This is a very interesting museum at the exact place where the Nazi party had their party events, their "Reichsparteitage" - the national meetings with people from all over the German Reich.You can seeand understand how they worked with light, architecture, masses of people, music, group exercises etc. to make people feel small and feel being part of something much bigger than themselves.The information comes in a couple of languages on the audio guide and is well matched with pictures, things, documents, movies and locations. The building is an arrow of glass and steel that goes right through the heart of the the building for the Nazi party that had never been finished until their power endend.
My wife and I rated this a "must see" while in Nurenberg. We took a taxi from Old Town to the center, too far to walk, 4 miles or so. Awesome historical documentation, explanation and evidence of the Hitler era in German history. What grandiose plans of the third Reich and gruesome autrosieties committed makes ones aware of how evil we humans can be if left to their our own egos and depravity. The spear thru the heart of the Nazi Congress Building is fitting symbolism of the death of the Third Reich, never to happen again.
I was expecting something different. I would like to have seen more details and additional visual material.
So eerie but interesting to see places and things you've read about in history in real life. Not a lot of museums in Germany about Hitler. A walk nearby and you can see the big Zeppelin field where he did a lot of his big speeches and rallies. Fascinating.
As a person in to my history I had thought I knew most thinga about ww2. This place changed that entirely. The museum provides an excellent in depth look at the rise of Hitler and portrayed effectively the impact that the Nazis had on the German people and how they were also victims. The rally grounds are a must see to gauge the scale of the rallies, however if I had a slight gripe it would be that approaching from the exhibition centre, the location of the museum is not too obvious.
Focused on Hitler and the rise of his party rather than the war, this museum gives an interesting angle on German history. The boards are all in German but the audio guide covers in board in your chosen language. There are also a few short films- also translated by the audio guide. There is a lot to get through but I found myself hooked on the next story.After visiting the centre take a walk around the parade grounds to see the scale of the buildings and area.Well worth the 5 euro entrance (outside tour is free)
You will be in awe at the historical perspective this museum shares. A lot of interesting facts I never knew about the rise and fall of the Nazi regime, and its impact on the German people. Take your time and make sure you get the audio. You will be enlightened at Hitler as a PR "machine," and witness the tragedies resulting from his time in power. Probably not a good choice for young children.
And even if you are not you have to see it anyway. You have a duty to find out more about the rise and fall of the Nazis. To ensure that wherever you are you play your part in ensuring nothing like that happens again.Wonderful film ciips, photos. Audioguides tell you the whole lot. Its huge, I think you need about three hours minimum to give it justice
I spent more than four(4) hours at the Documentation Centre last month prior to walking around the Former Nazi Party Rally Grounds. It is an easy trip on Tram #9 from the main train station.One can store a coat easily in the lobby and I thought the audioguide in English was especially well done for my level of interest. I was also able to visit an excellent free temporary exhibit of photos taken by Jewish photographers in the Litzmannstadt Ghetto in Lodz, Poland that were on display in a few hallways of the Congress Hall where the Documentation Centre is housed.The format of the museum is that of a time line tracing the rise of the National Socialists and the role that this area of Nuremberg played in their annual staged propaganda rallies that were held here from 1933 through 1938 with more than one million attendees.The audioguide has many options at the various "stations" along the easily followed tour route that allows one to easily receive information at whatever level of depth that one might desire. There are places to sit at most of the "stations" if one wishes to spend extended time at that spot to listen to more extensive narratives about the topic that is highlighted.I would highly recommend that one go out on the cantilevered walkway near the end of the tour which gives a unique view of the Congress Hall.The information available here dovetails perfectly with that at the Memorium Nuremberg Trials.
The museum is so well put together. Take your time and sit down when you can. Five euro fee for the audio hire. I would recommend about 2 hours and 3 if you want to listen to every little bit of information. Very informative!