We didn’t know about the existence of the Nazi Rally Grounds until after we arrived in Nuremberg.
It was listed as one of the attractions in the area, and our curiosity got the better of us so we took the train out one gloomy afternoon to pay the site a visit.
The on-site museum (Documentation Center) is housed in the old Congress Hall building. The exhibits feature detailed accounts of the rallies, as well as some history of the Nazi Party and national socialism in Germany.
Afterwards we were able to explore the grounds. It was a bizarre feeling standing on the podium of the Zeppelinfeld Grandstand, looking out over the field where 100,000 dedicated party members once cheered their leader.
Many areas in the Nazi Rally Grounds are still used today. Some of the stadiums have been converted to recreation areas, and the Great Road is used as a car park for special events.
You can find more info on the grounds at the Nuremberg Museums website.
The Zeppelin Field and its once magnificent Grandstand.
The Congress Hall building that houses the on-site museum. In the foreground is a lake created by excavation for the German Stadium which was never finished.
The museum was comprehensive. Videos were shown of some of the rallies as well as photos of the rally ground buildings in use.
Would you consider visiting the Nazi Rally Grounds on your travels through Germany? Share your thoughts on this controversial tourist attraction in the comments.
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