Things to do in
Nuremberg

This Bavarian city’s old city center, diverse architecture, and rich museums invite you to step back in time.

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Nuremberg: Sightseeing Train Tour

1. Nuremberg: Sightseeing Train Tour

Explore the historic city of Nuremberg on board a picturesque tourist train. Enjoy a ride through the city center, departing from the main Market Square. Pass by the Schöner Brunnen, a beautiful 19-meter high gold fountain. Next, drive by the Maxbrücke Bridge, St. Lawrence Church, the Hospital of the Holy Spirit and the Imperial Castle, one of Europe's most important medieval fortifications. Enjoy panoramic views of all the sights visited from the comfort of your train seat.  In addition, learn more about the history of the city and uncover its secrets and legends from your informative audio-guide. During this tour you will be able to see all of the city's highlights in just 40 minutes and afterwards can explore the city on your own.

Nuremberg: Old Town Guided Walking Tour

2. Nuremberg: Old Town Guided Walking Tour

The prosperous city of Nuremberg provided the ideal basis for an active cultural and intellectual life, as well as a lively arts scene. Even today, numerous buildings, monuments and artworks still reflect the city's former importance. Your guide will provide information and insights on the churches, castle, and fountains you see, as well as on the city itself, past and present. You will also visit the Main Market Square.

Nuremberg: PLAYMOBIL®- FunPark

3. Nuremberg: PLAYMOBIL®- FunPark

Explore the PLAYMOBIL-FunPark which spreads over an area of more than 90,000 m² and is specially designed for children between 4 and 10 years old. Enjoy the exciting theme worlds where your little ones have a lot of space to play and run. The whole family can enjoy the Aktiv Park with many possibilities to climb, play and discover. Children can go on adventures in the Pirates' Sea, storm the corners of the Knights' Castle or experience the work of a gold digger in the Western City. Also enjoy a water playground, a slide area, a labyrinth of lights, mini-golf, and a go-kart course. If you need a break from all these exciting adventures, just visit one of the many restaurants in the park and get you a snack and a cold soft drink. In case you can't get enough of PLAYMOBIL, you can purchase the tiny figures at the PLAYMOBIL-Shop.

Nuremberg: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

4. Nuremberg: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Enjoy a day of city-sightseeing in Nuremberg in the comfort of a hop-on hop-off double-decker bus. See the city’s most famous monuments and buildings from great vantage points and learn about the city’s rich history. Sit back and relax and enjoy the 2-hour circuit as your guide entertains you with fascinating information about the popular attractions and the 1,000-year history of Frankonia's metropole. Benefit from the flexibility to hop-on or hop-off anytime at any of the 6 stops along the tour route. You will see that, besides gingerbread and fried sausages, Nuremberg has so much more to offer.

Nuremberg: 1.5-Hour Private Tour through Historical Old Town

5. Nuremberg: 1.5-Hour Private Tour through Historical Old Town

Explore Nuremburg, one of the largest German cities during the Middle Ages at the heart of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation. Learn more about the famous personality of the city: Dürer was born in Nuremberg, created his work here, and was buried here. Hans Sachs also created his works in Nuremberg and Martin Behaim made the first globe here. Even the first railway line in Germany went from Nuremberg to Fürth. In addition, the first pencils were invented here. Experience an informative tour through the romantic old town of Nuremberg with a knowledgeable guide and discover the main attractions of the city, such as Albrecht Dürer's House, Nuremberg Castle, Tiergärtnertorplatz, and the Hauptmarkt with the beautiful fountain and the Frauenkirche.

