Nürnberg was famous for its “Dockenmacher” (doll makers) in the Middle Ages, and by the 19th century was turning out popular tin toys. The city still hosts a much-attended annual toy fair. So, it’s only fitting that one the world’s most renowned and largest toy collections is displayed in a rebuilt burgher’s house in the old town, with just a fraction of its massive holdings shown in rotating displays on four floors behind a Renaissance façade. Kids might even be lured away from their video games and MP3 players (you’ll learn these were invented in Nürnberg, too) to admire model trains chugging through Alpine landscapes and utterly charming doll houses furnished with stunning Biedermeier miniatures. There are also circuses and Noah’s Arks, carved out of wood from the Orr Mountains near Dresden.