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Nuremberg

This Bavarian city’s old city center, diverse architecture, and rich museums invite you to step back in time.

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Nuremberg: Sightseeing Train Tour

1. Nuremberg: Sightseeing Train Tour

Explore the historic city of Nuremberg on board a picturesque tourist train. Enjoy a ride through the city center, departing from the main Market Square. Pass by the Schöner Brunnen, a beautiful 19-meter high gold fountain. Next, drive by the Maxbrücke Bridge, St. Lawrence Church, the Hospital of the Holy Spirit and the Imperial Castle, one of Europe's most important medieval fortifications. Enjoy panoramic views of all the sights visited from the comfort of your train seat.  In addition, learn more about the history of the city and uncover its secrets and legends from your informative audio-guide. During this tour you will be able to see all of the city's highlights in just 40 minutes and afterwards can explore the city on your own.

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Nuremberg: Old Town Guided Walking Tour

2. Nuremberg: Old Town Guided Walking Tour

The prosperous city of Nuremberg provided the ideal basis for an active cultural and intellectual life, as well as a lively arts scene. Even today, numerous buildings, monuments and artworks still reflect the city's former importance. Your guide will provide information and insights on the churches, castle, and fountains you see, as well as on the city itself, past and present. You will also visit the Main Market Square.

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Nuremberg: 1.5-Hour Private Tour through Historical Old Town

3. Nuremberg: 1.5-Hour Private Tour through Historical Old Town

Explore Nuremburg, one of the largest German cities during the Middle Ages at the heart of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation. Learn more about the famous personality of the city: Dürer was born in Nuremberg, created his work here, and was buried here. Hans Sachs also created his works in Nuremberg and Martin Behaim made the first globe here. Even the first railway line in Germany went from Nuremberg to Fürth. In addition, the first pencils were invented here. Experience an informative tour through the romantic old town of Nuremberg with a knowledgeable guide and discover the main attractions of the city, such as Albrecht Dürer's House, Nuremberg Castle, Tiergärtnertorplatz, and the Hauptmarkt with the beautiful fountain and the Frauenkirche.

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Nuremberg: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

4. Nuremberg: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Enjoy a day of city-sightseeing in Nuremberg in the comfort of a hop-on hop-off double-decker bus. See the city’s most famous monuments and buildings from great vantage points and learn about the city’s rich history. Sit back and relax and enjoy the 2-hour circuit as your guide entertains you with fascinating information about the popular attractions and the 1,000-year history of Frankonia's metropole. Benefit from the flexibility to hop-on or hop-off anytime at any of the 6 stops along the tour route. You will see that, besides gingerbread and fried sausages, Nuremberg has so much more to offer.

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From Munich: Nuremberg Day Trip by Train

5. From Munich: Nuremberg Day Trip by Train

In Nuremberg the Third Reich strutted in all of its pomp in the city’s grandiose marching grounds, and years later an international war crimes tribunal held that same Nazi leadership accountable for its actions. There is much more to see here, however. This is an old and beautiful city with a rich and vibrant history. You’ll see the massive medieval fortifications of the striking old town, magnificent gothic churches, colorful marketplaces, and the hilltop castle of the old imperial city. Your expert guide will accompany you on the 90-minute train journey from and to Munich, and provide a comprehensive tour through Nuremburg. The city’s history is fascinating. It was the unofficial capital of the First Reich, or the first Germanic Empire, which dominated central Europe for a thousand years. It was here that the Imperial Diet of the Holy Roman Empire was hosted. It was a center of cultural and intellectual vitality at the crossroads of major imperial trade routes. Nuremburg also played a key role in the Reformation, and in the printing and scientific revolutions that shaped the modern world.

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Nuremberg: Self-Guided Audio Tour

6. Nuremberg: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Explore Nuremberg at your own pace with this self-guided audio tour. Simply download the mp3 audio-guide and use the accompanying map to work out the best route for your journey. Discover the house of Albrecht Durer, one of the greatest painters and engravers Germany has ever produced, as well as stunning churches and fascinating museums. Visit sites such as Fleisch Bridge, The Church of Our Lady, The Altes Rathaus, and The Nuremberg Toy Museum. Learn more about the historic town hall featuring monumental painted frescoes, centuries-old architecture. Finish with a visit to Nuremberg’s crowning glory, towering above the city, the colossal Nuremberg Castle. Your tour. Your way.

