The 35- meter high tower of the Nuremberg Castle rules the city skyscape. The castle has served as a royal residence for nearly a millenium, since 1050, and stands proud as one of the oldest surviving medieval castles on the continent. A guided tour rewards visitors with great views from the tower and the chance to walk the ancient passages, stables, rooms, and chapel.
Auf der Burg 13, D-90403 Nürnberg, Germany, +49 911 2446590
Not all history is glorious, but all history needs to be acknowledged and remembered. The Documentation Center –Nazi Party Rally Grounds walks visitors through the darkest period in the country’s history – the Nazi regime and the Holocaust. The exhibit titled Fascination and Terror is probably the most hard-hitting. Visitors are bound to emerge after the tour with a deeper understanding of Nazism and the role of Nuremberg in WWII.
Bayernstraße 110, 90478 Nuremberg, Germany, +49 0911 2317538
The Germanisches Nationalmuseum houses an unrivaled 1.2 million items relevant to German art and culture. Expect to spend several hours perusing a vast assortment of historical documents, seals, parchments, musical instruments, paintings, artifacts, photos, and more.
Kartäusergasse 1, D-90402 Nürnberg, Germany, +49 911 13310
A stroll along the Nuremberg walls is like a walk through history. Many of the town’s walls date back to the 14th and 15th centuries, while some were built later, and all of them have been impeccably maintained. The walls are punctuated by several gates and towers. From the Fürther Tor, you can get a great view of the city walls along with the castle, adding up to a perfect photo opportunity.
Legendary German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer resided in this house from 1509 till he breathed his last in 1528. His house is now a museum that lovingly preserves his life’s work. Walk in to see copies of some of his most notable work, especially his famous maps.
Albrecht-Dürer-Straße 39, 90403 Nürnberg, Germany, +49 0911 2312568
Between November 20, 1945 and October 1, 1946, in Nuremberg’s Palace of Justice, leaders of the Nazi regime were put on trial for their war crimes. These trials were not only immensely significant back then, but also prompted the rewriting of criminal laws, the effects of which are relevant even today. On the top floor of this building, the Nuremberg Trials Memorial (Memorium Nürnberger Prozesse) is housed, which documents the importance of the Nuremberg trials.
Zum Guldenen Stern is one of the rare restaurants in the world that have earned the status of a must-visit tourist attraction. They have been delighting patrons with their sausages since 1419, and their popularity has only increased over the centuries. Dig into an authentic German meal of sauerkraut and bratwurst at this historic restaurant to add the perfect icing to your Nuremberg stopover.
Zirkelschmiedsgasse 26, 90402 Nürnberg, Germany, +49 0911 2059288
Turm der Sinne (Tour of the Senses) is a science museum geared towards the curious minds of children and adolescents. It explains the concept of human perception through interactive displays and a hands-on approach. The concept of the museum is truly one of a kind.
Spittlertorgraben, Ecke Mohrengasse, 90429 Nürnberg, Germany, +49 0911 99288715
If you are traveling with kids, Playmobil Fun Park a few miles outside Nuremberg is an absolute must-visit. This Playmobil-doll themed amusement park has fun rides, play areas, treasure hunts, climbing frames, go karts, and special shows. If your kids don’t seem to get enough of the park, you can plan on spending the night at the PLAYMOBIL-Hotel.
Brandstätterstraße 2-10, 90513 Zirndorf, Germany, +49 911 96661455
Schöner Brunnen is a beautifully restored fountain built in the 14th century that graces Nuremberg’s Hauptmarkt (main market). This attractive spire is built in Gothic style and is 19 meters high. Look closely at the 40 figurines that adorn the fountain. Each represents the Holy Roman Empire. Also, spin the brass rings on the fence for good luck.
Hauptmarkt, 90403 Nürnberg, Germany, +49 911 23360
This fountain is so fascinatingly lurid and grotesque that you can’t tear your eyes off it. The sculptures, inspired by the writings of medieval poet Hans Sachs, depict six interpretations of marriage (from dating to fights till death). The Ehekarussell (Marriage-Merry-Go-Round) has been an object of criticism ever since it was unveiled in 1984.
If you are interested in learning about German industrial history and culture, Museum of Industrial Culture is sure to fascinate you. Housed in a former screw factory, this museum displays objects pertaining to the history of industrialization, factory-building, technology, and more.
Äußere Sulzbacher Str. 62, 90491 Nürnberg, Germany, +49 911 2313875
If the walls of the Roman Catholic Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) could talk, they would tell you stories of wars, devastation, and prayers they have witnessed since 1352. Every day at noon, visitors assemble in front of the church to enjoy a performance by the mechanical figures of the Männleinlaufen, an old clock above the porch of the church. The interior of the church is as stunning as its exterior.
Hauptmarkt, 90403 Nürnberg, Germany, +49 0911 206560