Just a few steps away from the main market square, vaulted cellars below the splendid city hall built in Nuremberg's golden age accommodate the mediaeval dungeons.
They were established as early as the 14th century and were not prisons as we know them today, but were used mainly for prisoners awaiting trial and for convicted criminals awaiting execution of their judgement.
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The mediaeval dungeons may only be visited on a guided tour (in German). Guided tours for groups in English are also available by appointment.