Nuremberg
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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: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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 Old Town and Nazi Rally Grounds Walking Tour

8. 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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Nuremberg 2-Hour Old Town Walking Tour in English

9. Nuremberg 2-Hour Old Town Walking Tour in English

Enjoy an English-speaking 2-hour guided walk in a beautiful and prosperous medieval walled city. Nuremberg has been a center of the Holy Roman Empire, cradle of the German Renaissance, temple city of the Third Reich, and home to both the Nuremberg Nazi rallies and Nuremberg trials. Your guide will show you where German Emperors were crowned, where saints are buried, where the most famous and talented German artisans in history created awe-inspiring works, and where colorful and lively markets have taken place for nearly 7 centuries. Explore the enchanting Old Town that features fantastic regional food and drink and the greatest Christmas Market in Germany. Although the Christmas Market is held in December, Christmas shopping is available throughout the year. Nuremberg is the perfect city for a walking tour. Most of the Old Town is a pedestrian zone, and the tour is conducted at an easy pace.

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Nuremberg: Private Tour with a Local Guide

10. Nuremberg: Private Tour with a Local Guide

Meet the local guide at your Nuremberg accommodation and head out on a 2, 3 or 4-hour walking tour to explore the city. You’ll be in good hands with a knowledgeable local who is eager to share all the tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your visit. Start by getting familiar with the neighborhood where you’re staying. Hear about the best places to eat and shop and learn the easiest ways to get around. On this customized tour you’ll see some of the top attractions and hear about more that you can visit on your own after the tour. By the end of the tour, you'll feel more comfortable navigating the city and confident you have all the information you need.

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What people are saying about Nuremberg

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 259 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.