From 2001 to December 2020, the 1,300-square-meter Permanent Exhibition titled "Fascination and Violence" explored the causes, background and effects of the National Socialist tyranny. More than 4 million people from all over the world visited over that time. Now the Documentation Center is being remodeled. For the duration of the construction work, the Rally Grounds' history will be recounted in a compact Interim Exhibition in the Large Exhibition Hall: "Nuremberg – Site of the Nazi Party Rallies. Staging, Experience and Violence." The Documentation Center will reopen with a new Permanent Exhibition in 2023.
With a virtual tour you can once again stroll through the former permanent exhibition – including explanations from the audio guide.
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The tour of the exhibition concluded by offering visitors a view of the Congress Hall's never-completed courtyard. This was intended to become an auditorium that would hold an audience of 50,000 people during Party Congresses – under a columnless long-span roof with a glass center.
A view of the Volkspark at the Dutzendteich. The "Great Avenue" was the central axis of the Rally Grounds. With clear ideological intent, its northern end is aligned with the city's castle, a symbol of the old Holy Roman Empire. In the background you can see the never-finished Congress Hall; the Zeppelin Field and its Grandstand are on the opposite side of the lake.