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If you expect a museum with exhibits on display – be warned, there is nothing here like that. Eventually, the Nibelungen saga is a legend.
This museum was realized in 2001, integrated into parts of the old city wall and two remaining fortification towers. It is a completely new concept according to their website. So, there is no real gold here, but the legend and the treasure forms in your imagination, once you walk around and listen to the stories told by the unknown author of Nibelungenlied.
In the first tower, called Sehturm (optical tower), the author tells you about the legend, which is visualized by a very interesting array of screens with scenes, partly in slow-motion, of old Fritz Lang movies (“Siegfried” and “Kriemhild’s revenge”, 1924; photo 2). In this tower, you walk up the stairs, around an illuminated mandrel (see photo 1) which symbolizes Rütelin, a lucky charm of Nibelungen treasure.
Once you finish listening to the legend, you walk inside the city wall (see photo 3) to the Hörturm (audio tower), which is meant to be the author’s creative centre. Parts of the Nibelungenlied are narrated in their original ancient language, and side information is given to the culture of the legend’s days of formation. You are guided through the stories with an interesting sensor-controlled device (photo 4).
I liked the optical tower very much, as it not only tells the Nibelungen legend, but very much critically points out how the myths of the tall blonde germans (Siegfried and Kriemhild) and the Siegfrieds magic power have been idealized and badly misused by Germany’s black and sick past.
For me, the final words of the narration were very much thought-provoking, as in a way I feel their meaning being reality again today – quote:
”I only told you now the legend of the Nibelungen, and it makes me sick to see the perversion, how figures of historic legends are still bended, twisted and abused for modern ideologies. Mankind has nothing learned from history. (end quote).
Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Entrance fee: adults: 5,50 €, kids 3,50, families (2 adults with kids under 18): 13 €
Address: Fischerpförtchen 10, Worms
Directions: Walk east coming from the Cathedral (Hagenstrasse) and follow the signs to the museum. It is on your left just before you reach Ludwigstrasse.
Coordinates on GoogleEarth:
49°37’45,87’’ N; 08°22’00,56’’ E
othercontact: E-Mail: email@example.com
Phone: + 49 - 6241 - 20 21 20
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