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The Blue Night – The Long Night of Art and Culture

Friday, 3 May 2019, 8 p.m. to midnight:
Preview Blaue Nacht Art Competition*

Saturday, 4 May 2019, 7 p.m. (until 5 May, around 4 a.m.):
Die Blaue Nacht 

Nuremberg Old Town – Topic: Heaven and Hell

Dear visitors
Heaven and Hell – the motto for Die Blaue Nacht 2019 – has many meanings in German – including a children’s game similar to hopscotch – actual or perceived opposites, sometimes without uniquely defined meanings. For one person’s heaven might well be another person’s hell. In the end, though, Heaven and Hell always describe the Yin and Yang of our existence, the opposites of our general sensitivities which so aptly describe society’s mental state in today’s world with all its trouble spots and undesirable developments.
These are topics which can be found in Nuremberg’s application for the title “European Capital of Culture 2025”. Nuremberg’s Bid Book will be submitted this autumn. Then there will be a decision as to whether Nuremberg will be included in the list of favourites and – hopefully – win the title in 2020.
For decades, Nuremberg’s cultural scene has proved worthy of a cultural capital, and that will not change in the future. Our festivals keep proving that anew every year.
So you may again be enchanted by Die Blaue Nacht on 3* and 4 May. By the unique atmosphere of the Old Town steeped in blue light, and by the projection on the castle walls, Heavenly Journey, designed by the Korean artist couple resident in Nuremberg, Eun Hui and Chang Min Lee. By the very special video projection KONTRA on the façade of the New City Hall which gives astonishing insights, prepared by Urbanscreen, the Bremen projection team which is much in demand all over the world. And by the quality and diversity of the programmes offered by all the cultural institutions involved in Die Blaue Nacht. And last but not least by the always surprising projects from the Blaue Nacht Art Competition.
Let me here express my heartfelt thanks to all those people who have contributed to the success of Die Blaue Nacht: to the main sponsors N-ERGIE Aktiengesellschaft, Deutsche Bank and NÜRNBERGER Versicherung, the sponsors and patrons of art, the staff of all the cultural institutions involved, and last but not least to all the artists as well as the team of colleagues who have been untiringly committed at an extremely high level.
Again in 2019, do not miss the opportunity to experience Nuremberg’s unique art and culture scene during Die Blaue Nacht, seen from its very special perspective.
Prof. Dr Julia Lehner
Nuremberg Deputy Mayor in Charge of Cultural Issues

Please note:

*Friday, 3 May, 8 p.m. to midnight: Preview Blaue Nacht Art Competition, with PREMIUM /2-day ticket only, available only from advance ticket sales between 10 and 21 April, 2019 and on 3 May, after 8 p.m. at the kiosk Lorenzkirche (20 €).
Every Blaue Nacht ticket is a combination ticket. Ticket holders may use all buses, trams and trains of the VGN (VerkehrsGroßraum Nürnberg) public transport network (including Nightliner buses) from four hours before the beginning of Blaue Nacht until the end of service.
Facebook: facebook.com/blauenacht.nuernberg
Twitter: #BlaueNacht

How to get there:

Underground U1, U2, U3 to Hauptbahnhof (Main Train Station)
Underground U2 and U3 to Opernhaus, Plärrer, Wöhrder Wiese and Rathenauplatz
Tram lines 5, 7, 8 to Hauptbahnhof (Main Train Station)
Tram line 4 to Plärrer


Advance Sales

You may purchase a ticket for Die Blaue Nacht in advance until 29 April, 2019, midnight for online advance sales with mailing.


3 May, 2019 (without mailing)

  • at the Kultur Information in KunstKulturQuartier, Königstraße 93 (Mon-Fri 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. to 15 p.m.)
  • at all other ticket sales points (until their closing time)
  • online with Print@home until midnight
    Please note: on Saturday 4 May – due to system charges payable – there will be a different ticket price for Print@home than for tickets purchased at the box office: 22.50 € (including VGN public transport ticket and system charges).
    A Print@home ticket will only become a combination ticket (i.e. including VGN public transport ticket), if it is personalised. So please enter the respective user name for each ticket.

On 4 May, only bracelets for Die Blaue Nacht will be available at the day / evening box offices (including. VGN public transport ticket).

Mit der Eintrittskarte kostenlose Fahrt im VGNA ticket for Die Blaue Nacht is a combination ticket!

