Many people, including World War II aficionados, associate Nuremberg with the Nazi party. It was here that the large Nazi rally grounds were built and from 1933-1938 Hitler addressed hundreds of thousands of supporters in an annual gathering. Hence Nuremberg was also where the allied forces decided to prosecute high ranking Nazi officials in a war crimes tribunal resulting in several death sentences. The courtroom where this took place is still active but also has an exhibition that can be viewed certain days.
The Nazi years of Nuremberg are merely a blip of time given a wealth of history and attractions that includes Germany’s most visited Christmas market, the Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt, a fantastic medieval castle, a wonderful Renaissance past and centuries of strict laws regarding beer and sausage that have kept quality at a premium for hundreds of years. All of this combines to give Nuremberg a long to do list.
Nuremberg (Nürnberg in German) is definitely worth a couple days if you’re trekking through Germany. The express train from Munich will get you there in just over an hour. But if you want to save a lot of money the intercity train is pretty cheap and takes around 2 hours. You can get a group discount pass when traveling in a party up to 5 people called a Bayern Ticket.
Bell and I love Nuremberg and have visited on a couple occasions because close friends of ours reside there. We’ve visited for the Christmas markets in December and their wedding in summer. Both seasons are wonderful to visit. European Christmas markets are fantastic and Nürnberg’s Christkindlesmarkt is Germany’s most famous and draws the biggest crowds of any in the nation. We thoroughly enjoyed walking around the ornament stalls while drinking Glühwein (mulled wine) in very frigid temperatures. The fantastic Kaiserburg Castle sits on a hill offering a dramatic view of Nuremberg, is quintessentially Europe and absolutely majestic covered in snow or draped in sunshine.
If you don’t have time for the Dürer museum, the museum shop, Museumsladen and Albrecht-Dürer-Haus offers a wonderful insight into Nuremberg’s rich past. This former butcher shop is adorned with original tiles that date back to the 18th century, making it very worthwhile to swing in for a look. And this family-run business is not just a great place for those looking for Durer or Renaissance souvenirs, it’s also worthwhile for picking other mementos of your lovely visit to the capital of Franconia.
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Looks fabulous and I loved Berlin so I am sure I would enjoy Nuremberg, I am not so sure about the snow, European winters are too cold for this Aussie.
Yes European winters can be rough on Aussies who are used to sunny skies and warmer temps. It can be bitterly cold in Central Europe but seeing snow covered castles and medieval rooftops is something you should see once in your lifetime if you can afford to…Then again nice beers in the sun in Nuremberg is more relaxing than battling harsh temps 🙂
We’re hoping to make it back to Nürnberg this year. I’ve only been once, and it was just for a few hours, but it is a beautiful city. Now to figure out if a summer or winter visit is best.
I didn’t realize the fat content in Bratwurst was regulated.
Hey Ann, summer and winter in Nuremberg are both great! We have awesome memories of both visits. Partaking in the Christmas markets and then being on hand for close friends’ wedding was really special. If you visit in winter go for the Christmas market!
And I love the quality control in German food! Amazing that the fat content in brats is regulated. I wish the USA would regulate food better so more Americans received higher quality food. That’s bad for the bottom line of big companies though.
Been there, seen that! Nurnberg was 1 of my favorite towns my mann und I visited while living in Germany. Good people and unique culture. It was extra special to us because our 1st born, our son was born there. If we ever get the chance to return, we’ll go in a heartbeat!
Hi Kim, Nuremberg is also one of our favourites! How lovely your son was born there, we really hope that you get the chance to return back there some day soon! I’m sure it would be amazing for him to visit.