Innovation & Inventiveness

ICE and Adler in the DB Museum

Imagination has a long tradition in Nuremberg and its region

Imagination is everywhere you look in Nuremberg, both past and present. This was the workplace of Dürer, Behaim and Ohm. It was the home of Germany’s first railroad, and where the first German patent was applied for. And did you know the MP3 format was developed jointly by the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits?

Today’s success is rooted in Nuremberg’s history as a Free Imperial City in the Middle Ages. Nuremberg’s citizens were self-governing, and had to make sure on their own responsibility that trade and crafts flourished. That tradition continued into the industrial age, and Nuremberg thus rapidly developed into one of the engines of German industrial history, in which Nuremberg names like AEG, Faber-Castell, Quelle and Zündapp regularly appear. Though some of these companies no longer exist in their historic forms, Nuremberg’s business players have repeatedly been able to reinvent themselves or evolve further, and have achieved the transition to a modern location for high tech, industry, and innovative services.

Today, Nuremberg and its Metropolitan Region count among the economic areas with the most patents and the liveliest innovation in Germany, and its local universities also regularly win awards.

Nuremberg an innovator in many fields

Selected examples of inventiveness from Nuremberg and Franconia:


Source: Bauer-Stadler, Bianca; Diefenbacher, Michael; Kluger, Petra (2018): Vom Globus bis zum MP3 - Erfindungen in und um Nürnberg (From the Globe to the MP3 – Inventions in and around Nuremberg); Verlag Hans Müller, Nuremberg.
Fotos: ICE und Adler im DB Museum | The ICE and the Adler (Eagle) at the Deutsche Bahn Railroad Museum © DB Museum