With a ticket for Die Blaue Nacht / a bracelet for Die Blaue Nacht, you can get to Die Blaue Nacht free of charge on all buses, trams and trains within the VGN area, and also get back home. Owners of a PREMIUM ticket / 2-day-ticket can use VGN public transport on Friday from 4 p.m. and on Saturday, from 3 p.m. until end of service, including Nightliner buses.

Ticket Prices

Advance sales until 3 May:

  • Individual ticket: 15.70 €
  • 5-friends ticket: 69 € (13.80 € / person, issued as five individual tickets, i.e. separate travel to and from Blaue Nacht is possible)
  • NEW: individual ticket school / university / college student / apprentices / voluntary service:13.80 € (identification must be presented, not with Print@home)
  • individual ticket for holders of Nürnberg Pass or a Social Pass: 9.20 € (pass must be presented, not with Print@home)
  • Until 3 May, 2019 (closing time) holders of a ZAC Card (i.e. newspaper subscribers) can buy tickets at a discounted price at all business premises of the Nürnberger Nachrichten, the Nürnberger Zeitung and associated regional papers (individual ticket: 13.08 €, 5-friends ticket: 59.90 € (corresponds to 11.58 € / person, school / university/college students / apprentices / voluntary service 11.58 €); holders of social pass: 7.87 € (identification must be presented).

For one person accompanying a disabled person (ID marked with “B”), entrance is free.
NEW: Children under 15 may discover Die Blaue Nacht without a ticket. However, only if they are accompanied by an adult. Please bring ID and remember that you will have to buy a public transport ticket for the children.

At the day / evening box offices on 4 May: 18 €

Print@home on 4 May: 22,50 €

All tickets – also the ZAC tickets – are combination tickets and include VGN public transport ticket.

The Ticket for Die Blaue Nacht and the Bracelet for Die Blaue Nacht are valid

  • for all programme items marked with the symbol Ticket ist nötig, see programme
  • for journeys around the Old Town with the bus shuttle
  • for a single journey with a historic tram (only in connection with a free previous booking, see Old Town South 17) . You may book at Kultur Information in the KunstKulturQuartier, Königstraße 93, between 4 April and 3 May, 2019 at their opening times stated above.

... or entitle you to a reduction or free entrance to:

Opening times of the Day / Evening Box Offices

On Friday, 3 May, 2019:

  • Kiosk in front of Lorenzkirche, 8 p.m. to midnight

On Saturday, 4 May 2019 (Die Blaue Nacht, day-ticket 18 €):

  • Kultur Information im KunstKulturQuartier, Königstraße 93: 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Kiosk in front of Lorenzkirche: 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Kiosk corner Frauentorgraben / Lessingstraße: 4.30 p.m. to midnight
  • Kiosk Richard-Wagner-Platz: 4.30 p.m. to midnight
  • Planetarium, Am Plärrer 41: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • VAG-Mobil at the main train station / stance E (bus shuttle): 6 p.m. to midnight
  • Kiosk on Kornmarkt: 6 p.m. to midnight
  • Kiosk Peter-Vischer-Straße, entrance Katharinenruine: 6 p.m. to midnight
  • Kiosk at Sebalduskirche: 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Neues Museum, Klarissenplatz: 7 p.m. to midnight
  • Museum Tucherschloss, Hirschelgasse 9-11: 7 p.m. to midnight
  • Germanisches Nationalmuseum, entrance Way of Human Rights: 7 p.m. to midnight
  • Erlebnismuseum turmdersinne, Kappengasse 7, corner Westtor: 7 p.m. to midnight
  • Pellerhaus, Egidienplatz 23: 7 p.m. to midnight
  • Jazz Studio, Paniersplatz 27/29: 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

The Blue Night wishes to thank its main sponsors:



LEONISparkasse Nürnberg Stadtreklame VAG Nürnberg

and media partners:

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Times for Die Blaue Nacht

Times for Die Blaue Nacht

Preview art projects: Friday, 3 May 2019, 8 p.m. to midnight
You will have the opportunity to experience projects from the Blaue Nacht Art Competition a day before Blaue Nacht. To do this, you will need a PREMIUM ticket, available for purchase between 10 and 21 April, 2019. This ticket is printed with the dates Friday, 3 May and Saturday, 4 May, 2019. It is not only a 2-day-ticket, but also a combination ticket.