From Munich: Nuremberg Day Trip by Train

6. From Munich: Nuremberg Day Trip by Train

In Nuremberg the Third Reich strutted in all of its pomp in the city’s grandiose marching grounds, and years later an international war crimes tribunal held that same Nazi leadership accountable for its actions. There is much more to see here, however. This is an old and beautiful city with a rich and vibrant history. You’ll see the massive medieval fortifications of the striking old town, magnificent gothic churches, colorful marketplaces, and the hilltop castle of the old imperial city. Your expert guide will accompany you on the 90-minute train journey from and to Munich, and provide a comprehensive tour through Nuremburg. The city’s history is fascinating. It was the unofficial capital of the First Reich, or the first Germanic Empire, which dominated central Europe for a thousand years. It was here that the Imperial Diet of the Holy Roman Empire was hosted. It was a center of cultural and intellectual vitality at the crossroads of major imperial trade routes. Nuremburg also played a key role in the Reformation, and in the printing and scientific revolutions that shaped the modern world.

Nuremberg: Private 1.5-Hour Tour with Brewery Visit

7. Nuremberg: Private 1.5-Hour Tour with Brewery Visit

Explore Nuremberg on a guided walk with a visit to a brewery. Discover the most beautiful sights in the city on foot including Albrecht Dürer's House and the Imperial Castle. Stroll past the main market square, where the annual Nuremberg Christmas Market is held, attracting up to 2 million visitors each time. Visit a microbrewery and taste delicious beers. Franken is known for its good beer and an unknown author once fittingly said: “Beer is among the most useful drinks, the tastiest foods, and the most pleasant drugs”. True to this motto, you can taste red beer, cool pale beer, or the house drink.

Nuremberg: Medieval City Exploration Game

8. Nuremberg: Medieval City Exploration Game

Explore Nuremberg and its famous locations while playing an engaging phone game. Visit highlights of the city like St Lorenz Church, The Hole Prison, Kaiserburg Castle, and more. Start the game at St. Lorenz Church. As you solve challenges, the story will unfold and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location.  It will take between 3-3.5 hours but you should explore at your own pace: simply pause the game and resume when you want from the location where you paused it.  You can play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups that compete against each other before meeting at the final stop of the game, the Marriage Carousel.

Nuremberg: Guided Bike Tour of the Old Town

9. Nuremberg: Guided Bike Tour of the Old Town

Get to know Nuremberg's city by bike. Bring a bike and, on the slow paths through the Old Town, visit both attractions and hidden gems. See the Pegnitz meadows and the Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle). Learn about the city and the Imperial fortifications from your expert local guide on a cycling tour of the Old Town. Enjoy the beautiful views of Nuremberg on this relaxed bike tour. The second largest city in Bavaria is home to quaint, colourful streets, dark beer, gothic churches and medieval fortifications. Not to forget gingerbread.

Nuremberg: Guided BYO Bike Tour

10. Nuremberg: Guided BYO Bike Tour

Explore the city of Nuremberg by bike and admire the many sights. You can drive around almost the entire of the old Medieval wall, and visit the place of the Nuremberg trials and the former Nazi party rally grounds. You will learn about the treasure chest of the Holy Roman Empire of German Nations, and ride around almost the entire old medieval wall. Passing through the green lung of Nuremberg, you will encounter the former Nazi Party Rally Grounds, where you can see the contemporary witnesses of the National Socialists' megalomania. A detour to the location of the Nuremberg Trials must not be missed. The tours usually take place on well-maintained bike paths, and travel at a comfortable pace. You can look forwards to a nice bike tour, with a maximum of 15 participants.

Frequently asked questions about Nuremberg

Insider tips: Planning a trip to Nuremberg

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What should I do on my first trip to Nuremberg?

Today the second largest city in Bavaria, Nuremberg has a complex but intriguing history. An Imperial City for the Holy Roman Empire and, partly because of this, a city chosen by the Nazis to hold their rallies. Visiting the Nuremberg Imperial Castle is a must. The oldest part dates to around 1000 AD, and together with the city walls, still standing in some places, this is considered one of the most formidable fortifications from medieval Europe. Away from the Altstadt, signs of the Nuremberg rallies also survive for those who are interested in 20th century history. The best way to see these is on a walking tour.

What are some hidden gems to see in Nuremberg?

