One of the great centres of thriving medieval Germany, Nuremberg made a fortune and spent much of its profits on enduring beauty. Its gothic lanes and castle backdrop are one of Germany’s most iconic images. It is also Albrecht Durer’s city and home to some of the finest art of the Renaissance. Famous for the first Christmas Market, Nuremberg is a magical destination in winter. It is also infamous for its exploitation by the Nazi party, and the city has opened thoughtful memorials at both the former rally ground and Nuremberg trials courtroom. Yet the city’s greatest asset is almost unknown to international visitors. It is home to one of the five largest cultural collections in Europe – the Germanisches Nationalmuseum – mentioned by connoisseurs in the same breath as the Louvre and Vatican.