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