Uwe Niklas
Hybrid Events, Green, Studies, News, Nuremberg, Best Case
12 Oct 2015

Nuremberg—Where History and Innovation Meet

When you step inside the ancient city of Nuremberg - through the gates of the oldest surviving full city wall in Germany, Austria & Switzerland- you enter a unique place of charm and history, culture and high quality of life.


You will also, however, step into a world of innovation, trade and business that has been in action for over 1,000 years.  


In medieval days, Nuremberg metal workers were highly sought after craftsmen for their closely-held techniques.  The first globe-shaped world map came from Nuremberg in 1492, as did the pocket watch about 20 years later. In the 1800’s, the area drew -- now industry giants-- Siemens and MAN, as part of the industrial revolution, and the first steam locomotive trip in Germany chugged out of a station there. Finally, in days of yore, the eyeliner was born in Nuremberg (still a hub for leading writing instrument companies today) when a woman tried a surgical pencil in a new way … thank you madam.

For our more modern and wired brains -- global legal principles continue to be influenced by concepts developed at the Nuremberg Trials in the 1940’s, and with the invention of the MP3 player at Nuremberg’s renowned Fraunhofer Research Institute, the way the world listens to music has been changed forever.

With innovation continuing to be at the heart of the area, today the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region is home to 20 Universities - including the renowned  FAU Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg and the Nuremberg University of Applied Sciences. It also houses 22 research institutes, and 150,000 companies including Siemens, Puma, Adidas, MAN, Novartis, Alcatel-Lucent, Faber-Castell and Playmobil just to name a few.  Over 100K people work in information technology alone, and innovation expertise spans across many industries including Transport & Logistics, Medical & Health, Energy & Environment, Information & Communication Technology, Automation & Power Electronics, Automotive and New Materials.  Nuremberg, is also the center of market research in Germany with GFK the #4 world leader in that field located there.

It’s no surprise then, that Nuremberg draws over 32Kmeetings (and growing) each year.

The state-of-the-art Nuremberg Convention Center plays host to many leading conferences, exhibitions and seminars with its 50 rooms, 15 exhibition halls and ultra hip lounge areas. Leading events there that draw US delegates and exhibitors include industry-leading happenings like Spielwarenmesse (the international toy fair), Interzoo, European Coatings Show, BIOFACH+VIVANESS, and embedded world.

On the ever-relevant topic of international law and human rights Nuremberg-based speakers, resources and venues range from Courtroom 600,the Memorium Nuremberg Trials Museum and local law universities … to the  Rally Grounds and Documentation Center, and much more attracting  thought leaders and delegates from around the world. 

Most recently this included the Creighton University/California Judges Association Nuremberg 70th Anniversary Commemoration Program organized by IBS International Business Seminars of Scottsdale, Arizona, just this past July.

To house meeting and conference visitors from all walks of expertise in comfort and across multiple event budgets, Nuremberg offers a great variety of hotels. The Heritage-protected Le Méridien Grand Hotel is the “grand dame” of the city. Built in 1895, the property offers meeting rooms with historic elegance yet leading technology, one traditional and one modern designed boardroom, and the most executive suites in town.

Also in the city is the Sheraton Carlton Hotel which offers fresh and funky rooms at affordable rates, meeting spaces, and a spa. The same family owned group behind this hotel also manages the Holiday Inn, SAXX Hotel, Agneshof, Novotel Centre Ville and Ramada Park Hotel right in the city or surrounding Nuremberg area.

Finally, Nuremberg as a world-class meeting spot offers a vibrant dining scene including relaxed traditional fare like “3 in a Bun” (ultra-local, signature small sausages in bread) at the Hexenhäusle Beer Garden overlooking the top of Nuremberg  Imperial Castle … as well as sushi, gourmet Italian, and Haute Cuisine down in the cobble-stoned town.

When it comes to melding the old and the new, the innovative and the charming, the traditional and the leading edge … Nuremberg - a truly lovely, walled city -  knows no bounds.


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