The Best Time to Visit Nuremberg

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Medieval Nuremberg (Nürnberg in German) is a popular stop for visitors to Germany with its charming castle and Altstadt (old city). History buffs also make a stop in Nuremberg for its Third Reich party grounds and infamous courtrooms. These attractions bring millions of visitors to Bavaria’s second largest city each year and it is popular throughout the year.

While there is no bad time to visit, the very best time to see Nuremberg is in December when the Christmas spirit has completely consumed the city. Its Weihnachtsmärkte (Christmas markets) are some of the best in the country and there is nowhere like Germany at Christmas. If you prefer to avoid the cold or aren't feeling the Christmas cheer, this is the full guide of when to visit Nuremberg with information on weather, crowd levels, and events any time of year.

Weather in Nuremberg

Nuremberg's climate is continental, meaning winters are often freezing and summers are light-filled and warm. Visitors should be prepared for quick weather changes from sun to rain to hail. Rain is actually common throughout the year with the highest levels of precipitation in summer.

Spring (frühling) is slow to warm, but after a long dark winter Germans are eager to get outside. Biergartens and market visits happen whether temperatures are in the low 40s F or up to 65 degrees F.

Summer (sommer) days are warm with daylight lasting until 10 p.m. Everyone makes time to be outside and the temperatures are pleasant between 65 to 75 degrees F. Occasionally temperatures will peak at 90 to 100 degrees which can feel even hotter with the lack of air conditioning. This is the time of year to bring a swimsuit, and an umbrella as rainstorms are still common.

In autumn (herbst) the days shorten and the weather cools to the 40s to 50s. By November temperatures can drop dramatically with early frost and sometimes snow. Layer a scarf and a hat onto a jacket, and plan for slippery cobblestones in your shoe ware.

Winter in Nuremberg is cold, but warms from the inside with Christmas magic and mugs of Glühwein (mulled wine). After the Christmas markets close at end of December, the weather is dreary until spring. That does result in low crowds and bargain accommodation rates. Dress warmly with a quality coat layered over winter wear. Consider adding long johns and mittens if you are going to spend time outside.

Popular Events and Festivals in Nuremberg

The German calendar is full of events, but Christmas is a special time. Nuremberg is renowned for its historic weihnachtsmärkte (Christmas markets) open from late November through Christmas Eve (a few may open again from December 27 through New Year's Eve). As this is one of the city's busiest times, visitors should expect crowds and higher accommodation prices.

If you want to avoid the crowds or freezing cold, there are plenty of other festivals in Nuremberg throughout the year.

January in Nuremberg

After the Christmas markets have closed and the cold has truly set in, it is quiet in Nuremberg. In January, the city has a locals-only vibe and this is a great time to eat a big Franconian meal and visit the city's many museums.

  • Event to check out: Nuremberg celebrates Christmas a little longer with Three Kings Day (Dreikönigsfest or Epiphany) on January 6th. It is an official holiday in Bavaria so you might spot children dressed as Three Kings going door-to-door caroling and collecting for charity. Also expect grocery stores and government offices to be closed.

February in Nuremberg

While Nuremberg isn't the ideal location for a ski vacation, there is cross country skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing, and all other types of winter sports available in February.

  • Event to check out: Karneval (or Fasching) is the major festival in many German cities for February. The celebration in Nuremberg is not nearly as robust as in Cologne, but there are still well-established clubs, a Nuremberg Carnival Parade, and a Nuremberg prince.

March in Nuremberg

Nuremberg begins to re-open in spring with rising temperatures and biergartens. This is also when Germans' favorite vegetable, spargel (white asparagus), begins to make its grand appearance on every menu. Spargelzeit continues until June and is a holiday in itself.

April in Nuremberg

Warmer weather is finally on its way, brightly announced with the blossoming of the kirschbäume (cherry blossoms). April also has some of Nuremberg's biggest festivals outside of Christmas.

