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10 top attractions to visit in Nuremberg

This post was originally published on A Globe Well Travelled in 2014. The content has been revised and updated with fresh information.


During a chilly yet clear-skied winter visit to Nuremberg, I discovered a rather intriguing destination.

Just shedding a recent snowfall as we arrived, the melting snow on the rooftops formed drips of water that fell onto the streets below. Midwinter temperatures were chilly enough to scare off the majority of tourists, which meant we had the Nuremberg attractions nearly all to ourselves.

While Rob was interested in finding out about the city’s modern history from WWII, I was more into walking along cobblestone alleys while admiring the colourful wood-panelled buildings that were scattered throughout the old town. I felt like a time traveller who’d gone back to see what a medieval town looked like a few hundred years ago.

Nuremberg seemed like a destination worthy of being added to any traveller’s Germany itinerary. Featuring an impressive hilltop castle as well as a handful of fascinating museums, it has all the charm and character that you’d expect from a central European city. If you’ll be visiting soon, here’s the 10 top attractions that you should visit in Nuremberg!


Top things to do in Nuremberg:

Nuremberg Castle, Germany

Nuremberg Castle (Kaiserburg)

Nuremberg Castle is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. Perched atop a sandstone ridge overlooking the city, this location was one of the most important medieval imperial palaces of the Holy Roman Empire and dates back nearly 1000 years.

Visitors can explore the castle grounds for free, or tour the medieval buildings through a museum showcasing the history of Nuremberg.

Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg Old Town (Altstadt):

Nuremberg’s Old Town, or Altstadt, is a charming area brimming with narrow cobblestone streets, colorful half-timbered houses, and lively market squares surrounded by beautifully preserved medieval architecture.

Don’t miss the iconic Hauptmarkt (Main Market Square) with its bustling market stalls and the Schöner Brunnen (Beautiful Fountain). Do a Nuremberg walking tour to discover the history of the town centre.

Nuremberg Christmas Market (Christkindlesmarkt):

If you’re visiting Nuremberg in December, you’ll be lucky enought to experience the magic of one of Germany’s most famous Christmas markets held annually in the old town. The market features festive decorations, traditional handicrafts, and delicious seasonal treats.

My visit was in January so unfortunately I just missed out on seeing them, but if they are anything like the other Christmas markets in Germany, I’m sure they’re amazing!

St Lorenz Church, Nuremberg, Germany

St. Lorenz Church:

The Gothic architecture of St. Lorenz Church makes it one of Nuremberg’s most stunning buildings. The interior features beautiful stained glass windows, intricate woodcarvings, and a magnificent organ.

Nuremberg Trials Memoriam:

If you’re into WWII history, you can visit the historic courtroom where the Nuremberg Trials took place. The Memoriam Nuremberg Trials museum provides a sobering look at this pivotal moment in history.

Frauenkirche, Nuremberg, Germany

Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady)

This iconic church is a symbol of Nuremberg’s rich religious heritage and architectural splendor. Dating back to the 14th century, Frauenkirche is renowned for its Gothic architecture. Step inside to admire the awe-inspiring interior, featuring beautiful stained glass windows, ornate altars, and a serene atmosphere conducive to reflection and contemplation.

Nuremberg Toy Museum (Spielzeugmuseum):

One of the more fun Nuremberg activities is to delve into the world of toys at this fascinating museum, which showcases the history of toy manufacturing in Nuremberg. Highlights include vintage dolls, model trains, and interactive exhibits.

Nuremberg, Germany

Albrecht Dürer’s House (Albrecht-Dürer-Haus):

The former home of the renowned artist Albrecht Dürer is now a museum, which offers insight into Dürer’s life and work. Insode you’ll find exhibits showcasing his paintings, prints, and tools of the trade.

Hangman’s Bridge (Henkersteg):

Walk across this historic pedestrian bridge spanning the Pegnitz River, which offers picturesque views of the old town and surrounding architecture. The bridge is adorned with colorful love locks and provides a unique vantage point for photography.

Nuremberg Nazi Rally Grounds, Germany

Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds:

We didn’t know about the existence of the Nazi Rally Grounds until after we arrived in Nuremberg. It was listed as one of the top Nuremberg attractions.

The on-site museum (Documentation Center) is housed in the old Congress Hall building. The exhibits feature detailed accounts of the rallies, as well as some history of the Nazi Party and national socialism in Germany.

Afterwards we were able to explore the grounds. It was a bizarre feeling standing on the podium of the Zeppelinfeld Grandstand, looking out over the field where 100,000 dedicated party members once cheered their leader.

You can find more info on the grounds at the Nuremberg Museums website.

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