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One day in Nuremberg

Nuremberg is a small, walkable city in Germany, filled with history and culture. Easily accessed by plane and train, visitors in the area should make a Nuremberg day trip a priority. Whether you’re interested in learning more about this history in museums, walking the streets to get a feel for what it used to be like or want to do that all while snacking on traditional Bavarian food, this city is perfect. This guide has everything to do, see and eat with one day in Nuremberg.

The city itself is like a timeline – a mix of modern, middle ages and important 20th-century history. The dominant feature of the city is the castle, bringing visitors back over a thousand years to Roman emperors. It was home to the Nuremberg Trials, where in 1945 and 1946 crimes from the Holocaust were brought to court in front of international judges.

Since the trials, the city has remained a beacon for human rights, in 2000 becoming the first city to be awarded the UNESCO Award for Human Rights Education and continues to do leading work against discrimination.

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what to do with one day in nuremberg

One day in Nuremberg – overview

Nuremberg is the perfect city for a day trip. It is small enough to walk pretty much everywhere, but there is still enough to do and see to easily fill a day. It is Bavaria’s second biggest city, which means it is fairly small at half a million people. There is a lot of culture and history, the good, the bad and the evil included, as well as green areas and a river running right through the center. It was heavily bombed during World War II, but a lot of buildings have been restored to their original beauty. All these make it the perfect place for any type of visitor.

Dokumentationszentrum (Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds) Nuremberg

Getting into Nuremberg

Nuremberg has an international airport with a great connection into the city via subway train (~€3 one way). A taxi ride into the city center is €10-15, so also very affordable. If you arrive via train (from Munich or Frankfurt for example), you are literally in the middle of the city already. As the city center is rather small, you can easily walk everywhere. If you arrive with a car, I strongly recommend parking outside the old city wall as it is not easy to navigate the center with lots of pedestrian areas and one-way streets.

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Things to do in Nuremberg in a day

As mentioned, the city is easily navigable and explored by foot. You can get around to everything mentioned here following the guide and map. If you have extra time, it’s recommended to spend it in the museums and making this into a two-day itinerary.

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A sightseeing walk through old town Nuremberg

I would recommend starting the day with a coffee in one of the prettiest squares in Nuremberg, the Trödelmarkt on a small island in the river Pegnitz. There are a few cute cafés with some of the best coffee in town. From there walk across the Henkersteg and along the river to the Kettensteg, a small bridge crossing the river. Along this walk, you will find some of the most photogenic spots in the city.

Weißgerbergasse tanner road nuremberg

Imperial Castle of Nuremberg

Next walk up Weißgerbergasse (Tanner’s road); the most beautiful road in town with lots of original or restored half-timber houses. From there it is only a short walk up to the Imperial Castle, which is a must see! It has been around for about 1000 years and used to be one of the residences of the Holy Roman Emperors. The view over the city is fantastic, and for those interested in history, there is a museum showcasing lots of artifacts from the middle ages. If you visit in spring, summer or fall, make sure to pay the castle gardens a visit and find the entrance into the city wall to enjoy a unique view across one of Nuremberg’s nicest squares. See below for how you can stay in the castle grounds overnight.

Insider tip: For the best photo op of the castle go to the top level of the Adler parking garage!

nuremberg castle on nuremberg day trip

Main market (and Christkindles during the holidays)

Your next stop should be the Hauptmarkt (Main market), a huge market square in the center. It hosts a farmer’s market Monday-Saturday and in December the world famous Christkindles Markt. You can find the Frauenkirche (Church of our Lady) there, which is worth a visit and in the opposite corner a golden fountain which is said to grant a wish to those who turn a brass ring in the surrounding fence 3 times.

christkinles market nuremberg

Learn about the interesting history of Nuremberg

For those interested in the Nazi history of Nuremberg there are 2 main options: the Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds or the Nuremberg Trials Memorium.

You could take the tram line 6 or 8 to Dokuzentrum and either head to the Dokumentationszentrum (Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds), a museum hosting an exhibition aptly named “Fascination and Terror” about the causes and consequences of the Nazi rule in the early 20th century. You might want to bring some extra time though to look at the building itself as well as the surrounding area, which used to be the rally grounds for the Nazi party back in the day.

