Bavaria - Germany's largest state - presents a unique way of life. At the crossroads between centuries-old tradition and modern innovativeness, the free state maintains a characteristic heartiness. The big cities reflect this Bavarian essence: As an example, Nuremberg welcomes its visitors with traditional hospitality and an exciting cultural scene.
You won't find a more varied landscape anywhere. At the foot of high mountains lie shimmering lakes and streams or thick forests. You can find a haven of tranquillity in these natural spectacles, which also provide the setting for many sporting activities. In vast hop fields and vineyards, the Bavarian specialities are cultivated and later processed into the fine wines and hop-aromatic beers for which Bavaria is known all over the world.
The typical food and drink of the region is enjoyed by locals and visitors alike in quaint inns and beer gardens or at the numerous folk festivals all over Bavaria. This and festive occasions are the setting for various Bavarian traditions, like summer-end cattle drive, whip cracking, water jousting, and coopers' dance, and that take some visitors aback at first.
The Bavarian cities are also impressively diverse. Whether it's a small, romantic town or a lively metropolis, all over Bavaria there are places of great historical or cultural significance: magnificent palaces and castles surrounded by parks and gardens full of blooms, imposing monasteries, churches and sacred buildings and distinguished museums, opera houses and other cultural institutions. Seven cultural sites dotted over Bavaria have been designated as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
All these facets can be found in Nuremberg. The city in central Franconia possesses the mediaeval charm of a town that was erected over 950 years ago but also pulses to the heartbeat of a modern metropolis. The Kaiserburg (the Imperial Castle and symbol of Nuremberg), Gothic churches and half-timbered houses are interspersed with modern buildings - a combination which gives the city its charm.
This, the second-largest city of Bavaria, is the home of many cultural highlights. Some of the most famous German artists come or came from Nuremberg, for example Albrecht Dürer. At his former home and studio, as well as in museums such as the New Museum – State Museum for Art and Desing and the Germanische Nationalmuseum, which is next to the "Way of Human Rights" memorial, history is brought to life and the bridge between tradition and modernity is crossed with the greatest of ease.
Nuremberg is just as well known for its extraordinary cultural events, such as Open Air Classics and the Bards' Meeting. One of these is the "Blue Night", or Long Night of Art and Culture, when the whole of Nuremberg city centre is bathed in blue light while visitors can attend many different events.
Culinary delicacies have a long tradition in Franconia, and especially in Nuremberg. Typical specialities such as Nuremberg bratwurst, lebkuchen, the traditional gingerbread, and Franconian wine can best be enjoyed at the famous Nuremberg Christmas Market or in the cosy pubs and inviting beer gardens. Surrounded by memorable historic buildings, you will certainly have an unforgettable experience.
We look forward to your visit to Bavaria and welcome you warmly to GTM 2017 in Nuremberg!