Nuremberg is a great place to visit year round, although most visitors arrive between May and September when the weather is at its most reliable. Summer is lovely because much of life moves outdoors. Beer gardens and cafes bustle at all hours; outdoor events and festivals enliven the city's streets, squares and parks; and hiking, cycling and lake swimming are among the popular outdoor pursuits - at least as long as the weather plays along. Remember that rain is a possibility in any month.
The shoulder seasons (March to May and October to early November) can bring fewer tourists and surprisingly pleasant weather. In April and May, for instance, flowers and fruit trees are in bloom, and the weather is often mild and sunny. Indian summers that stretch well into the autumn are not uncommon.
With the exception of winter sports, activities between November and early March are likely to focus more on culture and city life. In these months, skies tend to be gloomy and the mercury often drops below freezing. On the plus side, there are fewer visitors and shorter lines.
Bavaria has plenty of ski resorts and cross-country trails in the Alps and the Bavarian Forest. Ski season usually starts in early to mid-December, moves into full swing after the New Year and closes down again with the onset of the snowmelt in March.
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This upscale hotel is set in the heart of Nuremberg, close to historic sights, museums, parks and well-known shopping streets.
Nuremberg has a random assortment of weather, day after day. It could be cold or warm, sunny or rainy, windy or tranquil - or every combination thereof.
Meteorologists blame the area's changeable weather conditions on alternating maritime and continental weather masses. Other factors include topography and altitude. There are lots of microclimates in Bavaria, so day-trippers may walk into another climate altogether. Oberstdorf in the Allgaü, for instance, is drenched by an average 1800mm of rain each year, while Nuremberg gets around 600mm.
Nuremberg is consistently cold in the winter months. Temperatures barely shift from night to daytime, dropping to just below zero overnight and rising a shade above zero during the (brief) hours of sunlight. From December through to March, expect twenty or so days below freezing each month.
Nuremberg airport, 4.3mi north of the center, is served by regional and international carriers, including Lufthansa, Air Berlin and Air France. U-Bahn 2 runs every few minutes from Hauptbahnhof to the airport (12min).
The tourist office sells Fahrrad Stadtplan, a detailed map of the city and surrounding area. It also hands out a list of bicycle-friendly hotels in town that will store bicycles for travellers. For bike hire try Ride on a Rainbow (Adam-Kraft-Strasse 55). The best transport around the Altstadt is at the end of your legs. There are also the VGN bus, tram and U-Bahn/S-Bahn networks to carry you if you're venturing outside Altstadt. Taxis are the most expensive option.
Contact the German consulate for up-to-date information on entry requirements.
Germany is a very safe country in which to live and travel, with crime rates that are quite low by international standards. Theft and other crimes against travelers occur rarely. Of course, you should still take all the usual sensible precautions, such as locking hotel rooms and cars, not leaving valuables unattended, keeping an eye out for pickpockets in crowded places and not taking midnight strolls in city parks.
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