Situated in the German state of Bavaria, Nuremberg is a beautiful city with medieval walls, bridges and castles. The city also has important footprints of the Nazi era. In this Nuremberg travel guide, I will try to explain in detail the best tahings to do, the best places to eat, transportation and accommodation options in Nuremberg

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When to visit Nuremberg?

The best time to visit Nuremberg is in the spring and summer months when the weather is mild. I can say that the period from May to September is the most beautiful time of the city. But December is also the second best time to visit Nuremberg, as one of the most famous Christmas markets in Europe is held in Nuremberg.

How Many Days to Visit Nuremberg?

I think the ideal time to explore Nuremberg is 2 days, maybe 3 days depending on your speed of sightseeing. In this time, you can easily visit the city’s major sights, historical buildings and museums. If you are not going to visit the museums, you can also take a day trip to get a feel of the city. Of course, if you go during the Christmas period, it is better to extend this period to at least 3 days. For those who have more time, there are many places to visit around the city on a day trip.

Nuremberg Accommodation Guide

Altstadt (Old Town): The heart of Nuremberg, the Altstadt is a district rich in restaurants, bars and attractions, especially ideal for first-time tourists. It is divided into two sub-areas: St. Lorenz and St. Sebald. St. Lorenz is more touristy and lively, while St. Sebald is quieter and more local.

Nordstadt: Nordstadt is a district with modern hotels and business centers. Since it is close to the airport, it may be more suitable for business travelers. There are also green areas and parks, so families may also prefer it.

Südstadt: With affordable accommodation and hipster hangouts, Südstadt is more suitable for budget travelers and young people.

Nuremberg Hotel Recommendations

Budget Friendly Nuremberg Hotels: Scandic Nürnberg CentralB&B Hotel Nürnberg-HbfHoliday Inn Nürnberg City CentreN9 Hotels

Mid-range Hotels in Nuremberg: Karl AugustMelter Hotel & ApartmentsAstoria ApartmentsPark Inn by Radisson

Luxury Hotels in Nuremberg: Park Plaza NurembergSheraton Carlton NuernbergHotel VICTORIA NürnbergLe Méridien Grand

You can check here for all the hotels in Nuremberg that are suitable for you.

Nuremberg Transportation Guide

There is an airport in Nuremberg, so it is possible to get there by plane, but if you go to another city in Germany, you can also reach it very easily by train. For example, it is only 1 hour away from Munich. Just opposite the train station, you enter the Old Town via the Handwerkerhof from the city walls. Let me also mention the transportation options from Nuremberg Airport to the city center. The subway ride takes about 13 minutes and costs €3.20. If you prefer the bus, the journey takes about 25 minutes and costs around €3.20. Alternatively, a taxi ride takes about 20 minutes and is the most expensive option.

Most of Nuremberg can be easily visited on foot, but let me give you a brief information about public transportation. The city transportation network in Nuremberg consists of bus, tram and metro lines. There are various ticket options for public transportation. One-way tickets valid for 90 minutes cost €3.70 for adults and €1.80 for children. Short distance tickets are €2.00 for adults and €1.00 for children and are valid for 2 stops on the metro and 4 stops on buses and trams. Group tickets are €1.85 per person, valid for 10 adults and more. A day ticket is €9.70 for a single person, €14.30 for 1-6 people and a weekend ticket is €12.60 per person for two days. Tickets are more affordable if you buy them online.

Nuremberg Food Guide

When you think of food in Nuremberg, one of the first dishes that comes to mind is the small and thin sausages called Nürnberger Bratwurst. These sausages are usually served with sauerkraut and mustard. Gingerbread cookies called Lebkuchen are another famous flavor of Nuremberg, especially during Christmas time. I also recommend you to try Käsespätzle (mac and cheese) and local beers in Nuremberg.

