We planned to visit Nuremberg for years, but we always thought we will be there during its Christmas market. After all – the Christmas market in Nuremberg is known as one of the best Christmas markets in Europe. Instead of visiting Nuremberg in December, we already stopped there in May.
We spend 3 full days in Nuremberg and we could easily stay there few more. This second largest Bavarian city (the largest is Munich) offers lots of things to do and see.
Foreign visitors stop at Nuremberg mostly to stroll around the old town, which is indeed perfect for everyone interested in vibrant city life, good food, architecture and history. But there’s so much more to Nuremberg…
What are the best things to do and see in Nuremberg?
Walk around the city streets
Even though more than 90% of Nuremberg was destroyed in the WW2, everything was renovated as it was before the war, so you can still enjoy and admire the old look of the buildings. For me, the most beautiful part of the old town of Nuremberg was its half-timbered houses.
Count all the bridges
The old town of Nuremberg has full of bridges – but you for sure should not miss the most famous five, which include one suspension and one wooden bridge.
Seeing things from different perspective is always fun, so don’t forget to look up – especially when you stand under a tall church tower, which look even more spectacular that way.
Get to know the lively squares
You can never miss when visiting the squares in Nuremberg, as there’s always something going on. Sit in a cafe and enjoy the reality show in front of you or stop at the markets. If you’ll be visiting Nuremberg in December, you for sure will find yourself at the main market, where the famous Christmas market is held.
Take a sneak peek into the animals world
Nuremberg has its own city ZOO ever since 1939. There are more than 300 different animal species inside and with almost 70 hectares, the Nurnberg ZOO is one of the largest in Europe.
Enjoy the views from the Castle
Like every real city, also Nuremberg has its own castle, which offers views down the bussy city streets. Take a walk inside of the castle and try to imagne the life it once was.
Get to know the history
Nuremberg, being the second largest city in Bavaria, offers full of museums. We alo visited one – the Toys Museum, which we first thought it will be more or less for Ren, but at the end I was the one having hard time to leave. The museum also has a nice playing area in the 3rd floor – perfect on a rainny day in Nuremberg.
Tasting the local cuisine
The old town of Nuremberg has lots of local restaurants, where Bavarian specialities are being served. We really liked the food, staff and prices in the Bratwurst Roslein. The restaurant has a big outdoor garden, but also its interior is perfect to feel the local atmosphere.
Don’t even forget on the local street food – a sandwich with three small local sausages, called Drei im Weckla, meaning three in a bun. You can get it all over the old town. It is good and cheap and perfect for a snack.
Buy a souvenir
Every city is known for something and the best souvenir you can take home from Nuremberg are its Lebkuchen – similar to gingerbread. Visit a shop or two, where this yummy cookies are being baked for centuries.
Don’t close your eyes
If you ask me, everyone should get to know the history of the WW2. Did you know that the National Rally had its grounds in Nuremberg, where also rallys were held? This Documentation centre represents in detail what all was going on here and teaches you about the darker side of the city’s history.
Step into the kids world
If you are traveling to Nuremberg with kids, you should definitely spend one day in the nearby Playmobil Fun Park. This place is perfect for kids older than 3 years, but also our Ren (aged 16 months) really enjoyed there – and so did we. You can read more about the Playmobil Fun Park here.
Even though we did not visit Nuremberg during its Christmas market, as first planned, we actually enjoyed the city so much, we would not mind to come back again – hopefully the next time it really will be for the famous Christmas market.
Travel tip on where to sleep?
Now that we have our little traveler with us, it is great to have a space where you can prepare something to eat, wash his dirty clothes and still have large enough space to play and jump around. That is why, staying at the amazing Adina Apartment Hotel in the old town of Nuremberg was ideal and we would definitely recommend it to everyone, especially if traveling to Nuremberg with kids.
The location of Adina Apartment Hotel is on the outskirt of the old town, but everything can be reached on foot. The Adina Apartment Hotel also offer delicious breakfast sauna, fitness and swimming pool.
If you’ll be staying in Nuremberg for two days, visiting museums and using its public transport, we would definitely recommend you to get yourself the Nuremberg card. The card includes free entrance to all museums (including the city ZOO and the fortress) and also free rides on public transport and is valid for 48 hours. You can get more information about the Nuremberg card here.