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Nuremberg

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Castle with "Heimlicher Wächtergang", Sinwell Tower and Walpurgis Chapel
old town, view from west

Nuremberg (German: Nürnberg) is a city in Franconia; it is Franconia's largest city, which makes it the economic, social and cultural center of Franconia. It is situated on the Pegnitz River and the Main-Danube Canal. It is located about 170 kilometers north of Munich with a population of around 510,000 it is the second-biggest city in the Bundesland Bavaria and the biggest city in the region of Franconia. The town is also the center of the Metropolitan Region Nuremberg.

Understand[edit]

When people think of Nuremberg, they usually think of gingerbread, toys, Christmas, the Reich Party Rally Grounds or the Nuremberg Trials (see World War II in Europe and Holocaust remembrance). But the old town of Nuremberg in the shadow of the towering imperial castle is more than that. 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. In medieval and early modern times, Nuremberg was a rich center for trade and early industry and the first railway in what is now Germany was not built to link Nuremberg and Fürth by mere chance. Despite World War II destroying much of it, the former wealth is still visible. And with its position on the crossroads of two major Autobahn and railway routes, the old saying "Nürnberger Tand geht in alle Land" (stuff from Nuremberg goes everywhere) still rings true.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

1 Nuremberg Airport (NUE IATA), +49 911-93700. (officially Albrecht Dürer Airport Nürnberg), Getting from the airport to the city is no problem. The U2 subway line directly connects Nuremberg Airport with the central train station thus providing access to Nuremberg's city center in about 12 minutes only. The International Airport has been awarded the renowned Business Traveller Award for being the ‘Best German Airport’ in 2009. Nuremberg Airport is the tenth busiest in Germany. However its selection of international destinations is fairly limited and if you are arriving from further away you will most likely have to connect through at least one other airport, making a flight to a more major airport (see below) and a train ride from there often the better option. Air Berlin used to have a secondary hub at NUE, but now only offers flights to Düsseldorf and Berlin-Tegel, whereas Germania and Ryanair are expanding their presence as of 2017. Like most German airports, NUE also offers seasonal charter flights to holiday destinations in the Mediterranean.

If you are arriving from further away, the German hubs of Frankfurt (FRA IATA) or to a lesser degree Munich (MUC IATA) might offer more direct and /or cheaper connections. Both airports are well connected to the railway system, with Frankfurt even having its own ICE stop, with travel time of around 2h25 and Munich having some though rarer direct bus connections - otherwise you need to take the commuter rail (S-Bahn) to the central station and change to the ICE or RE there (travel time around 2 hours for both variants). For information on combined offers for rail tickets and flights see here, otherwise you could try to book a ticket in advance for reduced price, however they are tied to the precise train and connection boked and if you miss your train (even if the cause was a delayed flight) you'll have to buy a new ticket and won't get a refund.

By train[edit]

As 2 Nuremberg Main Station is a regional transportation hub, excellent connections are offered to almost everywhere with ICE service to Munich (roughly one hour), Leipzig (the track is being upgraded and faster connections will be available by December 2017), Würzburg, Frankfurt and all major towns along those routes. Sadly, the connection to Prague is in a very bad state, so the bus connection offered by Deutsche Bahn is actually faster than the train. If you are travelling to Munich on a budget, note that while ICE service is a bit faster, it is also significantly more expensive unless booked well in advance, and regional trains on this route, which can be accessed with discount regional tickets like the Bayern ticket, are the fastest in the country at about 200 km/h top speed.

The main train station itself is located right next to the old city, which is a stroll away (if you want to avoid the confusing traffic-situation, go through the tunnel of the U-Bahn station). Nürnberg is also the heart of the second biggest Verkehrsverbund by area in Germany - the VGN, which means you can get integrated tickets for all modes of transit except long distance (ICE and IC) trains as far north as Bayreuth or Bamberg - tickets are valid on virtually every bus, tram, subway and regional train (including S-Bahn) in the whole area and group or day tickets for long distances can be very well worth the price even if single trips within a city or from a city to adjacent suburbs can be somewhat expensive.

By car[edit]

Nuremberg is connected to the major German "Autobahn" network (A3, A6, A73, A9). The traffic in the area, town and parking areas is controlled by the biggest dynamic traffic guidance system (Dynamisches Verkehrsleitsystem) in Europe.

By ship[edit]

The Port of Nuremberg is located about 6 km southwest of the old town and Main Railway Station. During the year, over 500 cruise ships stop in Nuremberg.

By bus[edit]

The main bus station is located near the main train station. Starting in 2012 the German domestic bus market was liberalized with new connections opening almost daily. While not as fast or comfortable as trains services are usually cheaper (although with a new service and an unconsolidated market, expect prices to rise in the near future) and some extras such as free Wi-Fi (not always working, not necessarily very fast and sometimes unavailable without prior notice) are included. A service to consider for its speed compared to trains is the bus to Prague operated by Deutsche Bahn without any intermediate stops. Flixbus has all but cornered the market.

Get around[edit]

The old town is best explored on foot. To get from one part of the old town to another by car or public transport, you will often have to leave the old town and reenter it at a different gate.

By public transport[edit]

Semi geographic representation of rail based public transit in Nuremberg

Nuremberg is one of only four German cities to have an actual U-Bahn (unlike Cologne or Frankfurt which put part of their tram underground and call it Stadtbahn or U-Bahn) and the three line system forms the backbone of public transit in the city. You may still find Lines 11 and 21 on older signage, but those are basically just shorter runs along lines 1 and 2 respectively. Line 3 was the first subway line in the world to have automatic trains in mixed operation with driver operated trains, as it shares infrastructure with other lines. While the original plan in the 1960s and 70s was to shut down all Straßenbahn (streetcar or tram) services once the U-Bahn was fully built out and replacing those where subway would be too expensive with buses, the decision was reversed and the network has expanded in the 2010s and is planned to undergo further expansion in the future. There are five lines, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 9 with no line 7 and the numbers one to three instead used for the subway lines. While the S-Bahn is mostly designed to be a commuter rail option for the greater metropolitan area, it can also be used for some trips within the city and is fully integrated into the fare network. The few places that cannot be reached by rail based transit are easily accessible by buses. All transit (bus, U-Bahn. S-Bahn and Straßenbahn) are integrated into the VGN network and you will only need one ticket for your trip no matter how many transfers or different modes are involved. Single tickets can be quite expensive, but if you travel a lot day or week tickets can be good value.

