Prior to arriving in Nuremberg, Marty and I had already spent time touring Venice, hanging out in Munich, relaxing in the charming town of Bacharach, and cruised the romantic Rhine River. To be honest, we added Nuremberg to our German tour when we found a $21 flight from there to London.  We had originally planned to visit Berlin after leaving Bacharach but just couldn’t pass up this great flight deal to London.  Honestly, before finding this flight, Nuremberg wasn’t even on our radar.  That is what prompted me to write this post, we adored Nuremberg and I wanted to be sure others don’t miss it like we almost did.  If you are in Germany, you have to visit Nuremberg!

Nuremberg is the second largest city in Bavaria.  It is best known for its haunting association with the Nazi party, and while there is no denying this part of history and Nuremberg’s past, this great town is so much more than that.  The Nuremberg we found is full of nice people, charming half-timbered houses, great little bratwurst, and glorious medieval architecture surrounded by modern amenities.

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Accommodations while visiting Nuremberg:

Like I mentioned above, we originally thought of Nuremberg as a stopping off point.  Our flight left early on Friday morning, so we wanted a hotel close to the airport.  We chose to stay at the Movenpick Hotel at Nuremberg Airport.  We loved that the airport and the subway station were right across the street, and the hotel was really nice!  The rooms were large and comfortable.  We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.  Of course, we booked our hotel through Hotels.com.  We love booking with Hotels.com because we always get an amazing rate and as part of their rewards program, we are earning free nights with every booking!  If we had longer to stay in Nuremberg, we would have chosen a hotel closer to the old town center of the city like Hotel Victoria or the Sorat Hotel Saxx.


Getting There and Getting Around:

Nuremberg is easily accessible from all of the larger cities in Germany.  We arrived by train from Bacharach, but it is an easy stop from Frankfurt, Berlin, or Munich.  The busy train station is conveniently located right outside of the old city walls.  Since we had limited time in Nuremberg, we took the subway from our hotel back to Old Town and then just strolled around.  All of the sights we visited were easily by foot.  If you are staying longer and have time to visit the Nazi Rally Grounds and the Nuremberg Trials Courtroom, then you can use Nuremberg’s public transportation system.  They have trams, buses, subways and suburban trains.

What to See, Do, and Eat When You Visit Nuremberg

Walk the Town Wall

Nuremberg is one of few cities that are still completely surrounded by a medieval town wall, well 90 percent of it is still intact.  When leaving the train station, you will immediately notice the red sandstone wall.  Look carefully so that you don’t miss the entrance as you walk beside this piece of history.  The towers are a good indication of the fortification that once surrounded Nuremberg.

 

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Wander the Konigstrasse

The Konigstrasse has always been one of the four primary entrances into the city.  Today it is the main drag through town and is lined with shops, restaurants, and hotels.  This area was almost completely destroyed during World War II by allied bombers.  While the damaged buildings were repaired, some structures were destroyed and had to be rebuilt.  The architects chose to combine the medieval style while adding a modern flair.  You see examples of this throughout the Old Town.

Spend time in the Hauptmarkt

The Hauptmarkt is the main market square in Nuremberg and at the center of it stands the beautiful Gothic-style Frauenkirche or Church of Our Lady.  The market comes alive every day but Sunday with stands selling fresh fruit, flowers, and souvenirs.  During the weeks leading up to Christmas, Hauptmarkt hosts the largest German Christmas market.

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Directly across from the church, be sure and take a look at the Beautiful Fountain (Schoner Brunnen).  For years, this fountain brought clean drinking water to the people of the city.  The characters all represent something special to the Bavarian people.  You will see the representations of the arts, church fathers, kings, and emperors.  On one side, you might see people surrounding a golden ring.  Supposedly spinning it three times brings you good luck.  Go ahead and try it out.  It couldn’t hurt!

For a complete tour of Nuremberg’s old town, the Nazi Rally Grounds, and Nuremberg Courthouse consider taking this tour from Viator.

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Insider tip:  For a great view of the market, pay a few euros and head to the balcony at the top of the Frauenkirche.  

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Let’s Eat!

All this walking around sure made us hungry!  Marty and I chose Bratwurst Roslein to enjoy some traditional Grman sausages, pretzels, and beer.  Bratwurst Roslein is a huge, traditional German beer hall.  Located just a block off of Hauptmarkt, they have a large open kitchen and a nice outdoor seating area.  We feasted on Nurnberger Bratwurst that was grilled to perfection and accompanied with some traditional German saur kraut and potato salad.  YUM!!!

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Bratwurst Roslein had an amazing looking fried apple dessert, but we opted to head to Gelateria 4D, also located right off of Hauptmarkt,  for a yummy scoop of gelato instead.

