Have you ever head of Nuremberg? It’s not normally a city which makes it on to people’s radars to visit when coming to Germany – they mainly focus on Berlin, Munich and Neuschwannstein. But this region of Germany is absolutely beautiful!
Nuremberg is my favourite city. Home to the best sausages ever made, home to picturesque lakes and walks, a sobering past memorialised in a way that honours the victims, beautiful rivers and an Imperial Castle. Nuremberg, you are amazing and will always be in my heart!
We visited Nuremberg in autumn, and the city was relatively quiet. We had beautiful autumn colours and sunshine most days. It’s really hard to pick the top experiences to recommend as there are so many, but here are a few:
This is the imperial castle in Nuremberg, just off one of the main squares full of beautiful timbered buildings. The castle has a really great museum which documents its use within the Holy Roman Empire, with a selection from its armoury. The gardens surrounding the castle are also lovely with great views out to the city. The walk up is a bit of a steep slope, and you can easily spend half a day here.
TWO. The Bridges
The river running through Nuremberg is The Pegnitz. There are multiple bridges crossing the river, including Maxbrucke, Karlsbrucke, Fleischbrucke and Museumsbrucke. These give some lovely shots of the river and old timbered buildings. Beautiful for a nice walk.
THREE. Dutzendteich and Documentation Centre
Nuremberg was the city of Nazi Party rallies. The former rally grounds still exist, with the Congress Hall itself now converted in to a Documentation Centre on the National Socialist regime, honouring the victims. It has a dagger shaped museum running through it – symbolising a dagger to the heart of the regime. You can reach the site by short taxi ride or bus, and when there follow the boards to do a nice walk and finish in the museum. We spent a full day doing just this. I didn’t take any photos in the Documentation Centre, but this is a view of the Congress Hall from across the water.
FOUR. City Centre Walk
The City Centre has a number of beautiful churches to explore, including Frauenkirche and Lorenzkirche. It also houses a lovely old town hall (rathaus) and some great museums such as Albrecht Durer House (if you’re in to art), the Fembo Haus (Nuremberg city museum) and the Toy Museum. We visited them all and found the Nuremberg city museum to be our favourite. It’s just up the road from the main market square as well.
FIVE. Nurnberger Sausages (and food in general)
No words needed. Have them in a bun, have them with Kartoffelsalat (potatoes) or try Sauerkraut. They are unbeatable, in my humble sausage opinion!
We also ate at a cool steakhouse called Goldener Pudel, where you can see all the steaks being cooked. They were super tasty and I’d definitely recommend the restaurant. Just outside of town near the Nazi Party Rally Grounds is an awesome Thai restaurant called Duck and Curry which is also well worth a visit.
SIX. Playmobil Fun Park
Playmobil fun park is in Zirndorf, a town not far from Nuremberg. We got a taxi there but you could take the bus, and it’s great for kids. There are numerous themed areas including a giant pirate ship, fairytale castle and dinosaurs, as well as minigolf and cafe. There’s even a Playmobil Hotel if you really wanted to go all out! I even milked a Playmobil cow; not sure I’ll repeat that experience!
SEVEN. Nuremberg Trials Museum
The Nazi war trials were held after World War 2 to hold prominent Nazi leaders to account for the war crimes committed. The trials were held in Nuremberg, and you can visit the location where they were held. It’s still an active court, but on days it’s not in session you can even enter the court room. On any day, you can also visit the museum and learn about the witnesses, prosecution and defendents. It’s moving and it’s intense, but it’s well worth a visit.
Full Itinerary for those interested
- Day 1 – Flight arrival, toy museum, Goldener Pudel
- Day 2 – Old Town walk (Lorenzkirche, Frauenkirche & market, town hall, Fembohaus museum, Albrecht Durer Haus), Imperial Castle
- Day 3 – Nazi party rally grounds walk, Documentation Centre, Duck & Curry
- Day 4 – Trip to Playmobil fun park
- Day 5 – Nuremberg trials museum, river walk, flight home
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