Whether you fly to Nuremberg on business or as a tourist, you shouldn’t miss visiting the city, as Nuremberg is undoubtedly one of the most interesting cities in Bavaria.
The old town of Nuremberg at the feet of the towering imperial castle is more than picturesque: Gothic churches, splendid patricians’ houses and romantic corners and spots.
An atmosphere of lively co-existence between medieval and modern, between the past and the present prevails in Nuremberg.
A varied cultural life, a rich museum landscape, excellent shopping facilities, a large number of traditional and international restaurants and bars – all this makes Nuremberg an unforgettable experience.
The Nuremberg Convention and Tourist Office provides you with all the information you need for your sightseeing tour through the city:
Nuremberg’s landmark is undoubtedly the imperial castle where the old days of the kings become present. Towering over Nuremberg, it offers you a unique view of the city and its surroundings which you shouldn’t miss.
Or do you prefer spine chilling histories and spooky vaults? Then the “Medieval Dungeons” are exactly right for you. Established in the 14th century, twelve tiny cells and one torture chamber will give you an idea of justice practices in former times.
Among Nuremberg’s most famous museums figure the Germanic National Museum with its “Human Rights Road”, the Neues Museum, a museum for modern art and design , the Fembohaus City Museum with its multivision show “Noricama”, the Toy Museum and the Albrecht Dürer House as an homage to the well-known Nuremberg born artist.
To illustrate Nuremberg’s Nazi past, the “Documentation Centre Nazi Party Rally Grounds” house a permanent exhibition entitled “Faszination und Gewalt” (Fascination and Terror) dealing with the causes, relationships and consequences of the Nazi tyranny.
There is also the possibility of visiting the Palace of Justice where the Nuremberg Trials took place. During a guided tour, information on the role of the trials as well as a film with original footage from the trials will be provided.
Want to know more? Please find detailed information on the museums here
Nuremberg’s city center provides excellent shopping facilities.
One major shopping area is situated between the underground stations “Lorenzkirche” and “Weisser Turm”. Here you’ll find everything from international fashion shops, to shopping malls and department stores, book shops, drugstores, jeweler’s shops, music labels and sports equipment.
Nuremberg’s more exclusive shopping area, “Kaiserstrasse”, stands for luxury articles and designer shops. Generally, the shops in the city center are opened Mondays to Saturdays from 10:30am to 8:00pm.
As Nuremberg is famous for its grilled sausages you should really try some “Bratwürste” in a traditional “Bratwurst” restaurant like Bratwursthäusle next to Saint Seblad Church, or Bratwurst Röslein and Bratwurstherzle near the market square just to mention three of them. But don’t worry. Even if Nuremberg is the city of grilled sausages this doesn’t mean that you will have to eat “Bratwürstle” all day long. Indeed, Nuremberg is providing a wide selection of international restaurants. From American Diners to Mediterranean, Thai and Vegetarian restaurants, you will surly find the right place for you.
The old town around the castle is the ideal place for going out. By wandering through its picturesque lanes, you will discover cocktail bars and lounges, cafés, clubs and discos, most of them opened till early in the morning. In the direct surroundings of the castle, is Altstadthof Nuremberg, one of Nuremberg’s oldest breweries and a real must for everyone who likes good Bavarian beer.
Good news for all cinema lovers: Nuremberg also has a foreign language cinema, the Roxy cinema where most the films are shown in English, some in French and Spanish. Detailed information on programs, prices and opening hours can be found here.
Every year, Germany's most famous Christmas Market opens its stalls for visitors from all over the world, right in the middle of the city, on Nuremberg Main Market Square. At 5.30 p.m. on the Friday before the first Advent Sunday, the Christmas Angel opens her market, reciting the solemn prologue from the gallery of the church of Our Lady.
Blaue Nacht means an evening full of arts and artistic installations in the historic centre of Nuremberg. During one night, Nuremberg’s museums and theatres open up their doors thus making it possible for the visitors to have a night stroll through Nuremberg’s art leaden places. Outside, many landmarks of the city are transformed into ephemeral works of art that will only last for one night.
Nuremberg rocks! Three days long, the ancient Nazi party rally grounds will be transformed into a huge rock festival area with artists and visitors from all over the world. Become a part of the rock community and rock with System of a Down, Beatsteaks, KoRn or Kings of Leon!
The Organ Festival has become one of the most famous festivals for church music and attracts every year renowned musicians from all over the world. Get inspired by wonderful classical music interpreted by famous artists in the unique atmosphere of Nuremberg’s medieval churches.
Norising Motor Race is a international motor sports event attracting every year more than 100 000 motor sport fans. During one day, the world best Formula 3 pilots are fighting an exciting race around the ancient Nazi party rally grounds and bringing Formula 3 atmosphere to Nuremberg.
Since the first classic open air in 2000, this event has become one of the most popular summer highlight for the inhabitants of Nuremberg. Taking place in the Luidpoldhain parc, the visitors come together to listen to classical music performed by the Nuremberg Symphony and enjoy a well prepared pick nick evening with family and friends. An event that you shoudn’t miss.
Nuremberg’s Bards Festival is the biggest world music festival in Bavaria. With more than 200 000 visitors and musicians from all over Europe the festival is a must for all music and party lovers. It takes places in Nuremberg’s historic centre and besides fist class concerts you may also benefit from international culinary highlights.
Take a trip into medieval times where kings and knights ruled over the destiny of thousands of ordinary people. In the unique atmosphere of Nuremberg’s Castle a festival full of knights and princesses, artisans, tumblers, druids and witches will take place. The festival’s highlights are its famous knight competitions which will take place during the three day long festival.