Nuremberg is a medieval city located in Bavaria in Germany. Nuremberg is an ideal place for a day trip from Munich. The journey from Munich to Nuremberg is 2 hours long.
Nuremberg is known for its medieval architecture like the Altstadt (Old Town), Kaiserburg Castle, the Hauptmarkt (central market-square), the Frauenkirche (Gothic church) and the Pegnitz River-canal (Fleisch Bridge). Other then the beautiful medievel buildings, Nuremberg is famous for its Christmas markets (in Hauptmarkt).
I was in Nuremberg for a day and was able to explore the city’s main highlights.
Pegnitz River from Fleisch Bridge
When you reach Nuremberg, you are greeted by the Fleish Bridge.
The Fleisch Bridge is a late Renaissance bridge that crosses the river Pegnitz in the center of the old town, linking the districts St. Sebald and St. Lorenz along the main market. The single-arch bridge was built in the 16th century. From the Fleisch bridge you can start exploring the city. There are small markets located parallel to this bridge.
The Frauenkirche (“Church of Our Lady”)
The Frauenkirche (“Church of Our Lady”) is a Gothic church in Nuremberg. It is located on the eastern side of the central market-square. The church has a mechanical clock (the Männleinlaufen) that commemorates the Golden Bull of 1356. The church’s balcony is used for the opening ceremony of the Christkindlesmarkt (Christmas Market).
The Hauptmarkt (central market-square)
The Hauptmarkt is the central market-square. Flowers, food stalls, hand-made items are sold in the market area. Nuremberg’s Christkindlesmarkt (Christmas Market) is located here and it draws a lot of tourists for its Christmas ornaments and delicacies.
Schöner Brunnen is the beautiful Gothic fountain in the central square in Nuremberg. It was built in the 14th century and the 40 colorful figures that adorn the fountain represent the world view of the Holy Roman Empire. The Beautiful Fountain in the market-square is a replica that was placed here in the early 20th century.
It is very beautiful to look at.
Altstadt (Old Town)
If you are like me, you will definitely like to walk around with fresh coffee and flowers in hand, in this beautiful town. The old town is covered in cobbled stone.
Nuremberg Castle or Kaiserburg Castle
Nuremberg Castle consists of fortified buildings that comprises of the historical center of Nuremberg. The castle and its fortifications are one of Europe’s most formidable medieval fortifications, depicting the power and importance of the Holy Roman Empire.
Nuremberg Toy Museum
The Nuremberg Toy Museum, as the name suggests is a toy museum. It highlights the 600 years of doll-making history. And that’s why its considered to be one of the most well known toy museums in the world. Definitely a must visit, if you love toys and if you have enough time on your hand!
City Hall of Nuremberg – Nürnberg Rathaus
Admire the City Hall of Nuremberg. This building was destroyed due to bombing in the Second World War. The Nuremberg Rathaus (town hall) was rebuilt in the late 1950s and is now a beautiful evocation of the German Renaissance. Inside the city-hall are offices, a restaurant and dungeons which are open to visitors. It is a popular photo spot and is definitely worth seeing.
Nuremberg is a great option, if you are planning to do some day trip from Munich. The city has a very Gothic-medieval feel to it. Its tourist friendly and there are lots of sight-seeing options to keep you hooked.
Other then being a medieval town, Nuremberg is known for its Nazi history. The Nazi party conducted many rallies in the southeast part of Nuremberg. There is also a memorial – Memorium Nürnberger Trials – an exhibition about the post-WWII Nuremburg trials of Nazi war criminals.
Good to Know
- Nearest Airport: Munich Airport OR Flughafen München (MUC)
- 2 hours by road from Munich, to reach Nuremberg
- There are lots of tour operators that provide daily trips to Nuremberg from Munich (www.viator.com, tripadvisor, etc to name a few). Or just drive down
- Accommodation in Nuremberg: Average hotel rooms will cost you about $100-120. Some options are – Hotel Victoria, Holiday Inn Nurnberg City Centre, Park Inn Nuremberg, Le Meridien Grand Hotel Nurnberg, Ibis Nuernberg Altstadt
- Currency: Euros
- Must Visit/ Visit Recommendation: Christmas Markets (in December), City-Hall, Fleisch Bridge