Many visitors rush through Nuremberg's attractions (Nürnberg in German) in a few hours before racing onto their next destination of Munich or Cologne or Europe at large. But almost 1,000-year-old Nuremberg in Bavaria is more than its medieval castle and city walls or lucky gold fountain or Nazi grounds. To truly experience the city, visitors should stay overnight in one of Nuremberg's best hotels.
Whether you prefer a rustic half-timber pension or a sleek modern hotel, Nuremberg has options. However, note that most places in Nuremberg have been carefully reconstructed as around 90 percent of the city was destroyed by Allied bombing during World War II. In fact, many of the city's beer cellars were turned into bomb shelters at that time and now can be visited on guided tours. Settle in for the night to discover more about this fascinating city.
Visitors staying in the four-star Hotel Victoria enjoy modern amenities in a listed historical building. For over 120 years, this privately run hotel has been tucked into its prime location within the Old Town next to the Handwerkerhof (medieval crafts yard). Their 62 rooms are clean and equipped with everything you need, from economy accommodations to suites.
Don't miss its Italian café, La Terrazza, with an impressive terrace and views of the city. There is also a cozy tea room and bar open to hotel guests.
Though the vibe is intimate, this is also a pleasant location for business with plenty of rooms with a desk, Wi-Fi, meeting rooms, and event spaces.
Hotel Drei Raben translates to "The Three Raven," and it is steeped in folklore with themed rooms and a playful vibe. Children and adults alike will be thrilled to stay in The Goose Man’s Fountain Room, Toy Town, or Railway Room.
The hotel is near Hauptmarkt Square in the center of the old town so visitors can explore the best of the city's nightlife and attractions. A funky Skulpturengarten, outdoor sculpture museum, is nearby. If you prefer to stay in, there is a cheery neon-lit cocktail bar.
Art & Business Hotel Nuremberg combines family-friendly with business efficiency. The sleek lobby space and courtyard are dotted with imaginative art pieces.
Inside the rooms, the decor is refined and elegant. The simple amenities provide everything you could need, though you will need to venture out to the dining area in the morning to indulge in the generous in-house breakfast.
The Art Bar is the perfect place to unwind after walking the city with periodic events like wine tastings.
Hotel Elch lies within a building dating back to the 14th century. Family-owned and friendly, this traditional half-timbered hotel is the place to find old-world charm in the shadow of the castle.
There are double rooms and suites with hardwood floors and modern furnishings. Its small size means service is at the forefront, and it can be your home away from home.
Design Hotel Vosteen prides itself on being unique. A small art hotel built in the 1950s, guests enjoy a personalized experience. This starts at the individually titled rooms, from Dachidyll Sonne to Katharine & Kleinod. Inside the rooms, you'll find a stylish and airy space with cheerful retro decor.
Guests can enjoy all Nuremberg has to offer from the hotel's central location behind the castle.
Stylish Hotel Deutscher Kaiser has been a classic since it was built in 1888. A perfect example of Nuremberg-style architecture, the three-star hotel has a sandstone façade and a clean, renovated interior. Take note of the original bay window (Chörlein) from the building that first stood here in the 1500s.
In the rooms, the vibe is clean and serene. There are also several apartment options for longer stays.
Hotel Agneshof is tucked into a quiet cobbled corner of the Old Town, an ideal location for walking the city. Designed in a contemporary style, it has everything you could need after a day of sightseeing, including a relaxing courtyard garden, hot tub, and sauna.
The rooms are equally welcoming, with high standards of cleanliness and comfort.
Villa Giulia is the perfect place to stay for awhile. The self-catering house is within the city limits and can accommodate up to eight people. A 15-minute walk to Nuremberg Castle, there are plenty of grocery stores to fill up your own kitchen pantry or cafes, bakeries, restaurants in which to eat out. Relax after a busy day in the small sitting room and plan your next day of adventures.
Built in 1800, renovations have kept Boutique Hotel Hauser fresh. Its airy, spacious rooms provide the necessary modern features like a flat-screen TV, mini-bar, private bathroom, and the essential of Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.
The hotel is just a 10-minute walk to Nuremberg Castle, but if you decide to stay in Restaurant Opatija serves local cuisine to guests and locals alike.
The family-run Gasthaus Rottner provides two options: a picturesque half-timbered property and a contemporary hotel. Located about 20 minutes from Nuremberg in the country, it is best accessed by car.
The large rooms and relaxed atmosphere invite guests to extend their stay and explore more of this gorgeous region. And when you return from your explorations, tuck into a traditional Franconian dinner at the onsite restaurant. For entertainment, check their schedule of events with regular happenings like an interactive cooking course at the hotel's Siemens Life Cookery School. Or fully check out from city life by exploring the many trails that lead directly from the hotel grounds.
Hotel Klughardt is located outside the center of town, but its free parking and reasonable prices make it a great place to stay if you are on a family road trip and a budget. Families should take advantage of the spacious garden, park across the street, and free access to bikes.
There are cheerful cafes and restaurants in the vicinity, but of course, you will want to explore Nuremberg proper. You can drive or bike in, or you can take the convenient tram into the old city.