Nazi Party Rally Grounds

Nuremberg, Germany

The Nazi party rally grounds (Reichsparteitagsgelände) covered about 11 square kilometres in the southeast of Nuremberg. Six Nazi party rallies were held there between 1933 and 1938.

Only Zeppelinfeld, Luitpoldarena and Große Straße were finished. The Kongresshalle, Zeppelinfeld and the Große Straße have been under monument protection since 1973 as significant examples for NS architecture. The grounds were planned by Hitler's architect Albert Speer, apart from the Congress hall, which was planned by Ludwig and Franz Ruff. Today the whole site is a memorial, and parts are used as the Norisring motor racing track.

On 30 August 1933 Hitler declared Nuremberg the 'City of the Reich Party Congresses'. The Party Congresses were a self-portrayal of the NS-state and had no programmatic task. The unity of the nation was to be demonstrated. In a propagandistic way a relation was to be drawn between the NS movement and the glory of the medieval emperors and the meetings of the Imperial States which were held in Nuremberg.

The 'Ehrenhalle' was built by the city of Nuremberg according to a plan of German architect Fritz Mayer. It was inaugurated in 1930, before the Hitler era during the Weimar Republic. It is an arcaded hall with an adjacent cobbled stone terrace with two rows of pedestals for fire bowls. All fourteen pylons remain virtually intact and have not been ignited since the final Nazi party rally in September 1938. Originally the hall was to be a memorial site for the 9,855 soldiers from Nuremberg who were fallen in World War I.

The Congress Hall is the biggest preserved national socialist monumental building and is landmarked. It was planned by the Nuremberg architects Ludwig and Franz Ruff. It was intended to serve as a congress centre for the NSDAP with a self-supporting roof and should have provided 50,000 seats. It was located on the shore of and in the pond Dutzendteich and marked the entrance of the rally grounds. The design is inspired by the Colosseum in Rome. The foundation stone was laid in 1935, but the building remained unfinished and without a roof. The building with an outline of an 'U' ends with two head-buildings.

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Founded: 1933
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Historical period: Nazi Germany (Germany)

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Andy Wallace (17 months ago)
Hugely impressive depth of detail here. Opportunities to develop further using the audio guides. Nuremberg has much to say about the Nazi Party Grounds, and the setting here is phenomenal. A decent, if small range of detailed books. Cafe is fine, too.
whyiadda (19 months ago)
Very interesting. Learn a lot about the history of Hitlers rise to power, the significance of Nuremberg, and the architecture. Can make it a quick visit or a long visit. Really up to you as it is an audio guided tour that is self paced. The audio device works very well.
Gabriella West (19 months ago)
Really informative and interesting experience. Would highly recommend a visit here, particularly with the audio tour. The walk around the grounds is equally as interesting but not as informative
Kate Kosche (19 months ago)
Very moving and very surprising to me how much I liked it. Well, "liked" may be a poor choice of words, but it is absolutely worth the visit. Probably takes about 3 hours to do it justice. The headphone tour is worth it, but basically just reads (in English) what the poster or display says in German.
Jon Moss (2 years ago)
Fantastic review of a short period of German history. It was very informative on this period in history. The prices are very reasonable. GET the audio guide! The grounds are fascinating as are the buildings. This museum is exceptional. There is also a cafe inside, and the museum is very close to downtown. If you're looking for history of WWII, don't miss this stop. There is a good reasturant within walking just down the street.
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