From 1050 to 1571, the city was a regular stop on the progression of the Holy Roman Emperor, particularly because imperial diets and courts met at Nuremberg Castle. The Diets of Nuremberg were an important part of the administrative structure of the empire. In 1219 Nuremberg became a Free Imperial City under Emperor Frederick II.
Printers and publishers have a long history in Nuremberg. Many of these publishers worked with well-known artists of the day to produce books that could also be considered works of art. Others furthered travel and knowledge by mapmaking, such as Martin Behaim, who made the first world globe and Hartmann Schedel with his World Chronicles (Schedelsche Weltchronik) in the local Franconian dialect. Sculptors like Veit Stoss and Peter Vischer are also associated with Nuremberg.
- Nuremberg rallies
- Leni Riefenstahl
- Toy Museum
- Christkindl Markt
Despite having been almost totally destroyed by bombs during the war, Nuremberg has been rebuilt as closely to its pre-war appearance as possible, down to the replication of many of its mediaeval buildings.