By car[edit]

In short: don't!. Traffic in Nuremberg is notoriously complex and congested and the good public transport makes it unnecessary to drive in almost all cases. The old town is particularly bad for cars, as it was obviously not designed for automotive travel. The city has decided for a "loop solution" (Schleifenlösung in German) which means that if you want to get from one point of the old town to another, you will most likely have to exit and reenter on a different "loop". That being said, Nuremberg does boast one of the most extensive and modern traffic and parking directing systems that can guide the mass of cars through the congestion and to a free parking space even during especially well patronized events.

Accessibility[edit]

On the website “Mobile in Nuremberg” you will find information about the accessibility of various facilities in Nuremberg. The website wheelmap.org is also very helpful for finding wheelchair accessible places in Nuremberg (and Germany in general). A list of wheelchair accessible public toilets is provided here.

The public transport network in Nuremberg is mostly accessible for people with disabilities. All subway stations are equipped with elevators. Here you can find a list of elevators currently out of service. There is a small height difference of 8 to 13 cm between the subway trains and the platforms. On the lines U2 und U3, every train is equipped with an automatic ramp on every door, so boarding is easy for wheelchair users. On the line U1 there are mostly older vehicles in service, which do not offer ramps. Therefore wheelchair users should enter at the door next to the driver’s cabin, so that the driver is able to help if assistance is needed. All tramway and bus lines are serviced exclusively by wheelchair accessible vehicles. Further information about the accessibility of the public transport network is provided here.

By bike[edit]

While Nuremberg is by no means as bike friendly as its neighbor Erlangen, it does have a bike share system. You can sign up for a membership for 12€ and get 9€ as your initial account balance. You can either pay 48€ per year (4€ per month) for the first half hour for free and 50 cent for every following half hour or pay no recurring fees but 1€ per half hour. Memberships are honored by every nextbike subsidiary throughout Germany.

See[edit]

For €21 visitors spending at least one night in Nuremberg, Fürth, Erlangen or Schwabach is able to purchase the "Nürnberg Card." It includes free admission to 49 museums and attractions and free travel on all public transport services in Nuremberg and Fürth. You also get 10 to 15 percent discounts on purchases in many shops. Seven theaters, ranging from children's theater to cabaret to travesty revues, offer attractive 10 to 20 percent discounts. Europe's largest IMAX cinema in the CineCittà Nuremberg offers the most current films - and lowers the entrance price. [1]

Map of Nuremberg's Old Town (Altstadt), click to enlarge.
Weinstadel
Heilig Geist Spital
Henkersteg

Old Town[edit]

Nuremberg's old town is divided by the river Pegnitz. The northern half is called Sebalder Alstadt, the southern Lorenzer Altstadt.

  • Castle, +49 911 24 46 59-0. Every day Apr-Sep 09:00-18:00, Oct-Mar 10:00-16:00. The castle dominates the north-western corner of Nuremberg's old town. In the west (on the right, when coming from the city) the castle starts with Luginsland tower. Between it and the five-cornered tower is the Kaiserstallung. It was built in 1495 in only one year and served originally as a storehouse for grain. Today it is used as a youth hostel. The five-cornered tower was constructed before 1050 and is the oldest building of the castle and city. Further east are the entry to the castle garden and the castle gate. Through the castle gate one gets to the Freiung, where you can enjoy one of the best views of the old town. If you want to look further you can climb the round tower (Sinwellturm) in the first court of the castle. There you also find the deep well (Tiefer Brunnen). In the main court is the Kemenate on the right and the Palas on the left side. The Palas houses the castle museum, further rooms including the two-story chapel can be seen on a guided tour. The guided tour offered by the Castle is only in German. However, another company offers English and other language tours of the town and castle for € 8-10. Information is available inside the Tourist Information Center in the Market Square, where the tour starts. € 6 (Museum, guided tour, Sinwellturm and Tiefer Brunnen. Outside areas free.).
  • City Walls. Originally Nuremberg's city wall had a length of five kilometers and five gates: Laufer, Spittler-, Frauen-, Neu- und Tiergärtner Tor. From the 13th to the 16th century the wall was continuously strengthened and is one of the reasons why the city withstood all attacks during this time. Nearly four kilometers of the wall are still standing. Only on the east side between the main station and Rathenauplatz are large gaps. The city moat, which was never filled with water, still exists in its full wide for about two kilometers. Between Färbertor and Spittlertor (Plärrer) you should avoid the inner side of the wall, as it runs along Nuremberg's red light district.
  • Castle Quarter (Burgviertel). Numerous old buildings here survived the war. The street Fuell with its sand stone houses is a typical merchant's street. The craftsmen lived in timber-framed houses, many of which have been restored in Weissgerbergasse. More timber-framed houses can be seen in Obere and Untere Kraemersgasse. In Untere Kraemersgasse 16 you can often look into the tiny courtyard.
  • St Sebald Church (Sebalduskirche). Built from the 13th to 15th century. In the center of the church is the grave of the city saint, depicting scenes of his life.
  • St Lawrence Church (Lorenzkirche). Built from the 13th to 15th century. Among its many treasures are the Tabernacel by Adam Kraft and the Greeting Angels by Veit Stoss.
  • Nurembergs Underworld (Nürnberger Felsengänge), Bergstraße 19, +49 911 22 70 66, e-mail: . For many hundreds of years, the sandstone bedrock of Nuremberg's castle hill has been riddled with vaulted cellars and "secret" passageways. Rock-Cut Beer Cellars, Casemates, Water Supply Conduits. The total area today is 20,000 m2.
  • Art Bunker (Kunstbunker), Obere Schmiedgasse 52, +49 911 22 70 66, e-mail: . Visits of the World War II Art Bunker are only possible in the course of a guided tour. Daily guided tour, in German, at 14:30 (Fri/Sat also at 17:30) In addition to regular guided tours the Association of Friends of Nuremberg Rock Cellars organizes guided tours for groups of up to 25 people by special arrangement. These tours are also available in English, French, Italian, Spanish and Czech.
  • Way of Human Rights (Straße der Menschenrechte). A monumental outdoor sculpture, opened on 24 October 1993. It is sited on the street between the new and old buildings of the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, connecting Kornmarkt street and the medieval city wall.
  • Nuremberg Exhibition Centre (Nürnberg Messezentrum), Messezentrum, D-90471 Nürnberg, +49 911-8606-0. The Nürnberg Exhibition Center is relatively new. The exhibition center offers over 160,000 m² of display area in twelve halls grouped around the central park.

