Top Things to Do in Nuremberg

View of Nuremberg, Germany
Peter Unger / Getty Images

The 950-year old city of Nuremberg (spelled Nürnberg in German) is Bavaria’s second largest city and still alive with history. It is about two hours from Munich and a frequent stopover for people on their way to the Bavarian capitol.

Here are the highlights of Nuremberg that no traveler should miss – from history buffs and art lovers, to culinary travelers and romantics.

01 of 06

Walk Nuremberg's Old Town

Max_Ryazanov / Getty Images

The best way to explore Nuremberg’s Old Town is to walk. Highlights along the way include:

  • Original city walls
  • Burgviertel(Castle Quarter) - Filled with its sand stone and timber framed houses
  • Heilig-Geist-Spital - One of the largest hospitals from the Middle Ages
  • Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle) - Residence of Germany’s Kaiser and kings between 1050 to 1571

From the train station, it's a half-hour walk through the Nuremberg's Old Town. Use this route trough Nuremberg  which takes you through the most scenic locations on the way to the castle.

In addition, take note of the fabulous statues and fountains in Nuremberg. Twist the ring on the Schöner Brunnen for luck or gaze in fear at the grim picture of marriage presented by the Ehekarussell.

Continue to 2 of 6 below.
02 of 06

Go to Albrecht Dürer House in Nuremberg

Albrecht Durer House Nuremberg
Courtesy of Congress-und Tourismuszentrum Nuremberg

One of Nuremberg’s most famous residents was Albrecht Dürer, the greatest artist of the Northern Renaissance. His timber-framed house in Nuremberg's Old Town, set underneath the Imperial Castle, is now a museum dedicated to the artist's life and work. On display are Dürer’s original etchings, woodcuts and paintings, and you can also tour the artist’s painting and printing workshop, where Dürer's working techniques are demonstrated. Also look for his  giant distressed bunny on the street out front.

Every Saturday at 14:00 there is a guided tour in English.

Albrecht-Dürer-Straße 39, 90403 Nuremberg
Tram line 4 Tiergärtnertor, U1/ U11: Lorenzkirche

Adults - 5 euros

Opening Hours:
Tuesday - Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 20:00
Saturday-Sunday 10:00 - 18:00
(from July to September and during Nuremberg's busy Christmas market season the museum is also open Monday 10:00 - 17:00)

Continue to 3 of 6 below.
03 of 06

Visit the Nazi Party Rally Grounds

Germany, Nurnberg (Nuremberg). Congress Hall. Built (partially completed) by the Nazis along with the nearby Party Rally Grounds.
Ed Reschke / Getty Images

Adolf Hitler declared in 1933 that Nuremberg should be “City of the Nazi Party Rallies”. The grounds and Dokuzentrum (Docu Centre) were never fully realized, but still hosts monumental buildings, arenas and roads that were used for Nazi mass events and parades. Nowhere else in Germany can the remains of authentic Nazi architecture be seen as clearly as here.

In one wing of the unfinished Congress Hall, which was designed to seat 50,000 spectators, you’ll find the excellent permanent exhibition "Fascination and Terror", which explores the rise of the Nazi Party, the Führer myth, Nazi party rallies, racism and anti-Semitism, the German resistance and the Nuremberg trials.

To get the most of your tour on these desolate grounds, book a private tour.

Documentation Centre Nazi Party Rally Grounds
Bayernstraße 110, 90478 Nuremberg
Phone: 0911 231 - 56 66
Tram line 9: Doku-Zentrum, Suburban Railway S2:Dutzendteich Bahnhof

Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday 9:00 - 18:00
Saturday-Sunday 10:00 - 18:00 (last admission 17:00)

Adults - 5 euros

Continue to 4 of 6 below.
04 of 06

Memorialize the Nuremberg Trials

Nuremberg Defendants
Galerie Bilderwelt / Getty Images

Open since 2010, this museum in the east wing of Nuremberg’s Palace of Justice offers an in-depth exhibition about the history of the Nuremberg Trials. The museum is located in the very same building where the Allies tried Nazi officials for crimes against peace, war crimes, and crimes against humanity between 1945 and 1949. You can even tour the original courtroom 600, where the trails took place.

Please note that access might be limited as the court is still active and room 600 is still used for trials today.

Memorium Nuremberg Trials
Bärenschanzstraße 72, 90429 Nuremberg
Subway U1: Bärenschanze
Phone: 0911 321 - 79 372

Opening Hours:
Wednesday-Monday 10:00 - 18:00 (last admission 17:00)

Adults - 5 euros

Continue to 5 of 6 below.
05 of 06

Eat at the World's Oldest Sausage Restaurant

Nuremberg is famous for its tiny but tasty Nürnberger. These roasted pork sausages can be found throughout the city, but there is no better place to feast on them than in the oldest Bratwurst restaurant in the world.

Since 1419, Nuremberg's restaurant “Zum Guldenen Stern” dishes up its tasty sausages, handcrafted by local butchers according to traditional recipes and grilled over beech wood fire. Served six at a time, try them with sauerkraut and homemade potatoes salad and a side of horseradish cream. Everything you’ll eat here comes from family-owned farms from the region.

Zirkelschmiedsgasse 26, 90402 Nuremberg
Phone: 09 11 / 20 59 288

Continue to 6 of 6 below.
06 of 06

Celebrate Christmas at Nuremberg's Market

Christkindl market in Nuremberg, Frankonia, Germany
Heinz Wohner / LOOK-foto/Getty Images

The Nuremberg Christmas Market is one of the most popular Christmas fairs in Germany. Dating back to the 16th century, the traditional market takes place on the cobble stone streets of Nuremberg’s romantic Old Town, and its organizers keep a watchful eye on the tasteful decoration of the wooden huts (no plastic garlands or taped Christmas music allowed!).

Was this page helpful?