR tour fee

Booking and information: Education Department of the Museums in Nuremberg (KPZ) Tel. (0911) 13 31 - 241  schulen@kpz-nuernberg.de