The site, which was designed by Hitler’s favourite architect Albert Speer and was the setting for the renowned film 'Triumph of the Will', is a popular destination for tourists on Rhine river cruises and visitors travelling to Germany, with around 200,000 visitors flocking to see the monuments every year.
But the structures at the site, including 24 towers and a stepped stage, have been weakening in recent years and are in danger of collapsing.
The Mayor of Nuremberg told German newspapers that the choices were to either fence the site off, which “would certainly not be an appealing story for the city”, or to renovate the grounds and prevent potential future accidents. He said, “It's not about prettying up the city" and that "We shall not be looking to match the original sandstone."
The six-square-mile grounds hosted six Nazi party rallies between 1933 and 1938 and will now undergo an array of repairs. The first set of repairs will include an examination of the Zeppelin Tribune and the 'Golden Hall'. The works will apparently not affect post-war graffiti that was left on the walls by allied soldiers and will be left in its original position.
As European river cruises and holidays to Germany have been on the increase in recent years it is thought the rallying grounds will be turned into a site of historical learning for visitors.
This is not the first Nazi relic to have secured a cash investment for renovation; Hitler’s Bavarian mountain retreat, the Eagle’s Nest, is also set to receive millions of pounds to upgrade and improve the site as well as update its historical information centre. The Eagle’s Nest was a retreat for Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and a place where he entertained dignitaries.
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