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Nuremberg: Medieval Ages Tour in Spanish

7. Nuremberg: Medieval Ages Tour in Spanish

Travel back in time to discover what everyday life was like in Nuremberg during the Middle Ages. During the tour you will learn about Nuremberg’s infamous witch trials, where hundreds of women were accused of witchcraft. Continue the journey through the dark remnants of this era with a visit to Trödelmarkt Island, where the city’s notorious executioner Franz Schmidt lived. Public executions and punishments were a daily occurrence during these times. As you walk through the city’s perfectly preserved cobblestones streets, your guide will share with you fantastical medieval tales of devils, knights on flying horses, and galactic aliens. This comprehensive city tour will allow a deep overview of the everyday life of citizens during the Middle Ages. Learn about their daily activities, their professions, and how medieval customs, which are still alive today, have shaped modern Nuremberg.

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Nuremberg: Third Reich Historic Tour

8. Nuremberg: Third Reich Historic Tour

For centuries, Nuremberg was the secret capital of the Holy German Roman Empire and was chosen to be the propaganda center of the Third Reich. Hitler considered Nuremberg as the heir to Germanic traditions and wanted to continue the legacy of the powerful Germanic Empire of the Middle Ages within the Nazi regime.  In this city, the famous Nuremberg laws were written by Wilhelm Frick. One of the regime's greatest exponents of anti-Semitism, Julius Streicher, owner and promoter of the weekly newspaper Der Stürmer, also worked here. The city acquired the title of German city par excellence, being presented as the most loyal locality to the regime among all. Among other points, this tour will cover things such as the congresses of the Nazi Party, the Nuremberg Trials, National Socialist demonstrations, the Jewish quarter in Nuremberg and anti-semitism, the Zeppelin Field and the Flossenburg concentration camp, and more.

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Nuremberg: Private 1.5-Hour Tour with Brewery Visit

9. Nuremberg: Private 1.5-Hour Tour with Brewery Visit

Explore Nuremberg on a guided walk with a visit to a brewery. Discover the most beautiful sights in the city on foot including Albrecht Dürer's House and the Imperial Castle. Stroll past the main market square, where the annual Nuremberg Christmas Market is held, attracting up to 2 million visitors each time. Visit a microbrewery and taste delicious beers. Franken is known for its good beer and an unknown author once fittingly said: “Beer is among the most useful drinks, the tastiest foods, and the most pleasant drugs”. True to this motto, you can taste red beer, cool pale beer, or the house drink.

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Nuremberg Old Town and Nazi Rally Grounds Walking Tour

10. Nuremberg Old Town and Nazi Rally Grounds Walking Tour

On this 4-hour tour an expert English-speaking guide will take you to see Nuremberg’s Imperial Castle, where German Emperors ruled. See Gothic churches with awe-inspiring works by the most talented German artists in history, and the area where colorful markets have been held for nearly 700 years. Take a break for lunch in the marketplace before boarding the bus for the former Nazi Party Rally Grounds. The largest Third Reich buildings left in the world still silently testify to the megalomania of a madman. You'll see where stormtroopers paraded, and where Adolf Hitler personally inspected columns of SS men and performed pseudo-religious cult rituals before the saluting masses. Learn how Nuremberg deals with this dark part of its past today. After the war, at the Nuremberg trials, many of these same men would finally face justice and the gallows before the eyes of the world. The tour ends in front of the Third Reich Documentation Center Museum, which you might like to visit (entrance fee not included).

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Frequently asked questions about Nuremberg

What top attractions are a must-see in Nuremberg?

Planning Your Visit

  • How many days to spend in Nuremberg?

    Three full days will allow you to tour Nuremberg at a leisurely pace. Add an extra day if you're planning to visit the city's famous Christmas Market (Christkindlesmarkt) during the Holidays.

  • Getting around

    The city wall encompasses the historical center, and it's very easy and pleasant to walk from one attraction to the next. To reach the Document Center and Nazi Party Rally Grounds, take tram 4 to Duzendteich or tram 9 to Luidpoldhain, both of which pass through the city's main station (Hauptbahnhof). For a trip to the grounds, a day-ticket is the best bet. If you're visiting on a weekend, it's valid for that time.

  • Where to stay in Nuremberg

    Your best bet is to stay in the historical center and have everything at your finger tips. If your idea is to come for the Christmas market, then book a room well in advance, especially if you plan to be in Nuremburg over an Advent weekend.