Suburbs[edit]

Kongresshalle Nuremberg at the Reichsparteitagsgelände
  • St. Johannis. The old suburb west of the old town is best seen on a 30-minute walk from Tiergärtnertor to Hallertor. Still within the walls, the house opposite Dürerhaus is called the house of Pilate. It is the start of the way to St. Johns church, with stations of the cross made by Veit Stoss. Follow this way through the gate, across the main street and turn left. At the next street (Burgschmietstraße), turn right and follow it until it joins Johannisstraße which leads us along a few remaining timber-framed houses to St. John's cemetery. Many famous citizens of Nuremberg are buried here. After visiting the cemetery, turn right into Lindengasse, then left into the small alley called Riesenschritt. Here are the entrances to some restored baroque gardens. These small gardens are called Hesperidengaerten. At the lower end of Risenschritt you may wander through the romantic lanes of Gross- and Kleinweidenmuehle. Finally walk through the park along the river back into the city.
  • Nazi party rally grounds (Reichsparteitagsgelände), Bayernstraße 110 (Tramway #9 (from main station) or #6 (from Plärrer) or bus #36 (from Hauptmarkt) to Doku-Zentrum, or S-Bahn Line 2 to Dutzendteich (on the S-Bahn map, it looks like other lines go to this stop, but they are express trains which do not stop at Dutzendteich)). Soon after they came to power in 1933 the Nazis designated Nuremberg as place for their annual party rallies. To demonstrate their power they planned a set of gigantic buildings. Only a fraction of these were actually built, including a colossal Congress Hall (Kongresshalle) and the reviewing stand at the Zeppelin field. The actual rally grounds cover a large area, if you want to tour the area plan to spend one or two hours. It is advisable to start with a visit of the Documentation Center (museum in the stadium wall - see Museums below). In regards to the Große Straße, unless you want a long walk there is nothing really interesting to see other than a modern long road. A couple of industrial businesses are located along the road, as well as a couple of footpaths for wooded trails around the lake. regular 5€ reduced 3€ audioguide included.
  • Zoo (Tiergarten), Am Tiergarten 30 (Tramway #5 (from main station) to Tiergarten), +49 911 54546. Every Day, Summer 08:00-19:30, Winter 09:00-17:00.. The Nuremberg Tiergarten is one of the most beautiful zoos in Europe. Located in a beautiful landscape on the Schmausenbuck Hill in the Nuremberg borough Zerzabelshof (Zabo). The Tiergarten get on the top of media interest, when the polar bear baby Flocke (Snowflake) were born in December 2007. The zoo is set in old quarries in the large forest at the eastern edge of the city. Adult €13.50, child € 6.5, adult with Bahnpass € 11.50, child with Bahnpass € 4.8 Family with one adult €18, Family with 2 adults €31.50.
  • Dolphinarium (Delphinarium), Am Tiergarten 30 (Tramway #5 (from main station) to Tiergarten), +49 911 54546. Monday through Friday: 11:00, 14:00 and 16:00, On weekends and Bavarian Holidays: 11:30, 14:30, 16:00 (if needed at 13:00). The Dolphinarium is located inside the Nuremberg Tiergarten. In 2011 the dolphin lagoon will display the first outdoor pool for dolphins in Germany. Adult € 4,50, child €2.00, child with Bahnpass €1.50' Families €10.50..
  • Kraftshof Village Church, Kraftshof (Tramway #9 (from main station) or #4 (from Plärrer) to Thon. Change there to bus #31). In the middle ages only towns had the right to build a wall, villages were unprotected against raiding troops. Therefore many villages built walls around the church yard. Kraftshof is a good example. From Kraftshof it is a 30 minutes stroll to Neunhof.
  • Neunhof Manor, (Schloss Neunhof), Neunhofer Hauptstraße (Tramway #9 (from main station) or #4 (from Plärrer) to Thon. Change there to bus #31). Easter-Sept Sa, Su 10:00-17:00 (closed in winter). Nuremberg's patricians had numerous manor houses in the surrounding villages. This is a good example, built in the 16th century. Adjoining is a small baroque garden. The castle remains closed for renovation in 2013 and 2014

Museums[edit]

Transportation Museum
  • 1 Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Kartäusergasse 1 (Subway #2, stop Opernhaus), +49 911 13310. Tu, Th-Su 10:00-18:00, W 10:00-21:00. One of the largest museum of art and crafts in the German-speaking countries, with a collection ranging from pre-historic artefacts to 20th century art. Allow at least half a day. €8, concessions €5.
  • 2 Transportation Museum (Verkehrsmuseum), Lessingstraße 6 (Subway #2, stop Opernhaus). Tu-Fr 9:00-17:00 Sa-Su and holidays 10:00-18:00. This museum contains two collection the DB Museum (museum of the national railway) and the Museum for Communication. The railway museum displays the development of railways in Germany from the beginnings in 1835 - when the first railway connecting Nuremberg and Fürth opened - to today (with even a short look to the future of rail transport). It has a collection of historic stock and a large model railroad. Its children's areas makes it a good place to visit for families. The captions to items in the museum are only available in German though. The museum for communication displays the history of mail and telecommunications. €5, concessions €4.
  • Memorium Nuremberg Trials and Courtroom 600, Bärenschanzstraße 72 (Subway #1, stop Bärenschanze), +49 911 32179372. W-M 10:00-18:00. The exhibition informs about the Nuremberg Trials and is located at the original location of the trials. The Courtroom 600 can only be visited if no trials are held inside as the building is still the court house. €5, concessions €3 (incl. audio guide).

