Albrecht Dürer's House, Nuremberg

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Albrecht Dürer's House (German: Albrecht-Dürer-Haus) is a Nuremberg Fachwerkhaus that was the home of German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer from 1509 to his death in 1528. The House lies in the extreme north-west of Nuremberg's Altstadt, near the Kaiserburg section of the Nuremberg Castle and the Tiergärtnertor of Nuremberg's city walls.


The house was built around 1420. It has five stories; the bottom two have sandstone walls, while the upper stories are timber framed; the entire structure is topped by a half-hip roof. In 1501, it was purchased by Bernhard Walther, a merchant and prominent astronomer. Walter remodeled the house, adding small windows to the roof so that it could function as an observatory. Walther died in 1504, and Dürer purchased the house in 1509.


Since 1871 the Albrecht-Dürer-Haus has been a museum dedicated to Dürer's life and work. In a restoration of 1909, the large dormer on the east-facing roof was replaced. (Compare the earliest known engraving showing the house, from 1714 with this photograph taken between 1860 and 1875 with this postcard from 1909. ) In October 1944, it took significant damage from Allied bombing. It was rebuilt by 1949, but did not reopen as a museum until 1971, Dürer's 500th birthday.
The museum features installations of period furnishings, a re-creation of Dürer's workshop in which visitors can view demonstrations of printmaking techniques, and rotating exhibitions of drawings and prints by Dürer from the City of Nuremberg's Graphic Collection. Visitors can also receive a guided tour of the house from an actress playing Agnes Dürer, the wife of the artist.
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  • Near the northern wall road access, this magestic building stands proud and more promenient than the more famous Albrecht Durer House  more »
  • Beneath the walls of Nuremberg Castle, this building stands with a typical lattice wooden frame, so far from our Mediterranean buildings that we are surprised.
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  • A great place to stop and see one of the only houses of 16th century Artisan in all of northern Europe! Prices are very inexpensive and they have an audio guide that comes with the price of admission. Be sure to have your students bring their school ID to get a huge discount (€6 is the normal price for adults and students are admitted for only €1.50!). Give yourself about 45 minutes to an hour. Also, your admission also gets you a free gift (usually a post card) from the gift shop across the street. Most people skip that, but they have a great selection of reproductions and lithographs among other items.
  • Don't expect to see much of Durer's work in this museum, as most of it was sold and left the city already during artist's life. But it does convey the atmosphere of the time well. Do take the time to walk the streets around the museum, the mix of old and new is simply enchanting.

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