The Bavarian city of Nuremberg held great significance immediately before, during, and immediately after the Second World War as the place where the Nuremberg Rallies and subsequently the Nuremberg Trials were staged. Whilst remnants of this dark period still remain here, in the form of architecture and museum exhibits, today the city is a multi-cultural place of beauty and arts. It is the second-largest settlement in Bavaria and famous for its sausages, gingerbread and toy making.
Here is everything you need to know to enjoy a relaxing Nuremberg city break.
Nuremberg airport is situated in the north of the city and has good connections with the UK. Ryanair offers regular direct flights from London Stansted and there are other options from airlines such as British Airways, KLM, and Lufthansa which involve stops in Dusseldorf, Amsterdam or Hamburg.
Once you have arrived, it is simple to continue your journey into the city centre. The red metro line (U2) will take you to the central train station in just over ten minutes, and from there you can navigate to the metro station closest to your hotel.
Alternatively, you can choose to travel the entire journey by train. However, this will result in a travel time of around eight and a half hours with changes in Brussels and Frankfurt. To do this, you would have to take the Eurostar into Brussels, before hopping on an Intercity Express to Frankfurt and then a second high-speed train to Nuremberg itself.
Where To Stay
This budget option is perfect for anyone who needs little more than a place to rest their head. It is in a great location; only 10 minutes' walk from the nearest metro stop and just 20 minutes from the main train station. Some rooms also come with excellent views of the nearby castle.
A stay here includes free Wi-Fi, a varied selection at breakfast, wellness facilities in the form of a sauna and hot tub, and a sun-drenched courtyard. And with prices starting at around £30, it's excellent value for money.
TOP Durer Hotel
If you are looking for a 4-star hotel at 3-star prices then the TOP Durer Hotel is perfect. Named after German painter Albrecht Durer (and with murals of him on the walls), the hotel is situated opposite his old house which has now been turned into a museum in his honour. It is also inside the old walls of the castle.
The staff on site are very friendly and the rooms are spacious and clean. Gym and wellness facilities are available if you need them and there are even USB sockets in the wall if you forget your European adapter. With home-made cakes at breakfast and a warm welcome offered by all, this hotel aims to provide a feeling of home away from home.
Sheraton Carlton Hotel Nuernberg
If you are looking for a 5-star place to retreat to at the end of the day, look no further than the Sheraton Carlton. With a Sheraton branded hotel, you know what you are getting from the start and the quality of service and accommodation will ensure your stay in Nuremberg is more than just a pleasant one.
Situated just steps from the main train station, the hotel seamlessly mixes modernity and tradition. There's a restaurant serving international dishes as well as Franconian specialities, a bar in which you can enjoy a refined night-cap, and everything else you need regardless of whether you are staying for business or pleasure.
The Old Town in the middle of the city is easily explored by foot and this is where most of the main attractions are. However, if you want to explore further afield, or go from one part of the city to another quickly, the network of subway trains, trams and buses will serve you well. You can buy tickets for a single trip or for a period of a day, week or month.
If you want to spend some time outside of Nuremberg, at any of the surrounding towns and villages, there are regional train lines that can take you to places such as Fürth, Schwabach, and Erlangen.
Where To Eat
Bratwurstglöcklein im Handwerkerhof
You cannot come to this part of Germany without sampling the city's famous sausage. Made to exact specifications and apparently thinner than usual so that it could be fed to inmates through a cell door, this wurst is slightly spicy with a hint of marjoram for good measure. Taste it for yourself at this establishment found within the Skulpturengarten, just across the road from the train station, along with plenty of other local delicacies. Best to smother your Nuremberg sausage in mustard or horseradish if you want to blend in with the locals.
If you are looking for comfort food that you're a little bit more familiar with, try the American style cuisine at Hoserer. However, the menu here shouldn't be confused with fast food as it is much more delicious and served with more of a smile than any outlet you'll come across. Tuck into some fantastic wings, a juicy burger, or a plate of lip-smacking ribs.
For sophisticated fine dining, head to Essigbrätlein, which can be found close to the Hauptmarkt. This two-Michelin-starred restaurant has a big focus on local and sustainably sourced ingredients and the sommelier and head chef have been working together successfully for many years. The menu features roast beef, sturgeon, and pigeon in a seven-course extravaganza, complete with wine pairings.
Top 3 Things To Do
Nazi Party Rally Grounds
As mentioned at the start of this piece, it is hard to escape the bleak history of a city like Nuremberg. However, the museum that now stands in the place where many Nazi rallies were held tells a poignant and emotionally charged story. If you want to learn about this passage in the city's past, the Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelaende is the best place to do it. Whilst some of the exhibits may be slightly disturbing, the audio tour will offer a thought-provoking and fascinating insight into the tragic events that transpired.
Nuremberg Castle will dominate the views experienced during your Nuremberg city break and so you shouldn't leave without taking a tour of the inside. Whether you climb to the top and make the most of the spectacular views, soak up the sun in the gardens, or hire an English speaking guide to help immerse you in the history of this structure, you will not regret your visit. A ticket to all the parts that are accessible to tourists (museum, tower, well and chapel) can be bought for €7 at the time of writing.
The Tiergarten, or zoo, can be found in the west of the city and is one of the largest zoos in the country. It features a wide range of different animals including main attractions like the polar bears, rhinos, giraffes, tigers and even manatees. There are also seal and dolphin shows within the aqua park area of the zoo. Entrance costs €13.50 for an adult ticket or €31.50 for two adults and two children.
Purchase a Nuremberg card before you travel to receive two days of unlimited public transport, as well as access to some of the top attractions, theatre shows, shops and museums for a discounted price. All of this will set you back just £21pp.
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