Museums on the municipal ticket[edit]

The following museums participate together in a single ticket program; a ticket from any one of these museums (€5 or €2.50 for students) is valid for entry at all other museums on the same day. The website for the museum cooperative provides further information.

  • 4 Albrecht Dürer's House, Albrecht-Dürer-Straße 39, +49 911 2312568. Every day 10:00-17:00 (Th -20:00, closed M Oct, Nov, Jan-Jun). The house in which the painter Albrecht Dürer lived and worked from 1509 until 1528. Representative of a wealthy house of that period. Exhibition about life in the house and the way Dürer worked. €5.
  • 5 Documentation Center at the Reich Party Rally Grounds (Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände), Bayernstraße 110 (Tramway #9 (from main station) or #6 (from Plärrer) or bus #36 (from Hauptmarkt) to Doku-Zentrum), +49 911 2315666. Monday-Friday 9:00-18:00., Saturday-Sunday 10:00-18:00. Last entry 17:00.. The Documentation Center is in the north wing of the Congress Hall of Reich Party Rally Grounds. Topics shown in the documentation centre are: How the Nazis rose to power, the organization of the party rallies - how the Nazis fascinated the masses, how the party rallies are connected to the Nazi crimes against minorities and to the world war. The audio guide (included with admission price) is highly recommended for non-German speakers (and Germans as well). €5.
  • Toy Museum (Spielzeugmuseum), Karlstraße 13-15, +49 911 2313260. Tu-F 10:00-17:00, Sa,Su 10:00-18:00 (every day during Christikindlesmarkt and toy fair). Nuremberg was one of the centres of the German toy industry. The exhibition shows wooden and metal toys, dolls and doll houses, model railways and modern toys. €5.
  • Fembohaus Citymuseum, Burgstraße 15, +49 911 2312595. Tu-F 10:00-17:00, Sa/Su 10:00-18:00. A merchant's house built about 1600. Exhibition about the history of the city. €5.
  • Museum of Industrial Culture, Äußere Sulzbacher Straße 62 (Tramway #8 from main station, direction Erlenstegen, stop Tafelwerk), +49 911 2313875. Exhibition about the industrial revolution, along a museum street you see how living conditions, social life and technology developed during the 19th century. €5.
  • 6 Museum Tucherschloss and Hirsvogelsaal, Hirschelgasse 9-11 (located in the Sebald district of the old town this is near the stops tram 8 or U2/U3 Rathenauplatz and Bus 36 Innerer Laufer Platz), +49 911 231 - 54 21 (information), +49 911 231 - 83 55 (cashier), e-mail: . Mon 10am-3pm, Thu 1pm-5pm, Sun 10am-5pm, closed on Tue, Wed, Fri and Sat - differing hours on holidays!. This castle built between 1533 and 1544 shows the life of local trading families in the 16th century, with quite some of the exhibits being original to the castle and its owner family. adults 5 Euro, reduced fee 3 Euro, with Nuremberg pass 1,50, further pricing available.

Do[edit]

Stadium Names

Ever since moving out of its (now demolished and roughly the site of the Mercado mall) former stadium at Zerzabelshof, nicknamed "Zabo", the 1.FCN has played in a partially city owned stadium called "Frankenstadion" (Franconia stadium) or "städtisches Stadion" (municipal stadium) for most of its existence. However, the trend of naming everything in sports after potent sponsors has reached Germany as well (neighboring Fürth was one of the first, naming their stadium at Rohnhof after a toy company and later a sweets company) albeit against strong protests of fans and media alike. Nuremberg's stadium thus came to be known as "easy credit Stadion" for a while, but reverted to the old "Frankenstadion" for the 2006 soccer world cup, because FIFA would not allow anything to be named after a non-official sponsor (this caused the sites that had only ever been known by various brand names to be renamed "Stadion X" with "X" being the city). The S-Bahn stop meanwhile has remained "Frankenstadion" for all this time, initially because the VGN (who operates the S-Bahn) argued that the costs of renaming would be excessive. Local media similarly refuse to use the sponsorship name as much as they can. After the initial contract ran out, the name did not revert to "Frankenstadion" but instead to "Stadion Nürnberg" before a new sponsor was found with the new name becoming "Grundig Stadion", which remained the name until 2016, when it reverted to "Stadion Nürnberg" once more as the contract expired. Throughout this, the fans of 1.FC Nürnberg increasingly lobbied to have the stadium named after perhaps the greatest player of the FCN ever, 1948 and 1961 German champion and world champion 1954 Max Morlock. Even fans of other teams have expressed support and sympathy for the name "Max Morlock Stadion" when on away games in Nuremberg. In partial recognition of these fan demands and to honor past FCN players, the blocks of the stadium were officially renamed after players including Morlock for the 2006/2007 season and have kep those names since. The naming issue is a dicey subject in local politics as not only does the FCN rely heavily on this stream of revenue, but so does the city as a part owner. However, politicians of several parties have called for the name Max Morlock Stadion to be implemented in 2017 and a crowdfunding has been started to raise the funds to make this a reality.