If you haven’t worked up quite that large of an appetite, partake in the Nurnberger Bratwurst on a smaller scale.  All over town, you will find places selling these yummy sausages in a roll.  The perfect snack or meal on the go!

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Tour Nuremberg Castle

Perched on a hill overlooking the town, you will find Nuremberg Castle.  The 13th-century castle walls and towers served as the main defense for Nuremberg.  Today you can walk around the castle enjoying the beautiful views over the town before exploring the meandering stone paths that take you past the well house and moat.

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Your trip to Bavarian Germany has to include Nuremberg. From walking the old town wall, to eating Nuremberg sausages and taking selfies in front of a 13th-century castle, we have outlined what to see, do and eat while in Nuremberg! #nuremberg #germany #visitnuremberg #thingstodoinnuremberg

Your trip to Bavarian Germany has to include Nuremberg. From walking the old town wall, to eating Nuremberg sausages and taking selfies in front of a 13th-century castle, we have outlined what to see, do and eat while in Nuremberg! #nuremberg #germany #visitnuremberg #thingstodoinnuremberg

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Walk down Tanner’s Lane

Don’t miss the chance to walk down Tanner’s Lane.  Originally home to the wealthiest residents of Nuremberg, today Tanner’s Lane is filled with cafes, bars, boutiques, and restaurants.  I found this lane to be so charming with its half-timbered houses and little surprises are hidden everywhere in the architecture.

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Your trip to Bavarian Germany has to include Nuremberg. From walking the old town wall, to eating Nuremberg sausages and taking selfies in front of a 13th-century castle, we have outlined what to see, do and eat while in Nuremberg! #nuremberg #germany #visitnuremberg #thingstodoinnuremberg

Wander the Town

We found ourselves just wandering around the town stopping for photo opportunities all along the river.  Mary would take picture while I watched locals take their dogs for a walk or push their little ones in a stroller.  Nuremberg is truly full of beauty everywhere you look.

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Your trip to Bavarian Germany has to include Nuremberg. From walking the old town wall, to eating Nuremberg sausages and taking selfies in front of a 13th-century castle, we have outlined what to see, do and eat while in Nuremberg! #nuremberg #germany #visitnuremberg #thingstodoinnuremberg

Your trip to Bavarian Germany has to include Nuremberg. From walking the old town wall, to eating Nuremberg sausages and taking selfies in front of a 13th-century castle, we have outlined what to see, do and eat while in Nuremberg! #nuremberg #germany #visitnuremberg #thingstodoinnuremberg

Left Wanting More

As I said, we only scheduled one night in Nuremberg and we quickly regretted this.  With more time, we would have loved to explore the city some more and even get out of Old Town to see some of the historical sights associated with World War II.  I look at it this way, it just gives us a reason to go back to this glorious town!

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54 Comments

  1. It looks beautiful!! Germany is high on my list of places to visit. Now Nuremburg will be one of the cities I’ll try to see when I go!

    • I’m so glad it inspired you to add Nuremberg to your list, Sherrie. We truly loved it and were so pleased that we decided to schedule time there!

  2. I’ve heard of Nuremberg a couple of times, but not too often. It definitely has captured my attention from your post, and I absolutely adore that picture of the church. The next time I’m headed to Germany, it will have to be on my list of cities to visit!

    • I’m so glad we could add a city to your list, Larissa!

  3. Wow! A $21 flight? I would have purchased that ticket too! Nuremberg has gorgeous streets and that Gothic Church is incredible.

    • I know Candy! We couldn’t pass up that flight. The charm of the city made it worth is that much more.

  4. Really nice pictures, it seems there is a lot to do in Nuremberg! I’ve been there are few times when I was younger, since we lived close by, but I don’t remember much of it to be honest! 🙂

    • Thanks, Becky. You will have to be sure and go back!

  5. Such a charming city. And, thank you for sharing. Because, you’re right. I hadn’t heard of it before and it can easily get missed 🙂

  6. Such a beautiful city! I’ve heard of Nuremberg, but I’ve never been there. Now i DEFINITELY want to go 🙂

    • Glad you enjoyed the post, Samantha. You should put it on your list. We were really glad that we did!

  7. That architecture is calling my name. I’ve been to Germany but not Nuremberg.

    • Victoria, it was gorgeous. You will have to stop there on your next trip.

  8. This post is just what I needed at this moment as I am planning a trip to Germany this year and actually including Nuremberg in the itinerary. Loved your pictures and they actually got me excited more!! Pinning your post!!

    • Thank you, Shibani. My husband takes most of our photos so I will pass on the compliment to him. We have several posts on Germany, we also went to the Rhine Valley and Munich, hope they help you to plan your trip 🙂

  9. Thanks for sharing. What a beautifully preserved place. There’s so much history here. Would love to visit and try the food.

    • It really was beautiful, Kellyn. And if you go, you must try to food. Be warned though, I think I returned home with a “carb baby”. LOL!

