Top attractions in Nuremberg
The 7 best things to do in Nuremberg
Once the seat of the Holy Roman Empire, center for Nazi rallies, and trials for their crimes, Nuremberg takes visitors on a tour that spans a millennium of history. Though devastated in WWII, the city rose from the rubble and meticulously rebuilt itself again.
1. Nuremberg Castle
Also known as the Kaiserburg, it took 400 years to build, and its 154-foot "Deep Well" still provides drinking water. The castle miraculously survived Allied bombings in 1945.
2. Albrecht Dürer's House
A visit to the home of the Renaissance draftsman, who made a name for himself by his early twenties, includes examples of his artistry in his painting and printing workshop.
3. St. Sebaldus Church
It's the city's oldest church from the 13th century and takes its name from Nuremberg's patron saint, St. Sebald, whose bronze shrine in the parish took 11 years to complete.
4. St. Lorenz Church
The striking feature here is the stained glass rosetta window that measures 9.5 feet in diameter. Though bombed in WWII, the church kept its treasures in a bunker under the castle.
5. Nuremberg Zoo
One of Europe's largest zoos, it houses the big cats, gorillas, a new dolphinarium, and manatee house. Don't miss the lions' feeding time daily at 2:30PM, except Mondays and Thursdays.
6. Germanisches Nationalmuseum
For a great lesson in German culture and history, this museum won't disappoint. The collection ranges from art to relics, and it also includes many of Dürer's priceless work.
7. Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds
The "Fascination and Terror" exhibit delves into the rise of the Nazis, their propaganda rallies, which took place on the grounds nearby, and the Nuremberg Trials after the war.
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.
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.
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- 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.
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What people are saying about Nuremberg
small private tours are always the best way too go. There ended up being just the two of us, plus our fantastic guide, Sandra. We had a very memorable tour around one of the most fascinating cities I have visited. great history, fairy tale medieval old town with so much history. also let's not forget the Beer, wine and food! being a small group we were able to stop and look at things of interest or a pit stop for a beer and some local cuisine. Highly recommended and thanks to our wonderful Sandra who was full of knowledge and great fun to hang out with for a few hours. we have used these private tours in several different cities around the world and honestly one of the best things you can do on day 1.
Having spent three years in Germany and done similar tours of Munich & Berlin this was the perfect ending for our interest in WWII. Seeing the plans put in place at the Rally Grounds we felt the remaining structures gave you an idea of grandeur of the time. we also think the open space is the best use of the area now so that visitors and residents can enjoy the nature beauty within the city especially for events and concerts. Having seen the horrors of Dachau it was a fitting finale seeing how some of those involved met their demise.
There were only a couple and I leaving from Munich, which was excellent due to our current situation; in Nürnberg, three more people were waiting for the tour, which is also reasonable. The guide showed us the history of the places, curiosities, and even gave some tips about the city. I would recommend the tour, and the town is lovely; I felt like I was in a medieval movie.
The tour with Heinz was fantastic. A great overview and historical background of the Old City. He was very knowledgable and was happy to answer any questions. It was a fabulous introduction to Nurnberg!
We had a great tour with our guide Achim. He taught us so much about the history in Nuremberg and took us to a bunch of cool spots that we wouldn’t have made it to on our own in the given time.