Nuremberg is the second largest city in the German Federal State of Bavaria after its capital Munich, with a total population of 511,628, which makes it the 14th largest city in Germany. Nuremberg is distinguished by its medieval architecture and the fortifications around the old town. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful German cities, something which finds us perfectly in agreement, since it is surely on the top 3 German cities we have visited. Its Christmas market is one of the most famous and beautiful in the world and certainly if you choose to visit it during the Christmas season it will be an experience that you will never forget!
What To See...
One of Nuremberg’s most important attractions, if not the most important, is the Kaiserburg castle. It is located on a hill, offering stunning views of the city, from where you can see the characteristic red roofs of the buildings. The castle of Nuremberg is one of Europe’s best preserved medieval castles and is certainly a top attraction to visit if you are here. The operating hours of the castle are from 09:00-18:00 daily and the indoor ticket costs 7 euros per person. For the outdoor of the castle, where you can admire the stunning views of the city, the entrance is completely free.
Heilig Geist Spital
One of the most characteristic buildings of the city and perhaps the most photographed! This beautiful building is located on the river Pegnitz, that crosses the city and from the Museumbrucke bridge you will take one of your most beautiful pictures of yourself with this building as a backdrop.
The largest square in the old town of Nuremberg with the Catholic Frauenkirche church dominate it. The central square or Hauptmarkt, is definitely the most famous part of the city and here you will find many restaurants and shops. Here is taking place the amazing Christmas market of Nuremberg, where you will surely have seen a picture of it on the internet. Pure Magic!
The Frauenkirche church, is located in the central square of Nuremberg and is definitely the building that will surely attract your attention. This church was built in the 14th century and is a fine example of Gothic architecture. Hours of operation are daily from 10:00-17:30 and admission is free of charge.
The medieval atmosphere is all over the city of Nuremberg, but this “small village” south of the old town, will make you feel like you live in another era. By walking through the small alleys, you will also have the opportunity to try some of the traditional delicacies of the city, such as the famous local Nuremberg sausages in one of the traditional restaurants.
The busiest street of the city! The ” King’s street ” as it is its name, is the road that you have to cross to see Nuremberg’s main attractions. Along this road, you will also find many stalls with local delicacies from producers who sell products such as cheese, honey, handmade jams and many more, that we strongly recommend you to buy some of them.
The whole Bavaria is really fantastic and surely the choices you have are so many that we will need a separate article to focus on them. The best excursion in our opinion, which is also quite short, if you have rented a car is that of Rothenburg ob der Tauber! We have been mentioned several times this particular small town, since it is one of our favourites and will probably become also one of your favourites too as soon as you visit it!
Rothenburg ob der Tauber is the best preserved medieval city in Germany and is also one of the most famous and touristic spots. Thousands of tourists from all over the world visit this small town every day, and especially during the Christmas period it really becomes overcrowded. The beauty of this small town is uncomparable and surely must be your first choice if you are in Nuremberg or close to it. The distance from Nuremberg to Rothenburg ob der Tauber is just one hour by car, approximately 77 km.
What To Eat
In Nuremberg you will surely find many restaurants serving authentic German cuisine, but the city is famous for two things. The first one is the Nuremberg sausages, which are very thin and are usually served with sauerkraut. The sausages we tried at the famous Zum Gulden Stern were excellent and the restaurant is the oldest in the city. It has been operating for 600 years! With only a few things on its menu, if you want to try the traditional Nuremberg sausages along with a cold beer then this is the best place!
The second thing that Nuremberg is famous, is Lebkuchen! A kind of sweet that resembles of gingerbread with a very unique taste. Its texture is similar of a very soft cookie and is a delicacy that especially during the Christmas season has a huge consumption, since it is synonymous with this period of the year. You will find them in every corner of the city, in shops or on stalls around the main square. You have to try it, because it is delicious!
How to move
The Old Town of Nuremberg, where most of the attractions are located, is quite easy explorable within a day’s walk. If you stay close to the main square, then you are close to everything we mentioned above and you will not need any means of transport to move around. If you want to explore some of the suburbs of the city, then you can use the excellent German means of transport that are everywhere in the city. The nearest airport is Nuremberg Flughafen and is only a 15 minutes (7 km) drive from the city center. If you want to use the train to get to the airport from Nuremberg Central Station, the journey will take you only 15 minutes and costs 2.75 euros per person.
Where to stay
Accommodation in the center of Nuremberg and especially around the main square and the castle can be quite expensive. A double room can easily cost 200-300 euros per night if you want to stay in this area. Fortunately, there are many good alternatives and also much cheaper at a very close distance. Within a radius of 1-2 kilometers from the main square, prices drop dramatically and it is quite easy to find great rooms around 70-80 euros per night for a double room. You can make your reservations via Booking.com
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