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Dokumentationszentrum (Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds) Nuremberg

Alternatively check out the Memorium Nürnberger Prozesse (Memorium Nuremberg Trials), an exhibition about the time after the war, when the major players under Hitler were sentenced to either death or long prison stays in Nuremberg. The exhibition is located in the still active Palace of Justice and really worth a visit.

memorium nuremberg trials
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For a bit of older history in a lively display, visit the Handwerkerhof, a live museum next to the main train station. Its unique location in the old city weaponry fits well with the theme of medieval crafts like pottery or leatherwork. During summer, there is also a small beer garden attached to the area, an awesome place for people watching while enjoying a cold drink.

Handwerkerhof Nuremberg day trip

What to taste in Nuremberg in a day

Located in the middle of the Bavarian region, Nuremberg is a great place to get traditional food and drink (beer). The food is hearty and filling, so plan when you want to be walking and when you want to have a nice, big meal. And don’t skip the sweets. Great places to try everything are below (and on the map), but if you have time, you might want to try this food tour or Nuremberg food tour and cooking class.

Bratwurst

At least within Germany, this is probably the best-known thing about Nuremberg, the little Nürnberger Bratwürstchen. You can get them at almost every street corner as 3 im Weckla, served in a bun with or without Sauerkraut. Or you can go to one of the traditional Bratwurst restaurants like Bratwurst Röslein or Zum Gulden Stern.

bavaria bratwurst things to do in nuremberg

Gingerbread

The Nuremberger gingerbread, or lebkuchen in German, is another classic. It is considered a “Christmassy” treat, but in Nuremberg, you can buy it year-round. There are quite a few gingerbread bakeries, and the question which has the best is quite controversial with locals. My favorite kind is with a thin sugar coat, no chocolate. But especially during Christmas time, you can find them with pink glaze, white chocolate and many more options.

lebkuchen gingerbread nuremberg

Schäufele

Another traditional meal is schäufele. It is oven-baked pig’s shoulder, mostly served with potato dumplings and Sauerkraut or red cabbage. The best places to eat it is the Schäufelewärtschaft, but please be aware, you will probably not feel like walking around much after you’re done eating!

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schäufele roast pork shoulder nuremberg

Beer

Recently, craft beer breweries are popping up everywhere in Germany and Nuremberg is no exception. The Bavarian region is traditionally known for its beers, but with this influx, it’s becoming really hard to choose. The best places to try good local beer are the Bieramt or Mr. Kennedy.

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oktoberfest in nuremberg

Where to stay in Nuremberg

Whether or not you’re on a budget, the coolest location to spend the night is the Nuremberg Youth Hostel within the Imperial Stables, part of the castle. From the rooms, you enjoy the best view over the whole city, which alone make it worth staying. It was established in 2013, so everything is very modern and new. They have 2-6 bed rooms, so you can easily get some privacy.

Otherwise, there are lots of options around the main train station for any budget, from Motel One to Le Meridien Grand Hotel. Or, if you need to catch an early flight, the Mövenpick Hotel at the airport is a good option.

Motel One

Le Meridien Grand Hotel

Movenpick Hotel Nurnberg

Other options to stay in Nuremberg:

Nuremberg day tours

If you prefer to do any of the above with guides, or book in advance, here are some great options.

  • Viator offers Nuremberg tours starting at about $12, and also have a range from short options to full day and private tours.
  • GetYourGuide lets you book anything in Nuremberg from food and cooking tours to full day guided tours.
  • If you want something food-focused, Eat the World has options in Nuremberg.

 

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Nuremberg is a small, walkable city in Germany, filled with history and culture. Easily accessed by plane and train, visitors in the area should make a Nuremberg day trip a priority. Whether you're interested in learning more about this history in museums, walking the streets to get a feel for what it used to be like or want to do that all while snacking on traditional Bavarian food, this city is perfect. This guide has everything to do, see and eat with one day in Nuremberg.Nuremberg is a small, walkable city in Germany, filled with history and culture. Easily accessed by plane and train, visitors in the area should make a Nuremberg day trip a priority. Whether you're interested in learning more about this history in museums, walking the streets to get a feel for what it used to be like or want to do that all while snacking on traditional Bavarian food, this city is perfect. This guide has everything to do, see and eat with one day in Nuremberg.Note: This post contains affiliate links and features sponsors. My opinions and advice remain my own. For more information on affiliates and sponsors of How Dare She, click here.

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Eva Westerling

Eva found her love for travel early through books and stories about faraway places. She likes to travel the less touristy areas of the world like deserts and countrysides and combines this with activities like horse riding or hiking. She loooves food and connecting to the locals. She is always eager to learn something new, languages, recipes or activities. Eva documents her travels on the blog Not scared of the Jetlag.

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