Events[edit]

  • Volksfest. Like a small Oktoberfest which is held twice a year, and typically attracts about 1.6 million visitors.
  • Altstadtfest. The "Old Town Festival" in September attracts over a million visitors every year, making it the largest folklore event in Germany. The festival offers a broad programme of attractions including processions and concerts. There is also plenty to taste in terms of food and drink at the 'gastronomy market' and at numerous restaurants and beer gardens on Schütt Island and Hans-Sachs-Platz.
  • Rock im Park. A three day rock event, 60,000 People, run yearly at the same time as Rock Am Ring
  • Klassik Open Air. Twice a year you can listen the "Nürnberger Philharmoniker" and the "Nürnberger Symphoniker". This event is also known as "Woodstock of classic music". Come early as because around 60,000 people attend. Free.
  • Bardentreffen. On the first weekend in the Bavarian summer holidays at the end of July 400 artists from all over the world appear on eight stages in the town for free. About 200,000 visitors attend.
  • Blaue Nacht. Blue Night – every year in May, museums, churches and other cultural institutions open their doors – until the early morning hours. Art and light installations, music and performances in Nuremberg's inner city streets invite people to stroll about, look, listen and be amazed. About 120,000 visitors are expected every year.
  • Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften. “The Long Night Of Science”, – in October many companys, the Institute of Technology, the universities are open for the public.
  • Tag der offenen Tür. “Doors Open Days”, – Every two years in October the municipality and many organisations open 3 days for the public.
  • Internationales Figurentheater-Festival. Every two years, the curtains go up in Nuremberg for Germany's biggest puppet theatre festival. About 50 ensembles from many countriess take to the stages of the conurbation and show the latest trends.
  • Christkindlesmarkt. Famous Christmas Market held every year from Friday before the first advent Sunday to 23 December. On weekends it is often overcrowded. Try arriving by public transport, as streets can get congested and congestion gets a lot worse when it snows. If you are based somewhere where public transport doesn't go, park your car at one of the outlying subway stations and take the subway, to save you the hassle of Nuremberg's inner city driving during peak congestion time.
  • Trempelmärkte. Nuremberg Flea Markets. On the second weekend in May and on the first weekend in September, Nuremberg’s Old Town transforms itself into Germany’s largest flea market with about 4,000 booths. Children have their own, at no charge area, allowing them to sell their old and not-so-old toys.
  • 1. FC Nuremberg. The "Club" was founded in 1900 and is one of the most tradition-steeped soccer clubs in Germany. The club play their Bundesliga home games in the Grundig-Stadion (formerly known as Frankenstadion, the official name is bound to change again soon as the sponsorship has run out).
  • Norisring DTM Speedweekend. Once a year world famous “Norisring”, the 200 miles from Nuremberg happens to the car race maniacs. This race track is known as "little Monaco", because they also use normal streets. Attracts over 140,000 people.
  • Radrennen "Rund um die Nürnberger Altstadt. Cycle Race “Round the Old Town” The cycle race is one of the most important events in the Nuremberg sports calendar and is a firmly fixed event for the international cycling sport. The high quality of the race circuit makes this event really standout against the many cycle races held in Germany. More than 100,000 spectators are able to watch the Nuremberger cycle race.
  • Blaulicht, Bus und Bahn. Flashing alarm lamp, bus and railway - local clubs and private museums open the doors, first weekend in May.
  • Ion - Musica Sacra. International Organ Week. Presented for the first time in 1951 by church musicians of the two major protestant churches of Nürnberg, the “Internationale Orgelwoche Nürnberg” - Musica Sacra (ION) is one of Germany's biggest and oldest festivals of sacred and organ music. Each year Nürnberg becomes the "centre of the organ universe".

Sport[edit]

  • Climbing Factory. Indoor climbing on 850 m2
  • real climbing - at Frankenjura area
  • Soccer (1. FCN). Nuremburg's second division soccer club
  • Ice Hockey - Nuremberg Ice Tigers plays in the German Elite League (DEL) . Their home games are played right next door of the FCN's stadium
  • Nürnberg Rams aka Noris Rams once one of the best American Football teams in Germany, they play (most of) their home games at Zeppelinfeld. Admission is lower than 10€ (free for children) and catering is provided by an American restaurant, including burgers and pulled pork and the atmosphere is very familiar and friendly even towards fans of opposing teams (especially compared to soccer). The season usually starts around May and is mostly done by mid September.
  • HC Erlangen technically the (olympic) handball team from Erlangen, they play all of their 2014 home games in the Arena Nürnberg due to their Erlangen venues being too small to accommodate the larger first division crowds as they managed to go up to the first tier Bundesliga for the first time prior to this season. Whether their home-games will stay in Nuremberg after 2014 is anybody's guess

Cinema[edit]

  • Biggest multiplex cinema in Germany, the CINECITTA. 18 movie theaters, one IMAX theater, one "motion action drive" cinema, three restaurants, twelve bars and five outside terraces with view on the historic town.

Buy[edit]

Nuremberg's main shopping district ist the Lorenzer Altstadt, the part of the old town south of river Pegnitz. There are three shopping streets running from the white tower (Weißer Turm) to the vicinity of St Lawrence church (Lorenzkirche): The cheapest stores can be found in Breite Gasse, in Karolinenstraße you find mid-priced stores and Kaisserstraße, next to the river, offers luxury goods. At their eastern end the three streets are connected by the street Königsstraße, which runs from the main station via St Lawrence church to the main market place. The biggest department stores, Karstadt, Galeria Kaufhof and Breuninger, are located here. On Trödelmarkt you find some small shops. At Sebalder Altstadt you find antiques, curiosities and designer shops.

