Albrecht Dürer is Nuremberg’s most famous historical figure, and a visit to the artist’s house is essential if you’re visiting the city. Entrance is conveniently included if you have a Nuremberg Card (€23), or it’s €5 for a casual entry. This includes an audioguide in a choice of languages, narrated by “Agnes Dürer”, Albrecht’s wife.
Although it’s a small museum, it is well curated and the audioguide really adds to the experience — though I felt like the voice actress could have used more emotion in her rendering of the script, and the texts are just a bit too long for each room.
Downstairs, you learn a little about the house itself and how the entrance hall would have been used when the Dürers were living there. An annex at the back has a chronology of Albrecht Dürer’s life and another one about the house, as well as multimedia displays which allow you to learn about some of the artist’s most famous works — he certainly had a penchant for self-portraits! Upstairs you can see copies of some of these works in the annex as well as the bedroom, dining room, parlour, and kitchen of the original house — each with an extensive audio-guide explanation.
Dürer’s studio is on the second floor, and is well decorated with authentic-looking paraphernalia; another room holds his printing press and is decorated with several of the prints the artist produced.
You probably won’t need more than an hour to visit the museum, but it’s worth a stop if you have the Nuremburg Card, or if you’re interested in how famous painters lived in the 1500s — or in the artist himself!
When you’re here you are close to the Wanderer Café and the castle complex, and two of the underground tours start just around the corner — so it’s in a great location.