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Former Nazi Party Rally Grounds

Obligation to the Past

Former Nazi Party Rally Grounds © Uwe Niklas

On the Trail of History with the Future in Mind

Nuremberg – the city of the Nazi Party Rallies, the city of the race laws, the city in which trials against those responsible for the crimes of the Nazi regime took place. How does Nuremberg address this past? How does the city encourage guests to learn about this part of its history? How does one present the traces of this history in a responsible way, without creating sensationalist headlines?

Working under the guiding principle “An Obligation to the Past”, the city of Nuremberg has taken up this task for many decades and has answered its past and future by proclaiming itself the "City of Peace and Human Rights".

 

Learning lessons from megalomania

The National Socialists discovered Nuremberg early and claimed the city for their national Nazi Party Rallies in 1933. The city which was so important in the first German empire (from 800 to 1806) was intended to become a symbol of eternal glory for the Third Reich.

Monstrous plans were drawn up for the Nazi Party Rally Grounds; World War II put an end to this architectural megalomania. The Documentation Centre Former Nazi Party Rally Grounds in the Congress Hall shows the effects of the regime on the city of Nuremberg and its citizens. In the Nuremberg Palace of Justice, site of the Nuremberg Trials, the Memorium Nuremberg Trials museum keeps the events which took place in Courtroom 600 alive.

Former Nazi Party Rally Grounds
Former Nazi Party Rally Grounds © Uwe Niklas

Obligation to the past Important Places

City of Human Rights Places&Events

The Way of Human Rights

The Way of Human Rights is entered through a stylized triumphal arch from the Kornmarkt and lined by 27, 8-meter-high concrete pillars.

Film Festivals in Nuremberg

Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival

October 15-22, 2025

 

Every other year in October, the Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival (NIHRFF) takes place in conjunction with the awards ceremony of the Nuremberg International Human Rights Prize. Documentaries, dramas and animated films, all of a high artistic quality, share have the common goal of underscoring the importance of human dignity and international understanding. The festival center is located in the Künstlerhaus im KunstKulturQuartier. Doris Dörrie, Katja Riemann, Ulrich Gregor and Volker Schlöndorff are among the prominent supporters of this film festival.

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Straße der Kinderrechte

Children's Way of Human Rights

Since 2007, the "Children's Way of Human Rights" project has been making the articles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child tangible in a playful way in Nuremberg City Park. All the stations, whether the parent sculpture, the water-spouting turtle, the amphitheatre, the equality figures, the letter tree, the play street or the advertising pillar, have been cheerfully and colourfully designed by children and regional artists.

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