Good to know

  • Language
    German
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +49
  • Best time to visit
    Spring and autumn are the best times to visit, when the temperatures are still pleasant, rainfall is lower, and crowds are fewer. The Christmas Markets are definitely worth the visit in December, but it will be cold, and there will be over a million people in the city.

Insider tips: Planning a trip to Nuremberg

Thomas Dowson is the founder of Archaeology Travel, a website for those seeking adventures in archaeology and history. As a professional archaeologist Thomas enjoys visiting archaeological and historical sites around the world. And sharing these experiences so that others can explore the world’s pasts more deeply. On his blog, you can find more information and all the details for planning a trip to Nuremberg.

What should I do on my first trip to Nuremberg?

Today the second largest city in Bavaria, Nuremberg has a complex but intriguing history. An Imperial City for the Holy Roman Empire and, partly because of this, a city chosen by the Nazis to hold their rallies. Visiting the Nuremberg Imperial Castle is a must. The oldest part dates to around 1000 AD, and together with the city walls, still standing in some places, this is considered one of the most formidable fortifications from medieval Europe. Away from the Altstadt, signs of the Nuremberg rallies also survive for those who are interested in 20th century history. The best way to see these is on a walking tour.

What are some hidden gems to see in Nuremberg?

My favourite Nuremberg ‘hidden gem’ is an object not an attraction. Although the object is in an amazing attraction, the Germanisches Nationalmuseum. This is the largest cultural and historical museum in the German-speaking region. In the vast collection of objects that range from prehistory to the present one stands out, the Behaim Globe made in the 1490s. It is the oldest spherical representation of the world in the world. The detail on the globe is exquisite, something any traveler will appreciate.

How much time should I spend in Nuremberg?

Nuremberg is a welcoming city throughout the year. But it is during December that most visitors come, for the world famous Christkindlesmarkt. While you could easily spend four or five days in the city during summer, a weekend break in December is more than enough time to experience Nuremberg at Christmas. Book yourself a good walking tour that includes the main sites, the markets and the history. Spend a few hours in the museum and then save time to explore the Christmas markets at your own pace. It will be a weekend you remember for all the right reasons.

What food is Nuremberg known for?

Nuremberg, and this part of Germany called Franconia, is known for a number of culinary delights. In spring it is spargelzeit and you can not miss the Franconian asparagus. In December, especially for Christmas, you can not avoid Nuremberg Lebkuchen; a traditional gingerbread with a closely guarded recipe that includes nuts, honey and a mix of different spices that include cinnamon, clove and cardamom. Throughout the year you will not be able to escape the Nuremberg Bratwurst. A few euros will get you three on a bread roll. If you are looking for something more substantial, try Schäufele. This is a typical regional dish, roasted shoulder of pork served with dumplings and red cabbage.

What is the best way to get around Nuremberg?

Everything most tourists want to see when they visit Nuremberg, particularly in the winter, is within walking distance. The old town is quite compact, and although the castle and the museum are at either ends of the town, they are only a 45 minute walk apart. The 20th century Nazi sites are a bit further away from the centre of town, but still within walking distance. Although the city has an excellent tram service.

What neighborhood should I stay in when I visit Nuremberg?

Given the atmosphere in the Old Town in December, I recommend finding a hotel in the centre. Really, there is no point in being too far away from the festive action! Being in the city centre allows you to get out early and beat the crowds if you need to. Nuremberg has a good range of hotels to choose from, to suit all styles and budgets.

What are the best annual events in Nuremberg?

Nuremberg’s Christmas market is one of the oldest and best known Christmas markets in the world. The oldest known date is 1628. In December each year over two million people visit Nuremberg. Known as Christkindlesmarkt, the market is opened by the Christkind on Friday evening before the first Sunday of Advent.

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What people are saying about Nuremberg

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,215 reviews

Federico is very friendly and communicative and provided us with a very interesting experience with important information about the history of Nuremberg. We don't even notice the time pass, even with rain and cold. We highly recommend this tour.

Manfred was an excellent guide through the historic area of Nuremberg. He knew his history of the area and was able to relate very entertaining stories about the area.

Great information, even as a Nuremberg resident there was something new to know. Great guide

New in Nuremberg I was able to get a good overview of the history that shaped this city

A very enjoyable and informative way of having a snapshot of Nürnberg.