Watched over by Kaiserburg Castle, Nuremberg has a fairy tale ambience. It’s anchored by a medieval Old Town made up of cobblestone streets, Gothic churches and bustling squares. Nuremberg may be one of Germany’s oldest cities, but it serves as the beating heart of Bavaria’s cultural scene. Spend your days visiting world-class museums, shopping at trendy boutiques and exploring the city’s smorgasbord of beer halls.
Things to do in Nuremberg
Most visitors gravitate towards the Old Town, which is divided by the Pegnitz River. Start in Hauptmarkt Square, where sunlight reflects off the gilded Schöner Brunnen fountain. If you visit over the festive season, Hauptmarkt throws one of Europe’s most magical Christmas markets.
To the east is the 14th-century Frauenkirche, which features a striking Gothic facade. Towering above the Old Town is Kaiserburg Castle where you can visit the Kaiserburg Museum, tour the residential wing and climb the Sinwell Tower for panoramic views of the city.
Nuremberg once served as a base for the Nazi regime, which means there’s plenty on offer for history buffs. The Memorium Nuremberg Trials courthouse is a highlight, where Nazi leaders were once trialled for crimes against peace and humanity.
Spanning prehistory to the early 20th century, Germanisches National museum is the nation’s biggest and most important cultural attraction. For something unique, check out the Deutsche Bahn Museum, which celebrates Germany’s railway history.
Getting around Nuremberg
In the Old Town, the best form of transport is on foot. Nuremberg is also bike friendly, with plenty of dedicated paths and routes. Public transport is fast and efficient, with buses, trams, subways and trains servicing the city. Nuremberg Central Station is just steps from the Old Town, while Nuremberg International Airport is a 20-minute drive or train ride to the north.