Malls[edit]

  • City Point, Breite Gasse 5, 90402 Nürnberg (City)
  • mercado, Äußere Bayreuther Straße 80, 90491 Nürnberg (North)
  • Franken-Center, Glogauer Straße 30-38, 90473 Nürnberg (South)

Outlets[edit]

  • Puma Sport, Klingenhofstr. 70, 90411 Nürnberg (North-West)

Clothing[edit]

Gothic, Dark Wave, Fetisch:

  • Crazy Fashion (for Adults only), Schweiggerstr. 30, 90478 Nürnberg (South)
  • Mac's Mystic Store, Ludwig-Feuerbach-Str. 13, 90489 Nürnberg (South)
  • Underground, Königstr. 39, 90402 Nürnberg (City)
  • Vampiria, Kappengasse 10, 90402 Nürnberg (City)

Records[edit]

  • 1 Schallplattenfachhandel USG6, Untere Schmiedgasse 6. 3pm-8pm.
  • 2 Mono-Ton, Färberstraße 44. Mon-Fri 11am-7pm, Sat 11am-6pm.

Souvenirs[edit]

Ginger bread (Lebkuchen): Several large manufacturers and a number of small bakeries produce these. The best quality is called Elisenlebkuchen. The large manufactures sell packages labeled Bruch (broken), but they usually don't contain broken gingerbread: it is just a trick. You get them cheaper, but you can hardly use a package labeled broken as a gift.

Sausages (Nürnberger Bratwürste) are available in tin cans.

Eat[edit]

Bratwurst (roasted sausage): Within the city you get Nürnberger Bratwürste, in the surrounding area Fränkische Bratwürste. Nürnberger are only about half the size, but contain more spices than Fränkische. Consequently one typically eats three Fränkische or six Nürnberger. In restaurants Bratwürste are served with Sauerkraut or potato salad. In some better restaurants you can order also "Saure Zipfel", cooked Bratwürste in vinegar-onion sauce with fresh horseradish and bread. On the street you can also buy two or three sausages in a roll ('Drei im Weggla'). But be careful to get "real" Nürnberger and not "foreign" Thüringer Bratwürste. Nürnberger Bratwürste / Nürnberger Rostbratwürste is also protected under EU law with Protected designation of origin status.

Budget[edit]

Many food stalls and fast food restaurants can be found along Königstraße leading from the main station into the old town.

One stand is in the middle of the street perpendicular to the front of the Lorenzkirche. Several are also in Lorenzstraße (coming from the pedestrian zone, that is the street starting strait after the roundabout behind the Lorenz square. Amonst others, good places are:

  • 1 Red Curry House, Lorenzer Straße 29, +49 911 62 174 17. Mon-Sat 11:30am-8:30pm, closed on Sun and public holidays. South East Asian style food, tasty, with very good value for price small dishes starting at 4 Euros per dish.
  • 2 Suppdiwupp, Lorenzer Straße 27, +49 911 23 58 58 00. Mon-Thu 11am-6pm, Fri 11am-4pm, Sat 12pm-5pm. Great soups and hotpots served with fresh traditional style bread; the offerings change and there are not many dishes, but usually everybody should find something along her/his taste on the menu.

Mid-range[edit]

  • La Creperie du Chateau, Untere Schmiedgasse 5, +49 911 2110108. Outdoor seating in the summer, indoor restaurant year-round. A few steps doen from the Castle. Fantastic home French cuisine, made by super friendly Chef Guy Ody who cooks authentic Provence food. Very cozy dining room with just a few tables, you feel like you are in Guy's personal dining room. €10-15 per main course.
  • Wittmanns bio, Beckschlagergasse 8, +49 911 331088. 18:00-22:30. Certified organic foods. Seasonal local cuisine - Fish, beef and vegetarian dishes. Meals prepared on-demand.
  • Historische Bratwurstküche - Zum Guldenen Stern, Zirkelschmiedsgasse 26, +49 911 2059288. Restaurant in an old timber-framed house specializing in roasted sausages. Oldest sausage restaurant in the world, since 1419. Next to the main train station. € 7.50 for six sausages, €11.50 for ten.
  • Bratwursthäusle, Rathausplatz 1, +49 911 227695. M-Sa 10:00-23:00. Restaurant in the old city centre specializing in roasted sausages. You can see many tourists there. € 5.50 for six sausages.
  • Steichele, Hotel & Weinrestaurant., Knorrstraße 2-8 (subway #1/11, stop Weisser Turm), +49 911 202280, fax: +49 911 221914, e-mail: . Local cuisine. The Steichele has the opportunity to try, dink and buy selected wines from "Franken", the "Pfalz", "Südtirol" and many more producing regions of Germany.
  • s'Baggers, Am Steinacher Kreuz 28, +49 911 4779090, fax: +49 911 4779092. Fully automated restaurant with no waiters. The restaurant's only employees are the cooks. Patrons order via touchscreen (which doubles as credit card paying device), and the food is delivered via gravity from the kitchen above along steel rails.
  • Zum Spießgesellen, Rathausplatz 4, +49 911 23555525.
  • 3 Sangam Restaurant, Königstr. 83-87, +49 911 23 494 17. Mon-Sat 12pm - 11pm; Sun 1pm-11pm. tasty authentic traditional Indian cuisine
  • 4 tibet Café Restaurant, Johannisstr. 28, +49 911 3000754. Indian style food
  • 5 Mesob, Pillenreuther Straße 20, +49 157 300 65 684, +49 174 253 1531, e-mail: . Tue-Thu 5pm-12am, Fri 5pm-3am, Sat 5pm-5am, Sun 5pm-12am, Mon closed. Ethiopian and Eritrean cuisine; while the atmosphere is merely ok, the staff is friendly and the food delicious.
  • 6 Albrecht-Dürer-Stube, Albrecht-Dürer-Straße 6, +49 911 22 72 09, e-mail: . Mon-Sat 6pm-12am, Fri and Sun additionally 11:30am-2:30pm; closed on Sun in June, July & August, warm dishes until 12am. A very traditional Franconian restaurant, frequented by locals and tourists alike. It is a good choice if you want to have some hearty local food in an unpretentious atmosphere. As the venue is small and popular, it is often necessary to have an advance reservation.
  • 7 Padelle d'Italia, Theatergasse 17, +49 911 2742 130. Mon-Thu 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-11pm, closed on Sun. A place to go for for authentic Italian cuisine. It may be quite crowded and somewhat loud, but you will most probably find Italians here, too.

