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The Historische Kunstbunker (Historic art bunker) is a tunnel complex under Nuremberg Castle in the old city of Nuremberg. It forms part of the Nuremberg Historic Mile.Our Nuremberg trip itinerary maker site makes visiting Historischer Kunstbunker and other Nuremberg attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
In the Middle Ages, a network of rock passages was built in the hard sandstone of the castle. In the summer of 1940 the stone cellar of 52 Obere Schmiedgasse street was renovated for the protection of Nuremberg's artworks from air raids. The Neutorturm was also used as an art bunker from 1941 and the Paniersbunker under Paniersplatz from 1943.
The construction regulated heating, ventilation, and drainage; the bunker extended 24 metres down and offered optimal conditions. There were also facilities for the guards. Contents included:
Veit Stoss' Annunciation from St. Lorenz
The Altarpiece of Veit Stoss
The Imperial Regalia
The Automaton clock from the Frauenkirche
The Codex Manesse
Works of Albrecht Dürer
Historic musical instruments, scientific implements and clock mechanisms
Furniture and windows from the churches of the old city.Since 1994, there has been an organisation called Kunstbunker – forum für zeitgenössische kunst, which organises exhibitions of contemporary art in another Second World War bunker in Nuremberg. This bunker is located under the construction yard, near the Kunsthalle Nürnberg.
Historischer Kunstbunker Reviews
Have visited Nuremberg previously but did not visit these tunnels. Very important and significant part of the war but little is known about it. The tour is well presented and the audio guide gives... more »
I was concerned that this would be empty tunnels but we found it much more interesting than expected. The tunnels were climate controlled and lots of the machinery was still in place along with air..... more »
Knowledgable tour guides in a cool place (literally and figuratively). Needing an audio guide for any language besides German is a bummer, but at least they offer them so that you can follow along with the actual tour guides walking everyone through the exhibits.
Tour was interesting but would have liked it in English. Audio guide was good.
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