In the heart of Bavaria, Germany’s second-largest city of Nuremberg once served as the center of the Holy Roman Empire. Much of the city’s medieval architecture remains. Its Imperial Castle, which once housed Roman Emperors, is now partly used as a youth hostel. Times have clearly changed; yet, much of the region’s tumultuous history remains in the hearts and minds, art and architecture.
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The renowned Germanic National Museum showcases the works of Albrecht Dürer, Lucas Cranach the Elder and other German artists. Its monastery contains some of the city’s impressive pre-World War II statues.
The Castle of Nuremberg offers a peak into the middle ages. While it is truly impressive; its views, overlooking the Old City, are even more so. Nuremberg’s medieval Old Town offers a wide range of sites, such as the enchanting Toy Museum, which includes a world-renowned exhibit of the world in miniature.
Traditional artisans set up colorful shops in north Old Town. The city of Nuremberg is a shopper’s paradise and history lover’s dream come to life.
What To Do
Shop for souvenirs and local handicrafts at the popular Handwerkerhof market. Sample some of the city’s tasty miniature bratwursts or sweet Lebkuchen, soft gingerbread cookies.
Explore the city’s churches, homes and bridges, stunning examples of the area’s medieval architecture. Visit the restored Gothic-style St. Lorenz Church, with its impressive design and organ. View the home of renowned German Renaissance painter Albrecht Dürer, which he occupied from 1509 to 1528.
Roam through the impressive 11th century Castle of Nuremberg, with its royal palace and lush gardens.
Kids, and those who love them, will enjoy the delightful Toy Museum in the heart of Old Town.
Explore some of the city’s myriad art collections and the imposing Kaufmannshaus, built by a merchant form the Netherlands, Philipp van Oyri, during the mid-16th century, which was later transformed into a residential palace. The site is currently a museum.
When to Go
Nuremberg is most popular during late spring and summer, when the air is warm and outdoor activities, events and festivals are plentiful throughout the city. Early spring and late fall offer surprisingly good weather and fewer crowds. Cold winter weather encourages more indoor cultural pursuits, from museums to theatre. Those looking for winter adventure in the great outdoors can ski in the amazing Alps and Bavarian Forest.