Events to check out:

  • Nürnberger Volksfeste (Nuremberg Folk Festivals) is a traditional spring fair full of Franconian traditions. Nearly two million visitors come to the fairgrounds on the Dutzendteich Lake to dance, eat, and be merry.
  • Die Blaue Nacht (The Blue Night) is a night of brilliant light shows paired with music and performances. Dazzling displays are projected directly onto the castle and other buildings in the Altstadt.
  • Easter in Germany is a major holiday. Colorful eggs, grocery carts full of chocolates, and Easter trees and fountains all light up the city. In Nuremberg, the Häferlesmarkt (Easter market) is a much loved tradition.
  • This month ends with Walpurgisnacht when the witches come out to play and dance parties go through the night.

May in Nuremberg

Just before peak travel season of summer, Nuremberg in May features fantastic weather, moderate prices, and low crowds.

Events to check out:

  • Erster Mai or Tag der Arbeit is a holiday and a time for demonstration and protests about workers' rights.
  • Nürnberg Trempelmarkt is Germany's largest city flea market and is full of treasures.
  • Erlanger Bergkirchweih is just 20 minutes from Nuremberg and is one of the top beer festivals in Germany.

June in Nuremberg

Summer means long warm days and plenty of June events. With these positive features, there are also more visitors and accommodation prices are at their peak.

Events to check out:

  • The Fränkisches Bierfest has crowds of people gather in the moat around the castle to sample beers from local breweries.
  • More than 90,000 music fans gather for Rock Im Park. A favorite event since 1985, this is one of Germany’s largest rock festivals and has featured performances by the Foo Fighters, Green Day and The Red Hot Chili Peppers.

July in Nuremberg

Good weather and crowds continue into July.

Events to check out:

  • Christopher Street Day (Gay Pride) usually happens this month with a joyous rainbow parade.
  • The Bio Erleben festival offers the best of organic goods and entertainment.
  • Bardentreffen is an annual music festival at the end of July that fills the market square and surrounding streets with revelers.

August in Nuremberg

August is the time of year many Germans also go on vacation so many small businesses and restaurants are closed. Despite that, it is a popular time to visit and enjoy the warm weather and outdoor activities.

Events to check out:

  • The Klassik Open Air takes advantage of summer weather with live orchestra music in the park.
  • Brückenfestival is a free music festival on the Theodor-Heuss-Brücke.

September in Nuremberg

In September, daylight hours begin to dwindle, but there is still plenty of time to admire the changing of the leaves and fall festivals. Oktoberfest rages in Munich at the end of the month with many visitors expanding their travels to Nuremberg and other top German destinations.

Events to check out:

  • Nürnberger Altstadtfest is a two-week celebration of traditional Nuremberg with 60 free events like musical performances, market, and games. Expect river jousting, Franconian specialties, and plenty of beer.
  • Nürnberger Trempelmarkt is on again with more great flea market finds.

October in Nuremberg

October kicks off with a national holiday, the end of Oktoberfest, and still pretty pleasant weather.

Event to check out: Tag der Deutschen Einheit (Day of German Unity) is a national holiday every Oct. 3. There is one main celebration that rotates around the country each year and most Germans enjoy a day off.

November in Nuremberg

Temperatures in November begin to fall to freezing levels and tourists are minimal. Before the famed Christmas market begins at the end of the month, this is a quiet time to visit Nuremberg. But as soon as the market starts on the weekend of the first advent, this is one of the busiest times to visit the city.

Events to check out:

  • St. Martin's Day (Martinstag) on Nov. 11 is for the children with a lantern parade led with songs.
  • Nuremberg's legendary Christmas markets begins at the end of the month and runs til December 24th.

December in Nuremberg

Christmas is in the air in December. Everything in Nuremberg is centered around the holiday season as people bundle up and feel the Christmas cheer. Expect jolly crowds until Christmas Eve where everyone retreats into family celebrations.

Events to check out:

  • You can't visit Nuremberg in December and not stop by the Christmas markets. Drink your Glühwein and smell the gebrannte mandeln.
  • New Year's Eve (Silvester) is always a party and many restaurants, hotels, and clubs will hold special events.
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  1. Tourismus. "Nurnberger Volksfeste." Retrieved Jan. 30, 2021.

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