My favourite Nuremberg ‘hidden gem’ is an object not an attraction. Although the object is in an amazing attraction, the Germanisches Nationalmuseum. This is the largest cultural and historical museum in the German-speaking region. In the vast collection of objects that range from prehistory to the present one stands out, the Behaim Globe made in the 1490s. It is the oldest spherical representation of the world in the world. The detail on the globe is exquisite, something any traveler will appreciate.

How much time should I spend in Nuremberg?

Nuremberg is a welcoming city throughout the year. But it is during December that most visitors come, for the world famous Christkindlesmarkt. While you could easily spend four or five days in the city during summer, a weekend break in December is more than enough time to experience Nuremberg at Christmas. Book yourself a good walking tour that includes the main sites, the markets and the history. Spend a few hours in the museum and then save time to explore the Christmas markets at your own pace. It will be a weekend you remember for all the right reasons.

What food is Nuremberg known for?

Nuremberg, and this part of Germany called Franconia, is known for a number of culinary delights. In spring it is spargelzeit and you can not miss the Franconian asparagus. In December, especially for Christmas, you can not avoid Nuremberg Lebkuchen; a traditional gingerbread with a closely guarded recipe that includes nuts, honey and a mix of different spices that include cinnamon, clove and cardamom. Throughout the year you will not be able to escape the Nuremberg Bratwurst. A few euros will get you three on a bread roll. If you are looking for something more substantial, try Schäufele. This is a typical regional dish, roasted shoulder of pork served with dumplings and red cabbage.

What is the best way to get around Nuremberg?

Everything most tourists want to see when they visit Nuremberg, particularly in the winter, is within walking distance. The old town is quite compact, and although the castle and the museum are at either ends of the town, they are only a 45 minute walk apart. The 20th century Nazi sites are a bit further away from the centre of town, but still within walking distance. Although the city has an excellent tram service.

What neighborhood should I stay in when I visit Nuremberg?

Given the atmosphere in the Old Town in December, I recommend finding a hotel in the centre. Really, there is no point in being too far away from the festive action! Being in the city centre allows you to get out early and beat the crowds if you need to. Nuremberg has a good range of hotels to choose from, to suit all styles and budgets.

What are the best annual events in Nuremberg?

Nuremberg’s Christmas market is one of the oldest and best known Christmas markets in the world. The oldest known date is 1628. In December each year over two million people visit Nuremberg. Known as Christkindlesmarkt, the market is opened by the Christkind on Friday evening before the first Sunday of Advent.

Planning Your Visit

  • How many days to spend in Nuremberg?

    Three full days will allow you to tour Nuremberg at a leisurely pace. Add an extra day if you're planning to visit the city's famous Christmas Market (Christkindlesmarkt) during the Holidays.

  • Getting around

    The city wall encompasses the historical center, and it's very easy and pleasant to walk from one attraction to the next. To reach the Document Center and Nazi Party Rally Grounds, take tram 4 to Duzendteich or tram 9 to Luidpoldhain, both of which pass through the city's main station (Hauptbahnhof). For a trip to the grounds, a day-ticket is the best bet. If you're visiting on a weekend, it's valid for that time.

  • Where to stay in Nuremberg

    Your best bet is to stay in the historical center and have everything at your finger tips. If your idea is to come for the Christmas market, then book a room well in advance, especially if you plan to be in Nuremburg over an Advent weekend.

Good to know

  • Language
    German
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +49
  • Best time to visit
    Spring and autumn are the best times to visit, when the temperatures are still pleasant, rainfall is lower, and crowds are fewer. The Christmas Markets are definitely worth the visit in December, but it will be cold, and there will be over a million people in the city.

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What people are saying about Nuremberg

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,381 reviews

Had a wonderful and informative tour with Walter. Met a couple people and followed the tour with drinks and great conversations.

Great guide who was very informative and saw some beautiful local sights. Also a great way to meet fellow travellers.

I had a wonderful time with our tour guide Mr Kurt. Informative and great one. Will come again all over from Malaysia

Quickly inside without queuing- everywhere very friendly staff- delicious coffee

We have two kids with us. The tour was enjoyed by all.