  10. Those alleys looks absolutely lovely! I’ve never been to Germany, but it looks like I’ve got to go if not for the opportunity to wander through these charming streets 🙂

    • Yes, Kay, you really should. We were so pleasantly surprised by Nuremberg. It had so much character!

  11. In love with Tanner’s Lane wow, would love to explore it! Didn’t know you get free nights with the Hotels.com rewards program, that’s an awesome tip thanks – been using Bookings.com but never got a free night!

    • I’m so glad that you found the post useful Michelle! Feel free to sign up through our link 😉

  12. I’m German but you obviously saw more of Nürnberg (that’s the German name) than I ever did. I know Nuremberg’s train station very well because I would often arrive there and then take the bus to Prague :-). Nuremberg’s Christkindlmarkt is famous, yes, but also very crowded and overpriced. Personally, I liked the Christmas markets in Frankfurt and Strasbourg (France) better.

    • Thanks for the information about the Christmas markets. They are on my bucket list, so I appreciate the tips!

  13. We definitely plan to visit there because our ancestors are from Germany! So thanks for these wonderful tips. It looks beautiful there.

    • That’s the reason we were there also. My husband is German. It was so fun!

  14. I am surprised you did not post any picture about the extremely weird sculptures around the city… That huge rat, or the skeletons in the boat…. Although my favuorite had to be the marriage fountain… so disturbingly funny hahaha! I am glad you enjoyed your time there!

    • Weirdly Jenn, my husband didn’t take any of those. That’s so unlike him come to think of it!

  15. It looks really beautiful there. And that basket of pretzels is making my mouth water! I go to Germany often with my partner, there are so many gorgeous towns to explore. I think this will be next on our list.

    • I know, I want to go back and have more pretzels also, LOL! Please add it to your list, it’s so worth it!

  16. Tanner’s Lane looks so beautiful! ^_^ I should definitely look out for great flight deals as well, who knows, I might visit this cute town soon too!

    • That’s one of the things we love about Europe, once you get there it’s cheap and easy to hop around :).

  17. Love those cheap flights ! Looks like great time!

  18. That’s mostly the case all the time – people end up in Nuremberg by accident & only then realise how great the city is!

    • That’s so interesting to hear. I hope to spread the word so people will go on purpose :).

  19. What a charming town. I love that it has a city wall! Very cool. That Gothic Cathedral is stunning! The kraut, the preztels. Like a German dream.

    • The wall was outstanding, Cherene. Just be careful with all that kraut and pretzels. I came back with a carb baby! LOL!

  20. I have not been to Nuremberg yet, but you have me convinced. It is so pretty. I love all the red roofs and the colorful buildings. I would also like to learn more about the World War II sites too.

    • Thanks, Anisa! I wanted to learn more about the World War II sites also, we just ran out of time :(.

  21. As many times as I’ve been to Germany to visit family, I have yet to make it to Nuremburg. And actually, I’ve been trying to get here! I heard so many good things about this place and your post just solidified that fact!

    • I hope you make it soon, Jin. It’s so worth a visit!

  22. Always wanted to visit Germany (what have I been doing with my life???) and Nuremberg has so much history. Thanks for sharing!

    • That’s how I feel about so many places Amy! LOL!

  23. Wow, I had no idea how pretty Nuremberg really is! I grew up in Austria, so generally under-appreciated the variety of places in Germany that I could have visited so easily… Now I live in Scotland and it’s all so much harder to get to! I’d love to visit Nuremberg for the Christmas markets – must be magical!

    • You’re right Kathi. I think there are so many amazing places in Germany that are just hidden away. I have the Christmas markets on my list also :).

  24. Fantastic article. Nuremberg looks incredible, can’t wait to visit someday.

    • Thank you, Silvia!

  25. I have never been to Germany! It’s on our list for sure. I just adore your photos!

    • Thank you so much, Jessica. My husband is the ‘official photographer’ so I will pass on the compliment.

  26. We visited Nuremberg during the chaotic Christmas Market season – theirs is the largest in Europe! It made for a fun vibe, but also meant we didn’t see much of the rest of the city. A return trip is definitely in order – there’s so much to do!

    • Yes, some of the locals we met told us about how hectic it gets around Christmas. Although I would love to see it during this time, I’m glad our first trip allowed us to truly see and get a vibe for the city!

  27. I love Nuremberg but it’s even more amazing at Christmas! Its Christmas market is the oldest one in Germany and so magical. Glad you made it there!

    • I would love to go during Christmas Nina! I bet it’s incredible!

  28. Germany is on the book for next year, so I definitely will consider adding Nuremberg to the itinerary! Thanks for sharing!

    • That’s great Savannah! Be sure and check out our other Germany posts also. Happy Travels!