The headlines the city produced in the following century were less favorable. Nuremberg became one of the core cities of the Nazi regime when it hosted the party’s annual conventions, known as the Nuremberg rallies, from 1927 through 1938. The Reichstag would hold sessions in town a few times and pass the Nuremberg Laws here, revoking German citizenship to Jews. Due to this significance, the city became the target of several air raids during the war, culminating in the bombing night of January 2nd, 1945, when almost the entire medieval core city was destroyed and thousands were killed. However, the Palace of Justice remained largely intact and was subsequently chosen as the venue for the Nuremberg Trials after the war. 24 of the Nazi top officials were put on trial by the allies here and charged with war crimes in various degrees.
Nuremberg today boasts a healthy economy which contrary to most other German cities, still has a strong industrial sector, making up roughly a fourth of the gross value generated in town, despite the fact that some well-known companies folded here in recent years. Siemens has a large presence in Nuremberg and is one of the city’s largest employers, commercial vehicle builder MAN manufactures engines here. In addition, there a number of renown publishing houses located here and the city has dedicated several commercial areas around town to attract a growing number of high-tech businesses. Nuremberg regularly hosts several large-scale trade fairs, the most famous being the International Toy Fair in February.
Apart from fairs and a series of cultural events throughout the year and many sights including three castles, visitors will find Nuremberg to be a rather green city with a number of carefully landscaped, often historical gardens and parks. Tourists will also enjoy the varieties of the Franconian cuisine. Among others, the Rostbratwurst, a sausage specialty, is a local favorite.
To get to Nuremberg, travelers may choose the city’s airport as their final destination, to which there are connecting flights from Frankfurt, Munich and Berlin. One can also go by car, as it only takes some 90 minutes to reach the city from Munich or a good two hours from Frankfurt. In addition, Nuremberg is a stop for several high-speed train connections.