Nuremberg City Breaks
The city's medieval old town is enclosed by an ancient city wall and overlooked by the towering Kaiserburg Castle. One of the most fortified imperial palaces of the Holy Roman Empire, a large part of its thousand-year history can be seen and experienced. Gothic churches, splendid patrician's houses, historic sights and some of Germany's most important museums are situated throughout the town. Nuremberg boasts a unique atmosphere created by a blend of medieval and modern elements with the Documentation Centre (Dokuzentrum), the Court Rooms and the rally grounds providing a reminder of a darker age. Don't forget to try the local gingerbread and the traditional sausages.
For a more in-depth look at the city, check out our definitive guide to a Nuremberg city break.
Did you know?
Zum Guldenen Stern is the oldest sausage restaurant in the world. Here, you can enjoy the traditional Nuremberg bratwurst made from locally sourced meat and served six at a time.
- Flight time from London: 1 hour 40 min
- Albrecht Dürer Flughafen Nürnberg: 10km from the city centre; transfer time about 13 min
- Nearest railway station: Nuremberg Central Station
- Currency: Euro
- Anyone visiting the Nuremberg Christmas market may be interested in the Christmas Markets Card. For €11, you'll receive vouchers for traditional sausages, lebkuchen biscuits and more.
Enjoy two days unlimited use of public transport services within the entire region of Nürnberg, Fürth and Stein. Plus free admission to museums, attractions and discounts for several theatres, city tours and shops. Prices start at £21pp.
Nuremberg has one of the oldest pedestrian precincts in Germany which is also one of Europe's largest shopping areas. Enjoy a day out in the shopping centre, which is not far away from the Church of St. Lawrence, or discover the many small shops in the beautiful narrow lanes around the main market square and below the castle.
Located opposite the main railway station the Craftsman's Courtyard offers traditional crafts and Franconian hospitality.
Kaiserstrasse is slightly more high-end, as it is home to a number of exclusive shops, boutiques and cafes.
The Hauptmarkt and streets leading to the castle offer a large number of souvenir shops and small speciality shops.
One of the Nuremberg's favourite restaurants. It is full of tasty Mexican dishes and, during happy hour, cocktails are served at half price.
This Indian restaurant serves a range of tasty curries.
This restaurant offers a mix of comfort and good Chinese cuisine.
This traditional brewhouse is a quirky place in which to try some of the local specialities. It features rooms which proudly display brewing equipment, a steam engine (for brewing beer, not a train) and there's even a room with a life-size crocodile hanging from the ceiling.
Confiserie Café Neef
This cafe is a popular spot for desserts and cakes. They have a great selection of fruit tarts in the summer.
The story goes that Nuremberg sausages are long and thin so that they could be passed between the bars to prisoners. Their small stature doesn't diminish the taste, though. Try three in a roll with some traditional mustard.
These gingerbread treats are available all over the Christmas market stalls but you should be able to find them in shops and bakeries at other times of the year too.
This is a typical Franconian dish made from pork shoulder served with potato dumplings. The name translates to mean 'shovel' because of the shape of the bone.
As well as being famous for its beer, Nuremberg has a history of distilling great whisky. You'll see many shops and bars where you can try a drop or buy some to take home with you.
The Kaiserburg Castle is considered as one of the most vital castles in the history of the German Empire.
Albrecht Dürer House
One of the most famous museums and exhibitions in Nuremberg.
Germanic National Museum
The largest museum of German art and culture in the world.
Don't miss the beautiful Church Frauenkirche and the Gothic fountain Schoener Brunnen. The fountain is one of the most visited sights in the city.
Visit one of Europe's biggest Zoos.
Take a journey through time via the medium of childhood toys. The exhibits range from dolls used in Medieval times to the sources of entertainment children love today.
The Transport Museum
Having opened in 1882, the Transport Museum in Nuremberg is the oldest in the world. It is operated by Deutsche Bahn, Germany's national rail provider, and therefore focusses mostly on the railways. The exhibits feature rail transport from the days of the steam engine all the ay up to the present day - they even consider rail technology of the future.
The Craftsmen Courtyard (Handwerkerhof) is like a town within a city. Set within traditional half-timbered houses, local merchants open their workshops up to passersby as they carry out their trade. Glass blowers, gingerbread bakers, goldsmiths and more offer a unique glimpse into their day to day lives.
Documentation Centre on the Former Nazi Party Rally Grounds
The incomplete Nazi Part Rally Grounds serve as a constant reminder of a bleak point in Nuremberg's history and a monument to what could have been. Today the giant building that was due to be used as a congress hall houses a documentation centre dedicated to telling the story of the Nazi Party. It is situated outside of the city centre but is easy to get to and definitely worth a visit.
You will have to travel to the nearby town of Zirndorf to enjoy this amusement park, but it is a great day out for anyone travelling with kids. Similar to Legoland, it offers experiences and attractions based around the children's toy PLAYMOBIL.
Zwinger Bar: The Zwinger Bar is a bar with an interesting interior design. It is always crowded and Tapas is offered.
Bar Celona: Bar Celona is a low-priced Euro bar offering a large range of drinks. It is also possible to sit outside.
Club Stereo: Club Stereo is perfect for those who enjoy reggae, funk and soul. This club is located in a dark cellar and is particularly popular with students.
Sound Express: This night club is the place for dancing in the city of Nuremberg, especially on Saturday nights. Although it is a bit out of the city centre, it is easy to travel to by cab.
Medieval Rock-Cut Cellars
After you've visited the Kaiserberg Castle, head below the surface to discover one of the secrets to Nuremberg's beer. There is a maze of cellars running below the ground which brewers have used to store their beer for hundreds of years. Take the tour and then enjoy a beer tasting afterwards.
Bürgermeistergarten (Mayor's Garden)
This peaceful and well-hidden public park is the perfect place to escape the busy city. You can reach it by walking through the castle gardens and down a set of narrow steps. It almost has an enchanted feel to it and provides great views towards Albrecht Dürer House.
St. John’s Cemetary
This peaceful spot is where Albrecht Dürer, Veit Stoss and other famous figures from Nuremberg are buried.
ION International Organ Week - June 30th to July 9th 2017
Klassik Open Air - July 23rd and August 5th 2017
Europe's largest open-air classical music events take place in the Luitpoldhain park. Free admission.
Bards Meeting World Music Festival - July 28th to 30th
Germany's biggest outdoor music festival features music from around the world and is completely free. Scheduled performers in 2017 include the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
Stars im Luitpoldhain - August 6th 2017
For one night only, jazz and soul musicians take over the Luitpoldhain.
Old Town Festival - September 14th to 25th
Music and entertainment in the Old Town