Nuremberg is a city in Northern Bavaria, Germany that’s full of history, art and culture. The imperial castle, towering churches, museums and streets made this city charming despite of its disturbing past.
Aside from being called the City of Nazi Party Rallies, Nuremberg is also known as the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire. Interesting, right?
Thanks to a Є23 round trip flight from Italy, I was able to explore this intriguing city and I can share with you some travel tips and enough info on why you should visit Nuremberg. 🙂
TRAVELLING AROUND NUREMBERG
Airport to City Center
There’s an airport train (Flughafen station) that can take you directly to the historic centre/old town for about 15 minutes. Take the metro U2 and alight at Hauptbanhof (main station) or the nearest train station to your hotel. A ticket costs Є3.20.
Travelling around the city
There are buses, trams and trains that are accessible in every part of the city. If you are just travelling around the historic centre, it’s best to travel by foot. Important landmarks and interesting spots are just next to each other.
If you’re going to take a tram or bus, you can buy the ticket straight from the driver. A ticket cost Є 3.20 if you’re traveling within Nuremberg only.
There’s also a one-day solo ticket for Є 8.30. For more info, click HERE
WHERE TO STAY
There are many hotels and hostels that are near the train stations and within the historical centre.
My friend and I stayed at Maritim Nuremberg Hotel. It’s between Hauptbanhof and Opernhaus train stations and just in front of the historic centre.
WHERE TO GO
The Imperial Castle of Nuremberg
The Imperial Castle also known as Kaiserburg is one of the most significant palaces in the Holy Roman Empire. This humongous castle has a museum where you can learn about the history of Nuremberg.
Inside the castle, you can also find an Imperial chapel with two chambers. The lower chapel are for castle inhabitants while the upper chapel is for the Emperor/King.
Frauenkirche: The Church of Our Lady
This gigantic gothic church was built in 1352. You can also see the 700-year-old Männleinlaufen; the clock that chimes during midday.
St. Lorenz Church
Another towering gothic church created with great detail.
It is a medieval church that was named after the patron saint of Nuremberg, St. Sebald. You can view his tomb inside the church.
This gothic fountain built in 14th century looks like a church spire with religious statues like prophets and church fathers.
The market is filled with shops that sell artisanal products, local delicacies and random stuffs like scrubs, furs, and toys.
Albrecht Dürer House Museum
Albrecht Dürer is a German Renaissance artist that was born in Nuremberg. You can visit his five-storey house and learn about his life and work.
City Museum at Fembo House
Fembo house is a previous merchant’s residence turned into museum that showcases art and culture display
Take a stroll in this charming street full of colourful timbered buildings. The houses are lovely that will give you a feeling like you’re walking in a fairy tale land.
Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds and Zeppelinfeld
Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände is a horseshoe shaped building located in the Congress Hall.
There’s an exhibition here with documents and photos to give a better understanding of the National Socialist Dictatorship and why Nuremberg is called the “City of the Nazi Party Rallies”.
Admission Fee is €6 for adults, inclusive of audio guide that is available in different languages.
Zeppelenfeld is where the Nazi rallies took place. We didn’t go there because of time constraints but I saw it from the plane.
MUSEUM ADMISSION FEES
NOTE: “For an extra 3.00 EUR, you can also use your entrance ticket as a day ticket. If you buy a day ticket at Albrecht Dürer’s House, for example, you can also visit other houses belonging to the Municipal Museums free of charge on the same day.”
For more info, visit Nuremberg Municipal Museums
WHAT TO EAT
Bratwurst, bratwurst, bratwurst! The Nuremburg sausage is small so order a plate of 8 pieces, maybe 10.. but I’m pretty sure you’ll want more, so go for the 12 pieces. I swear, you will love it! The sausage is usually paired with potato salad, sauerkraut or horseradish. TBH, I don’t like sauerkraut but Germans prepare it sooo good that I prefer it more than their version of potato salad which I find bland.
Behringer’s Bratwursthäusle restaurant grills their sausage over beech-wood fire. Buy their hot pretzel too, it’s super yummy! The servers wear traditional clothes, so it’s pretty cool too.
Shnitzel is not to be missed when in Germany, and of course, beer! We tried it at Bratwurst Roslein.