With over a millennium’s worth of history at the centre of German political life, Nuremberg is a city that has stories to tell. Here you will see centuries of history, from the Kaiserburg, the imperial castle where the Holy Roman Emperor once lived, to the cultural offerings of the Germanisches Nationalmuseum and the Albrecht-Dürer-Haus.
Nuremberg also comes alive with Germany’s largest Christmas market, annual music festivals and plenty of attractions to keep you busy on your visit. For a holiday to the continent, Nuremberg makes an excellent destination or starting-off point – visit today to see for yourself.
Strolling through the historic centre of Nuremberg, it is hard not to feel that you have been transported to the Middle Ages. The lofty spires of the Lorenzkirche and Frauenkirche churches, bordering the main market square, are two of the main attractions. Meanwhile, the Imperial Castle offers an immersive experience of the buildings that once housed the Holy Roman Emperor. Of course, if you grew up in an English-speaking country, chances are you first learned about this city in the context of its role in the Nazi movement. The sites of the Nazi rallies and the postwar trials, held amidst the city’s ruins, are now an excellent museum, whose “Fascination and Terror” exhibit provides insight into a dark chapter in the city’s history.
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What is the best time of year to visit Nuremberg?
Nuremberg’s mild climate means that you’ll never find the city inhospitable, regardless of when you visit. That said, certain times are definitely better than others. While Nuremberg winters are cool, rainy affairs, a December visit will allow you to take in the sights of the city’s Christmas market, which is definitely worth a visit. Spring and summer will find the city at its most attractive and active, with a number of festivals throughout the warmer months, including Blaue Nacht (Blue Night), an all-night art crawl in May.
How do I get around the city?
Most of the town’s sights are located in the city centre, which is eminently pedestrian-friendly. You should be able to get from your accommodations to the city’s major sights on foot. For longer trips, however, the local VAG public transit network provides a subway, bus and tram system to get you around town. Tickets range from day passes to individual tickets. When you fly into the city, the #2 subway line will take you into the city centre in under 15 minutes.
What should my budget be for a trip to Nuremberg?
As European destinations go, Nuremberg is not particularly expensive. Depending on where you stay and how often you eat out, an average daily budget of €80-100 should be quite sufficient. If you know that you will be spending time sightseeing, consider purchasing a Nürnberg Card, which provides access to all the city’s museums and attractions at a flat-rate price, as well as unlimited travel on the city’s public transit.
History, art and culture are the order of the day on a sightseeing tour of the city, which is a feast for the eyes for art and history buffs, as well as anyone who appreciates beautiful architecture.
- Albrecht Dürer House
- Germanic National Museum
- Spielzeugmuseum (Toy Museum)
- Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Ground
Albrecht Dürer House
Though all of the artist’s original work is in the Germanic National Museum, also in Nuremberg, the house where the Renaissance artist lived is an intriguing window into the artist’s life and a historic Nuremberg landmark.
Germanic National Museum
Dedicated to the culture of the German-speaking world, this sprawling museum has more than enough for a day’s visit. Pick out what interests you from among Renaissance paintings, Stone Age artefacts, and medieval suits of armour.
The castle of the Holy Roman Emperors, this compound contains dozens of buildings that have changed little since the 14th century. Take in views of the city from the ramparts or the heights of the Sinwell Tower, or see a guide demonstrate the depths of the castle’s Great Well.
Spielzeugmuseum (Toy Museum)
A playful museum that is especially attractive for younger visitors. The toys on display range from dolls to mechanical contraptions; a play zone on the top floor features modern collections and intricate Lego displays.
Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds: Further outside the city, the former site of Nazi Party rallies is now a museum dedicated to the history of this movement.
Festivals in Nuremberg
Nuremberg is also a city with no shortage of activities. Of course, it is home to Germany’s largest Christmas market, the Christkindlesmarkt. Along with several smaller markets, such as the Market of Sister Cities and the Children’s Christmas Market, it’s the ideal place to warm up, enjoy bratwurst on a bun and mulled wine, and explore all the seasonal finery on offer. In the spring and autumn, the city comes alive with the Nuremberg Volksfest, with folk music, rides, food and beer. The city also hosts a variety of art and music festivals, including Blaue Nacht, an all-night cultural extravaganza, and the Klassik Open Air, a summertime classical music event.
No matter what brings you to the city, Nuremberg has plenty to keep you enthralled. Fly from Manchester to Nuremberg and discover the City.
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What to eat and drink in Nuremberg
Nürnbergers are no strangers to the finer things in life, and the city has its share of unique culinary traditions. From a local red beer that draws on centuries of brewing perfection to tiny bratwurst served three to a bun, the city has plenty to explore. Nuremberg is also a major destination for immigrants to the country, meaning that the menus are ever-changing.
Francian traditions on your plate
Nuremberg was the trading hub for spices during medieval and renaissance times, it shows in all their traditional specialties. The above-mentioned Nuremberg Bratwurst is enriched with marjoram and served with sauerkraut. The world famous Lebkuchen, a traditional Christmas gingerbread, is bursting with spices from all over the world. A pork shoulder called "Schäufele" (little shovel) is another typical Franconian dish.
Take a tour that will take you deep into Nuremberg’s brewing past and also underground, where rock-cut cellars have been the site of brewing the traditional “red” beer for seven centuries. Once you surface, taste some of the contemporary offerings of the city’s craft brewing scene.
Shopping in Nuremberg: The right place for one-of-a-kind
Nuremberg’s shopping is sure to delight a wide range of needs and is especially appealing if you’re looking for something special to bring back home. You are sure to find trendy labels and stylish boutiques along the pedestrianised promenades of the Karolinenstrasse and the Kaiserstrasse. For a more homemade flair, check out the Handwerkerhof for unique, handmade goods, from glassware to wood carvings. Nuremberg also has a long tradition in toy making, specialized masters of the craft can still be found all over the city. The market is also home to Lebkuchen-Schmidt, purveyors of Nürnberger lebkuchen.
You can find a selection of additional options for shopping, eating and drinking in our guide about drink and eat in Nuremberg.