Splurge[edit]

  • KonTiki, Untere Wörthstraße 10-14 (subway #1/11, stop Weisser Turm), +49 911 221139. Local, Steak and Fish cuisine. Small Beergarden on the river Pegnitz.
  • Garten Kreta, Am Messehaus 20, +49 911 551464. Local,griechisch kretische kueche nordstadt.
  • 8 Würzhaus, Kirchenweg 3a, +49 911 937 34 55. Tue-Fri 11:30am-2pm, from 6pm; Sat from 6pm, Sun closed. Franconian lunch, on evenings a rather upscale à la carte offering (as of groups of 8, a special menu can be prepared)
  • 9 Essigbrätlein, Weinmarkt 3, +49 911 225 131. Tue-Sat 12pm-3:30pm, 7pm-1am, kitchen closes at 1:30pm and 9:30pm, respectively. famous gourmet cuisine

Drink[edit]

Cafés[edit]

  • 1 Kaffee Hörna, Scheurlstr. 11 (located in Südstadt), e-mail: . Mon,Wed-Fri 7:00 am - 5:00 pm; Sat-Sun 10:00 am - 5:30 pm. a tiny modern café with delicious Swedish-style cakes
  • 2 Café Wohlleben, Löbleinstraße 60 (Subway: Maxfeld; bus lines 46 and 47 to Friedenstraße), +49 911 3774620. Tue-Fri 9:00am - 6:00pm; Sat-Sun: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm. A cosy place with great cake, with the owners serving you very nicely.
  • 4 Zeitungs-Café Herrmann Kesten, Peter-Vischer-Straße 3, 90403 Nürnberg (usually entrance solely through the public library at Gewerbemuseumsplatz 4 (head to block K1); for events entrance left off the entrance of Katharinen-Rouine, you find the netrance to this place). A quiet retreat off city life, you may perfectly head here to read one of the many newspapers they offer or something you bring for yourself, for example.
  • 5 Salon Regina, Fürther Straße 64, Nürnberg (metro Gostenhof or Bärenschanze (right in the middle between the stations), bus Gostenhof West). A café at day and a nice bar with a variety of people in the early evening - good to visit during daytime or to start your evening in Gostenhof
  • 6 Johan im Zumikon, Großweidenmühlstraße 21. Wed-Sun 12pm-7pm. summer's retreat and a friendly café with cake and partly also small, fresh dishes and great ice cream
  • 7 Café Mainhaim, Bauerngasse 18 (Gostenhof). Mon-Fri 10am-10pm, Sat 9am-10pm, Sun 9am-8pm. a nice and friendly café with a lot of space and air to breathe. Provides free WiFi for guests.
  • 8 Caffé Fatal, Jagdstraße 16, +49 911 396363. daily starting at 9am. a nice caffé with small dishes and a great breakfasts buffet
  • 9 Hildes Backwut, Schloßstraße 48, +49 911 4008797. Mon-Fri 5:30am-6pm, Sat 6am-2pm. a traditional bakery with a café, where they bake delicious bread, pastry, cakes

Beer[edit]

Many great beers are made in Franconia (Upper Franconia has the largest concentration of breweries world wide) and even in the Nuremberg itself.

  • Barfüßer, Hallplatz 2 (In the basement of the historic grainery on Königstraße), +49 911 204242. A large, lively German-style beer hall, where you can have a keg delivered to your table for you to pour your own drinks. Hearty Franconian food is on the menu, and they brew their own blonde beer. € 7-12 per entree.
  • Indabahn (Blauer Adler) (West end of the Main Train Station (Hauptbahnhof)). A good, albeit relatively expensive cocktail bar, and on weekends it is also a club.
  • Cubano, Innere Laufer Gasse (northeast of the town hall). Another good cocktail bar.
  • Landbierparadies (Country Beer Paradise). At guesthouses and beer-shops operated by Landbierparadise in town, you find a collection of local beers and local food.
  • 10 Zwinger Bar, Lorenzerstraße 33 (public transport: central station (Hauptbanhof), head towards old city and just before the city wall turn right into the big street, the bar is at the next gate to the old city on the right hand side). 20:00-03:00. Famous Pub/Club in Nuremberg - Young clientele most of them Students, Artists and other Creatives. Daily changing Djing Events. Every Wednesday: dj all-nighter

Beer gardens[edit]

  • 10 Wanderer and Bieramt, Beim Tiergärtnertor 2 - 6 (located at a city square next to the "Tiergärtnertor"). Strictly speaking not a beer garden, but a place popular amongst locals as well as tourists, you can sit at the square, which becomes quite crowded on warm summer nights
  • Beer garden at Hummelstein Park
  • 11 Wiesn' Biergarten on Wörder Wiese, Wörder Wiese (located just on the Wörder Wiese). Mo-Fr 10:00-22:00; Sa 13:00-22:00; Su 10:00-22:00; Oct-Apr: off.


On the city walls:

  • 12 Marientorzwinger, Lorenzer Straße 33.
  • 11 Restaurant und Biergarten Kopernikus im Krakauer Haus, Hintere Insel Schütt 34, +49 911 2427740. summer Mon-Fri 4pm-12am, Sat, Sun, holidays 12pm-12am; winter Mon-Fri 5pm-12am, Sat, Stun, holdiays 12pm-12am. a restaurant with a special beer garden which is nicely located on the city wall and also has tables along the city wall on a wooden path used with the fortification; the building containing the restaurant is actually a cultural center connecting the region with Poland.
  • 12 Kulturgarten, Königstraße 39. daily as of 11am. located at the local cultural center Künstlerhaus

Gostenhof:

  • 13 Schanzenbräu Schankwirtschaft, Adam-Klein-Straße 27 (subway: Bärenschanze), +49 911 93 77 67 90, e-mail: . Tue-Sat 11am-1am, closed on Mondays. The beer garden of one of the hippest Nuremberg breweries. Serve delicious locally-brewed beer.
  • 13 Kulturbrauerei Lederer, Sielstraße 12.

