A Weekend Guide to Nuremberg, Germany
Updated: Dec 30, 2021
Nuremberg, a German city dating back to 1050, is full of history and character! Although it incurred a tremendous amount of damage during World War II, Nuremberg was restored and still boasts beauty. I visited the city with my family a few years ago and fell in love with it! Here is a weekend guide to Nuremberg, Germany:
Where to Stay
Novotel Nürnberg Centre Ville
This hotel is in the perfect location! It's a 4 minute walk to the train station and a 5 minute walk to Nuremberg's old town. It was very moderately priced and offers rooms that accommodate up to four guests (very nice for families or groups of 3-4).
Where to Eat
My favorite place for breakfast is Casa Pane. They have a bunch of different pastries and breads, and it's super easy to go in eat a quick, light breakfast and have some tea/coffee before starting your adventure around the city
Another great place for a quick, delicious meal! I tried my first döner kebab here and I'm officially obsessed. This place is takeout only and the prices are so reasonable!
You MUST try Nuremberg Rostbratwurst sausages! They are the best bratwurst I've ever tried. The recipe for these small sausages dates back to the 1300s (it was first served at Bratwurstglöcklein in 1313) and by law, each Rostbratwurst made in Nuremberg must be made according to the original recipe. Don't forget to eat some apple strudel for dessert! Bratwurst-Glöcklein is also in a an awesome area called the Handworkerhof, which is where artisans sell their products in half-timbered houses.
Bratwursthäusle is another excellent restaurant that serves Nuremberg Rostbratwurst sausages. They phave the same food: the bratwurst (obviously), potato salad, pretzels, breads, and other amazing food!
Ps. If you order a bratwurst on brotchen (a German roll) to-go, it's cheaper 😉
La Gelateria 4D
There are so many gelato shops in Nuremberg, so it's super convenient if you're looking for a sweet treat while around the city. Although it's a chain, La Gelateria 4D is a great place to get a cold treat! It's in the center of old town and the setup of the shop makes it extremely easy to walk up, order, and enjoy!
You can find the perfect little snack at any of the Brezen Kolb stands scattered around Nuremberg's old town. Not only do they have your typical (but still delicious) pretzel with salt, they also have other types of pretzels, pretzel sandwiches, and different types of salads (regular, pasta, or couscous)!
What to Do
First mentioned in 1050, Nuremberg's Imperial Castle stands on top of a hill overlooking the city. The castle was severely damaged during World War II, but was rebuilt to be almost exactly as it was before the war. Visitors can explore the stunning castle rooms, museum, tower, and gardens!
St. Sebald Church
St. Sebald Church was built around 1215 but had to be reconstructed after WWII. It is believed that St. Sebald's remains are actually in a silver casket inside the church. Beautiful stained glass and ornate art and details are displayed in this historical stone building.
St. Lorenz Church
Another 13th century stone church, St. Lorenz, houses one of the world's largest organs. It has 12,000 pipes! Like St. Sebald Church, this church has amazing stained glass and ornate details throughout the inside and one the exterior.
Lorenzer Platz 10
Nuremberg has a 600-year-old toy making tradition and it hosts the annual International Toy Fair, so it's not surprising that the city has a toy museum. Since the museum has a collection of around 12,000 toys, old and new, visitors are able to see how toys have changed over the years. They seriously have some of the coolest (and some of the oddest) toys you'll ever see!
On weekdays, you can buy fresh flowers, fruits, veggies, breads, and lebkuchen (my favorite!!) from the hauptmarkt (the main market). The marketers are all super friendly and love telling you about their products. Markets like this are super cool because travelers are able to try things that they can't get at home. Plus, you can pretend you're a local "on your daily market run" :)