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The image of Nuremberg conjures up some of the horrors of the 20th century, including a ranting Hitler proclaiming the supremacy of the Third Reich, the massive rallies photographed by Leni Riefenstahl, and the Nuremberg laws labeling Jews as second-class citizens. It was here that an International Tribunal convened at the end of World War II to try Nazi party leaders and sentenced some of them to death for crimes against humanity. The wrath of Allied bombers rained down on Nuremberg, but the city on the Pegnitz River in Franconia has been sensitively restored, especially its major monuments. Forever associated with the painter Albrecht ...

The image of Nuremberg conjures up some of the horrors of the 20th century, including a ranting Hitler proclaiming the supremacy of the Third Reich, the massive rallies photographed by Leni Riefenstahl, and the Nuremberg laws labeling Jews as second-class citizens. It was here that an International Tribunal convened at the end of World War II to try Nazi party leaders and sentenced some of them to death for crimes against humanity. The wrath of Allied bombers rained down on Nuremberg, but the city on the Pegnitz River in Franconia has been sensitively restored, especially its major monuments. Forever associated with the painter Albrecht Dürer, it was the center of the German Renaissance, an innovator in both art and science. A new Nuremberg awaits today's visitors, but it is not just as a tourist town, but a major industrial city turning out chemicals, electrical equipment, textiles and, most definitely, beer. Its annual fairs and exhibitions attract visitors from around the world. Nuremberg can easily occupy two days of your time, as you wander its marketplace, Hauptmarkt, and visit Albrecht Dürer's House and the Kaiserberg (Imperial Museum), as well as its Germanic National Museum, among other attractions.

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Darwin Porter and Danforth Prince have written many guidebooks for Frommer's, including Frommer's France and Frommer's Germany.

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