Wine[edit]

The Franconian wine is said to be a "man's wine". Analogous to "man's chocolate" this points to a rather dry taste. Furthermore the rather harsh climate and the soil structure definitely contribute to this fact. An extravagance of the Franconian wines is their bottle. In Germany the Bocksbeutel bottle shape is generally reserved for higher-quality wines from Franconia.

Cocktails[edit]

  • 14 Gelbes Haus, Troststraße 10 (entry located on Fürther Straße, just at the subway station Gostenhof (GoHo)), +49 911 26 22 74. This is a mid-sized bar with two rooms, one with wood coated walls (which are nevertheless not "too heavy) and another one with the actual bar in it and in the style of the building; they serve a huge variety of classical, well-prepared cocktails and a good collection of spirits.

Clubs[edit]

  • Mach 1, Kaiserstraße 1 (Next to the entrance of the parking garage (Adler Parkhaus)). Nice club with good flair. They usually play House music.
  • 15 Die Rakete, Vogelweiherstraße 64, +49 911 80 15 3 15. "an institution" in electronic music, this small but nice club is known well over the region
  • 16 Hirsch, Vogelweiherstraße 66. concerts and clubbing (with a focus on electronic music), located in an industrial area in the South of Nürnberg
  • 17 Club Stereo, Klaragasse 8. a small, nice club with changing offers (music genre highly depending on what the current event is), regularly offering nice concerts, too. The club is located in the basement, and shares its entrance with the bar Vorraum which is located on ground floor.
  • 18 KulturKellerei im K4, Königstraße 93, e-mail: . rather alternative disco / concert venue located in the culture venue K4 (KunstKulturQuartier)
  • 19 MUZclub, Fürther Str. 63. a live music oriented club with a nice garden for warm summer evenings which is operated by the non-profit music supporting association "Musikzentrale Nürnberg e.V." which regularly hosts concerts ranging from local scene festivals to somewhat more well-known groups.

Sleep[edit]

For a fast room reservation service in the Nuremberg-Fuerth-Erlangen-Schwabach area, please go to the on-line room reservation request of the Nuremberg Convention and Tourist Office.

Budget[edit]

  • 1 DJH (YHA/HI), Burg 2 (in the former castle stables to the north of the old city), +49 911 2309360, fax: +49 911 23093611, e-mail: . Note that DJH/YHA/HI membership is required (or an extra fee is paid) and, as in all YHA hostels in Bavaria, persons over 27 years of age are only admitted if the hostel is not full. Linen included in price. B&B from €26.50; half board from €31.70; full board from €35.90.
  • Jugend Hotel, Rathsbergstr. 300 (near the airport), +49 911 5216092, fax: +49 911 5216954, e-mail: . Wheelchair accessible rooms, barbecue, TV-lounge, English spoken. Dorm bed, (3-6 bed) with shower/wc, from €16. Twin bed, with shower/wc €19.50. Single room, with shower/wc, from €25,50. Breakfast buffet and lunch packed €5.50..

Mid-range[edit]

In the Old City[edit]

  • 3 Hotel Elch, Irrerstr. 9 (Between Maxplatz and Sebalderplatz), +49 911 2492980, fax: +49 911 24929844, e-mail: . A small hotel in a quaint old building, located on a quiet street just a few minutes' walk from several restaurants and sights.

Near Plärrer[edit]

Just outside the southwest corner of the old city are several mid-range hotels within walking distance of many sights in the old city, and about a 20-minute walk from the Hauptbahnhof.

Next to the Main Train Station[edit]

  • Hotel Marienbad, Eilgutstraße 5, +49 911 203147, fax: +49 911 204260, e-mail: . Check-in: 14:00., check-out: 11:00.. Very nice hotel for both business and leisure travellers. Excellent location near main station and only 5 minutes away from the old town. Wonderful breakfast buffet and charming family-owned hotel. Single rooms from €69.

North of the Old City[edit]

  • 9 Acom Hotel (Accom Hotel), Leipziger Platz 22 (Between the old city and the airport, directly at the Nordostbahnhof underground station), +49 911 6505990. New budget hotel, opened 2010. Singles/doubles from €49.
  • 10 Mövenpick Hotel Nürnberg-Airport, Flughafenstraße 100 (Next to the airport.), +49 911 3501 0.
  • Hotel Metropol Nürnberg, Fürtherstrasse 338, Weststadt, 90429 (Next to Muggenhof U-bahn station, on Fürtherstrasse), +49911324390. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 11:00. Budget hotel. Spacious room with private facilities. Buffet breakfast with wide range of foods. WiFi €1 per hour. Free street parking. Double room: €47, or €61 with buffet breakfast.

South of the Old City[edit]

Stay safe[edit]

According to the state police, it has the lowest crime rate of the cities with more than 400,000 inhabitants.

Go next[edit]

  • Bamberg - Old bishop-Town - UNESCO World Heritage
  • Bayreuth - City with baroque downtown, oldest opera house in Germany and the famous annual Wagner Opera Festival
  • Erlangen - University town, famous for its Bergkirchweih (large festivity around Pentecost), its Siemens branch and its cycling culture
  • Fränkische Schweiz - Franconian Switzerland area
  • Fränkisches Seenland - lake area south-west of Nuremberg
  • Fürth - Nuremberg's neighbouring city
  • Munich - capital of Bavaria some 200 km south
  • Regensburg - one of Germany's oldest towns, founded in 179 A.D by the Roman Empire
  • Schwabach - Goldbeater town
  • Stein (Mittelfranken) - a small city to Nurembergs South-West with nice buldings related to Faber-Castel and home to world-famous pencils. Locals mostly go there due to its swimming pool.
  • Nördlingen - A beautiful medieval town in a meteorite crater surrounded by a 14th-century wall. Along the Romantic Road.
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