Nuremberg City Guide
Nuremberg is often considered the ‘Christmas City’ famous for Lebkuchen
and the Christkindlesmarkt
, but if you happen to find yourself in the heart of Bavaria with some extra time on your hands, Nuremberg has a lot to offer at any time of the year.
The second largest city in Bavaria, is quintessentially German. Even though the majority of the city was destroyed during the Second World War, it was sensitively rebuilt to reflect the original style and shape of the buildings.
The Old Town
Luckily, there is a lot to see in Nuremberg within a reasonably small area. If you are short on time then head for The Aldstadt
, as there you will find an abundance of museums, sights and restaurants that can easily fill a week of exploration, let alone one day.
A great starting point is the Hauptmarkt
. There you will find the Schöner Brünnen
; a 14th Century Fountain located just in front of the town hall. This fountain is considered an essential stop on any tour of Nuremberg, so aim to get there as early as possible to beat the crowds. After appreciating the artistry, don’t forget to turn the two brass rings embedded in the fence around the fountain – it is said to bring good luck.
Of course, during the Christmas market the Hauptmarkt is particularly busy, but if you visit in December, spend an hour or so wandering among the stalls. This is an excellent place to pick up some very unique gifts for friends and family.
Your next stop is the Imperial Castle
. Head straight up the hill towards the castle, which you’ll be able to see from the Schöner Brünnen. The Kaiserburg
is considered one of the most formidable medieval fortifications in Europe. In the summer months, wander through the castle gardens and experience the surrounding buildings, as well as beautiful panorama of the city. The castle museum gives you an interesting insight into life at the time.
The moat surrounding the city, and particularly The Burg
, plays host to different events, including a beer festival due to take place from 3rd- 7th June 2015
. The atmosphere is spectacular, and it is the perfect setting to experience German beer – over 100 varieties were available during the 2014 festival.
A bite of lunch and introduction to Albrecht Dürer
After exploring the imperial history of Nuremberg, amble down the hill and join the modern world in Tiergärtnertorplatz
. You’ll know immediately when you reach the platz, as there you will find a large bronze statue of a rabbit.
Regardless of the month, Tiergärtnertorplatz
, is an excellent location to enjoy a bit of lunch. You have many restaurants that serve traditional German cuisine, with all the Franconian specialities. Wander a minute or so down the hill on Bergstrasse
and on your left you will find Wirthaus Hütt’n
. This cosy restaurant offers a delicious selection of local dishes, the Bratwurst
and potato salad is particular popular. They offer a specials menu that regularly changes and reflects seasonal produce. If you fancy a little lunchtime beverage, then Wirthaus Hütt’n
also offers a range of local beers.
After lunch to Tiergärtnertorplatz
and on the corner of the platz and Albrecht Dürer Strasse
, you will find the home of the renowned artist himself. The stand out feature of this museum, is the audio guide. As you listen, the audio gives an interpretation of Albrecht Dürer’s wife, Agnes, as she talks to you about her daily life experiences. This innovative approach really brings the museum to life. The entry fee is a reasonable 5 euros.
The Pegnitz and your evening in Nuremberg
After a morning of history, head back into the heart of Nuremberg. The Pegnitz
is a small river that divides Nuremberg, and flows through the centre of the city. We recommend that you take some time and wander through the streets that lie next to the river. A great starting point is the iron suspension bridge at Kettensteg
just on the edges of the city walls, from there head back towards the centre of the city, and cross over the Pegnitz
(Hangman’s bridge) – this wooden bridge is an excellent photo opportunity!
Along this path you will find a plethora of coffee houses to enjoy an afternoon refreshment, or even a slice of cake.
Although, as mentioned before, there is an enormous of amount to see in the city centre, if you find you have a little more time on your hands, we strongly recommend a trip to the Zeppelin Field and the Documentation Centre Nazi Party Rally Grounds. Previously the heart of the Third Reich, this vast area, and Congress Hall has been transformed into a fascinating and informative museum about the causes and consequences of the National Socialist party era.
After your day exploring the many faces of Nuremberg, unwind with dinner and, if you fancy, a local beer. Nuremberg is not short of places to eat and drink until your heart is content, but you will find the majority of bars and restaurants around the Hauptmarkt
. There are many cosy unique bars within this area, and a varied offering of different cuisines. In the colder months of the year, you’ll see little Glühwein
stands, so why not pick up a warming hot wine, while you decide where to end your day in Nuremberg.