For an authentic dining experience, Bratwursthausle is one of the most popular places, as the name suggests, they are popular for hot dogs. Hausbrauerei Altstadhof is another place you can choose for traditional cuisine. If you go during the Christmas season, you can eat directly from the stands in the markets, it is very good. For traditional food, there is also Zum Gulden Stern, which is very nice both in terms of ambiance and flavors, but it is a bit far from Old Town. If you want to eat in an elegant setting in Nuremberg, Imperial by Alexander Herrmann in the center is a great option for a fine dining experience.

Nuremberg Shopping Guide

What to buy as a souvenir in Nuremberg? One of the most popular souvenirs you can buy in Nuremberg are traditional gingerbread cookies called Lebkuchen. Other souvenirs include Nürnberger Bratwurst (sausages sold in vacuum-sealed packaging), handmade wooden toys, and Zwetschgenmännle (figures made of prunes). Handmade Christmas ornaments and Albrecht Dürer works are also alternative gift ideas. You can find them at local markets and souvenir shops.

Let me tell you a little bit about the places where you can shop in Nuremberg. Breite Gasse and Karolinenstraße are streets with international and local brand stores, where you can browse for fashion, accessories and electronics. Hauptmarkt is a market in the heart of the city where you can find fresh produce, handmade souvenirs and local delicacies. The Handwerkerhof is a medieval market selling traditional German handicrafts and souvenirs.

Things to Do in Nuremberg

Weissgerbergasse: This street of colorful medieval houses is one of the best preserved areas of Nuremberg. There are now cafes, bars and boutiques under the houses. A real instagram spot, I think you will definitely take a photo on this street.

Albrecht Dürer House: The house where the famous Renaissance painter Albrecht Dürer lived and worked is now a museum. Inside the house, there are copies of Dürer’s works, furniture from the period and copper plate engravings showing the artist’s techniques.

Fembo House: This is Nuremberg’s only large merchant house from the late Renaissance. It was built between 1591 and 1596 by the Dutch merchant Philipp van Oyrl. Today it serves as a city museum, so if you want to take a pleasant trip through Nuremberg’s 950 years of history, I suggest you visit here.

Museumsbrücke: The bridge over the Pegnitz River is one of the oldest bridges in Nuremberg. It was first built as a wooden bridge in the 13th century and later converted into a stone structure. If you look east from Museumsbrücke, you can see the historic Heilig-Geist-Spital hospital building, while to the west you will see Fleischbrücke.

Fleischbrücke: Built in the 16th century, Fleischbrücke is another of Nuremberg’s historic bridges. Inspired by the Rialto Bridge in Venice, this bridge is located across the Museumsbrücke and is one of the symbols of the city.

Nuremberg Castle: This medieval castle is one of the best views of the city. Important buildings such as the Imperial Palace and Sinwell Tower are also located here. The museum in the castle exhibits historical weapons, documents and works of art.

Germanisches Nationalmuseum: Germany’s largest cultural history museum, with exhibits on German art and culture from prehistoric times to the present day. There are also important objects such as the works of Albrecht Dürer and the world’s oldest globe.

Neues Museum: Nuremberg’s modern art and design museum was designed by architect Volker Staab and opened in 1999. The museum hosts temporary exhibitions as well as works of contemporary art and design.

As I mentioned above, the Hauptmarkt in the city center is Nuremberg’s main market. Here you can find fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and many kinds of local products. Also, important buildings such as Frauenkirche (Church of the Virgin Mary) are located in this area. This church is famous for its Gothic architecture and the clock that chimes every hour. The Schöner Brunnen (Beautiful Fountain) is also an important monument in the Hauptmarkt.

Palace of Justice (Courtroom 600): The site of the famous Nuremberg Trials, where Nazi leaders were tried after the Second World War, this courtroom has witnessed important moments in history. You can both enter the hall and visit the museum.

Nazi Party Rally Sites and Documentation Center: This area offers comprehensive information about the Nazi era and is an important place for those interested in the history of that period.

Nuremberg Toy Museum: Nuremberg has an important history in toy production. This museum exhibits toys from different periods. I recommend it especially for families with children.

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