The castle dominates the north-western corner of Nuremberg's old town. In the west (on the right, when coming from the city) the castle starts with ''Luginsland'' tower. Between it and the five-cornered tower is the ''Kaiserstallung''. It was built in 1495 in only one year and served originally as a storehouse for grain. Today it is used as a youth hostel. The ''five-cornered tower'' was constructed before 1050 and is the oldest building of the castle and city. Further east are the entry to the castle garden and the castle gate. Through the castle gate one gets to the ''Freiung'', where you can enjoy one of the best views of the old town. If you want to look further you can climb the round tower (''Sinwellturm'') in the first court of the castle. There you also find the deep well (''Tiefer Brunnen''). In the main court is the Kemenate on the right and the Palas on the left side. The Palas houses the ''castle museum'', further rooms including the two-story chapel can be seen on a guided tour. The guided tour offered by the Castle is only in German. However, another company offers English and other language tours of the town and castle for € 8-10. Information is available inside the Tourist Information Center in the Market Square, where the tour starts.
The old suburb west of the old town is best seen on a 30-minute walk from Tiergärtnertor to Hallertor. Still within the walls, the house opposite Dürerhaus is called the ''house of Pilate''. It is the start of the way to St. Johns church, with ''stations of the cross'' made by Veit Stoss. Follow this way through the gate, across the main street and turn left. At the next street (Burgschmietstrasse), turn right and follow it until it joins Johannisstrasse which leads us along a few remaining timber-framed houses to ''St. John's cemetery''. Many famous citizens of Nuremberg are buried here. After visiting the cemetery, turn right into Lindengasse, then left into the small alley called Riesenschritt. Here are the entrances to some restored baroque gardens. These small gardens are called ''Hesperidengaerten''. At the lower end of Risenschritt you may wander through the romantic lanes of ''Gross- and Kleinweidenmuehle''. Finally walk through the park along the river back into the city.
Soon after they came to power in 1933 the Nazis designated Nuremberg as place for their annual party rallies. To demonstrate their power they planned a set of gigantic buildings. Only a fraction of these were actually built, including a colossal Congress Hall (Kongresshalle) and the reviewing stand at the Zeppelin field. The actual rally grounds cover a large area, if you want to tour the area plan to spend one or two hours. It is advisable to start with a visit of the '''Documentation Center''' (museum in the stadium wall - see Museums below). In regards to the Große Straße, unless you want a long walk there is nothing really interesting to see other than a modern long road. A couple of industrial businesses are located along the road, as well as a couple of footpaths for wooded trails around the lake.
This museum contains two collection the ''[http://www.dbmuseum.de/ DB Museum]'' (museum of the national railway) and the ''[http://www.museumsstiftung.de/stiftung/index.php/kategorie/mkn/ Museum for Communication]''. The railway museum displays the development of railways in Germany from the beginnings in 1835 - when the first railway connecting Nuremberg and Fürth opened - to today (with even a short look to the future of rail transport). It has a collection of historic stock and a large model railroad. Its children's areas makes it a good place to visit for families. The captions to items in the museum are only available in German though. The museum for communication displays the history of mail and telecommunications.
Originally Nuremberg's city wall had a length of five kilometers and five gates: Laufer, Spittler-, Frauen-, Neu- und Tiergärtner Tor. From the 13th to the 16th century the wall was continuously strengthened and is one of the reasons why the city withstood all attacks during this time. Nearly four kilometers of the wall are still standing. Only on the east side between the main station and Rathenauplatz are large gaps. The city moat, which was never filled with water, still exists in its full wide for about two kilometers. Between Färbertor and Spittlertor (Plärrer) you should avoid the inner side of the wall, as it runs along Nuremberg's red light district.
The Nuremberg Tiergarten is one of the most beautiful zoos in Europe. Located in a beautiful landscape on the Schmausenbuck Hill in the Nuremberg borough Zerzabelshof (Zabo). The Tiergarten get on the top of media interest, when the polar bear baby Flocke (Snowflake) were born in December 2007. The zoo is set in old quarries in the large forest at the eastern edge of the city. You can get direct bus from here to Doku-Zentrum to see Party Rally Grounds, easy credit station (World cup 2006 Statium).
Famous Christmas Market held every year from Friday before the first advent Sunday to 23 December. On weekends it is often overcrowded. Try arriving by public transport, as streets can get congested and congestion gets a lot worse when it snows. If you are based somewhere where public transport doesn't go, park your car at one of the outlying subway stations and take the subway, to save you the hassle of Nuremberg's inner city driving during peak congestion time.
The Documentation Center is in the north wing of the Congress Hall of Reich Party Rally Grounds. Topics shown in the documentation centre are: How the Nazis rose to power, the organization of the party rallies - how the Nazis fascinated the masses, how the party rallies are connected to the Nazi crimes against minorities and to the world war. The audio guide (included with admission price) is highly recommended for non-German speakers (and Germans as well).