Die Blaue Nacht, Saturday, 4 May 2019, from 7 p.m.
Core time: 7 p.m. to midnight
Late night meeting places: around midnight to the early hours of the morning.
Exceptions are marked in the programme. Some outdoor light installations and projections will only start after dark and will then continue until 1 a.m. The same applies to the projects of the Blaue Nacht Art Competition (with the exception of Old Town South 2, 3 and Old Town South 7).

We hope for your understanding, if due to large visitor numbers you have to wait, particularly at small venues or at the ascent to the towers.

Information Pillars – Finding your way through art and culture

Information Pillars – Finding your way through art and culture

In 2019 again, with its prominently displayed information pillars, we will provide landmarks for visitors during Die Blaue Nacht. The pillars will be placed next to the works of art participating in the Blaue Nacht Art Competition and at important event locations, and they will give interesting information about these events.

There will be plenty to eat and drink...

There will be plenty to eat and drink...

All caterers in the inner city will be ready for the visitors. In addition high-quality catering for Die Blaue Nacht will be on offer at Rathausplatz / corner New City Hall, Sebalder Platz, Lorenzer Platz and on Kornmarkt.

Public Toilets (fee)

Public Toilets (fee)

  • Underground station Lorenzkirche (intermediate access level)
  • New City Hall, Hauptmarkt 18 (across IHK Chamber of Industry and Commerce construction site)
  • Bahnhofsplatz 3 / underground pedestrian level
  • Neutormauer 21 / Tiergärtnertor

Special Supplement for Die Blaue Nacht

Special Supplement for Die Blaue Nacht

About a week before the event, the publishing house Nürnberger Presse / Druckhaus Nürnberg GmbH & Co. will issue a 4-page special supplement about Die Blaue Nacht, containing current and extensive programme information.

Ascent of Towers

Ascent of Towers

You may enjoy a view of Nuremberg’s Old Town from three towers (restricted number of participants, waiting times may occur):

  • Tower of St Lawrence’s Church: 7 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. (last admission, half-hourly guided tours, tickets at the entrance to the North Tower, Old Town East 1).
  • Tower of St Sebaldus’ Church: 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. (last admission, visits start every half hour, tickets in the church entrance area, Old Town North 8)
Pleas note: For visits to the towers, in addition to the ticket, an entrance fee will be charged: adults 6 €, children 2 € St. Lawrence: family ticket 10 €.

Film and Photopraphs

Film and Photopraphs

Please note: all visitors to Die Blaue Nacht agree irrevocably that the organiser is entitled – without obligation to pay a fee – to have image and sound recordings of the events made for documentation and advertising purposes, and to duplicate, broadcast and use those recordings. These rights have no spatial or time limitations.

Your sparkling statement: through Die Blaue Nacht with the original

Your sparkling statement: through Die Blaue Nacht with the original "Blinky"

Buy our twinkling magnetic pins and make Nuremberg sparkle! Takings will go directly towards the next Die Blaue Nacht. The apprentices of NÜRNBERGER Versicherung will be walking around the city selling the “Blinkys” until late at night. You can also find sales booths at St Lawrence’s Church, on Sebalder Platz and in Spitalgasse.

Icons and Symbols

Icons and Symbols

Ticket ist nötig events marked with this: access with Die Blaue Nacht Ticket only / on the maps of the city quarters: sales kiosk for Die Blaue Nacht bracelets

Blinky Verkaufsstelle sale of “Blinky” flashing magnetic pin by NÜRNBERGER Versicherungsgruppe

Publikumspreis der N-ERGIE N-ERGIE Audience Award / Die Blaue Nacht Art Competition

WC vorhanden, leider nicht immer behindertengerecht WC available, unfortunately not all of them accessible

Leider kein WC vorhanden unfortunately no WC available

rollstuhlgerecht suitable for wheelchairs

leider nicht rollstuhlgerecht unfortunately not suitable for wheelchairs

eingeschränkt rollstuhlgerecht partially suitable for wheelchairs

Die Junge Nacht ab 17 Uhr! New: The Young Night starting 5 p.m.!

Twitter and Facebook

Twitter and Facebook

During Blaue Nacht, people will be busy twittering at hashtag #BlaueNacht. We are looking forward to your contributions. You may follow all tweets and posts at twitter.com/NuernbergKultur.
You can also follow the posts of our colleagues strolling through Die Blaue Nacht at www.facebook.com/blauenacht.nuernberg … and get inspiration for a visit.


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