Since 1995, the "Friends of the Nuremberg Rock Cellars" have run the very successful "World War II Art Bunker" exhibition. In 2013 the association was working hand-in-hand with Nuremberg Municipal Museums to give the exhibition a fresh face. The redesigned and expanded collection was re-open in March 2013.
Every day, at 2.30 p.m., on Saturdays also at 5.30 p.m., there is a German-language tour of the World War II Art Bunker for individual visitors. Starting on April 18, 2014 guided tours in German are also offered each Friday at 5.30 p.m.
The meeting point for this tour is the brewery shop at the House Brewery Altstadthof, Bergstraße 19.
You may also buy tour tickets there.
In addition to these regular guided tours, the Verein Nürnberger Felsengänge e.V. (Association of Friends of Nuremberg Rock Cellars) is happy to arrange special guided tours for groups of up to 25 persons in German, English, French, Italian, Spanish and Czech.
You may find further information on this under the heading "General Information".
Sheltered in the depths of the castle rock, the most important Nuremberg art treasures survived the air raids of World War II unharmed.
Shortly after the beginning of the war, a shelter unique in Germany was created under extremely difficult conditions in the old rock cellars - former beer cellars directly under the Imperial Castle. Irretrievable art treasures were to be protected here from fire, smoke, gas and pillaging and secured for generations to come.
An intricate system was created to drain, heat and ventilate the cellars - to a depth of up to 24 metres - to provide the best possible conditions. Even rooms and facilities for guards were included.
The treasures sheltered here in the bomb-proof cellars included famous Nuremberg attractions such as the Annunciation by Veit Stoß from St Lawrence's Church, the Imperial Insignia and the "Clockwork Men" from Our Lady's on the Main Market Square.
Today, large parts of the original fittings in the Art Shelter can still be seen, including the guards' rooms.
A display of photographs, as well as original sound and film recordings, serve as a reminder of the air raids of World War II which destroyed mediaeval Nuremberg.