Visits of the World War II Art Bunker are only possible in the course of a guided tour. Daily guided tour, in German, at 14:30 (Fri/Sat also at 17:30) In addition to regular guided tours the Association of Friends of Nuremberg Rock Cellars organizes guided tours for groups of up to 25 people by special arrangement. These tours are also available in English, French, Italian, Spanish and Czech.
The "Old Town Festival" in September attracts over a million visitors every year, making it the largest folklore event in Germany. The festival offers a broad programme of attractions including processions and concerts. There is also plenty to taste in terms of food and drink at the 'gastronomy market' and at numerous restaurants and beer gardens on Schütt Island and Hans-Sachs-Platz.
Numerous old buildings here survived the war. The street ''Fuell'' with its sand stone houses is a typical merchant's street. The craftsmen lived in timber-framed houses, many of which have been restored in ''Weissgerbergasse''. More timber-framed houses can be seen in ''Obere'' and ''Untere Kraemersgasse''. In ''Untere Kraemersgasse 16'' you can often look into the tiny courtyard.
Cycle Race “Round the Old Town” The cycle race is one of the most important events in the Nuremberg sports calendar and is a firmly fixed event for the international cycling sport. The high quality of the race circuit makes this event really standout against the many cycle races held in Germany. More than 100,000 spectators are able to watch the Nuremberger cycle race.
International Organ Week. Presented for the first time in 1951 by church musicians of the two major protestant churches of Nürnberg, the “Internationale Orgelwoche Nürnberg” - Musica Sacra (ION) is one of Germany's biggest and oldest festivals of sacred and organ music. Each year Nürnberg becomes the "centre of the organ universe".
Blue Night – every year in May, museums, churches and other cultural institutions open their doors – until the early morning hours. Art and light installations, music and performances in Nuremberg's inner city streets invite people to stroll about, look, listen and be amazed. About 120,000 visitors are expected every year.
Outdoor seating in the summer, indoor restaurant year-round. A few steps doen from the Castle. Fantastic home French cuisine, made by super friendly Chef Guy Ody who cooks authentic Provence food. Very cozy dining room with just a few tables, you feel like you are in Guy's personal dining room.
Nuremberg Flea Markets. On the second weekend in May and on the first weekend in September, Nuremberg’s Old Town transforms itself into Germany’s largest flea market with about 4,000 booths. Children have their own, at no charge area, allowing them to sell their old and not-so-old toys.
The "Club" was founded in 1900 and is one of the most tradition-steeped soccer clubs in Germany. The club play their Bundesliga home games in the Grundig-Stadion (formerly known as Frankenstadion, the official name is bound to change again soon as the sponsorship has run out).
In the middle ages only towns had the right to build a wall, villages were unprotected against raiding troops. Therefore many villages built walls around the church yard. Kraftshof is a good example. From Kraftshof it is a 30 minutes stroll to Neunhof.
Fully automated restaurant with no waiters. The restaurant's only employees are the cooks. Patrons order via touchscreen (which doubles as credit card paying device), and the food is delivered via gravity from the kitchen above along steel rails.
For many hundreds of years, the sandstone bedrock of Nuremberg's castle hill has been riddled with vaulted cellars and "secret" passageways. Rock-Cut Beer Cellars, Casemates, Water Supply Conduits. The total area today is 20,000 m2.
Nuremberg's patricians had numerous manor houses in the surrounding villages. This is a good example, built in the 16th century. Adjoining is a small baroque garden. '''The castle remains closed for renovation in 2013 and 2014'''
The exhibition informs about the Nuremberg Trials and is located at the original location of the trials. The Courtroom 600 can only be visited if no trials are held inside as the building is still the court house.
Once a year world famous “Norisring”, the 200 miles from Nuremberg happens to the car race maniacs. This race track is known as "little Monaco", because they also use normal streets. Attracts over 140,000 people.
A monumental outdoor sculpture, opened on 24 October 1993. It is sited on the street between the new and old buildings of the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, connecting Kornmarkt street and the medieval city wall.
Note that DJH/YHA/HI membership is required (or an extra fee is paid) and, as in all YHA hostels in Bavaria, persons over 27 years of age are only admitted if the hostel is not full. Linen included in price.
Twice a year you can listen the "Nürnberger Philharmoniker" and the "Nürnberger Symphoniker". This event is also known as "Woodstock of classic music". Come early as because around 60,000 people attend. Free.
Every two years, the curtains go up in Nuremberg for Germany's biggest puppet theatre festival. About 50 ensembles from many countriess take to the stages of the conurbation and show the latest trends.
A large, lively German-style beer hall, where you can have a keg delivered to your table for you to pour your own drinks. Hearty Franconian food is on the menu, and they brew their own blonde beer.
Famous Pub/Club in Nuremberg - Young clientele most of them Students, Artists and other Creatives. Daily changing Djing Events. Every Wednesday: [http://djing.formideen.de/ ''' dj all-nighter ''']
The house in which the painter Albrecht Dürer lived and worked from 1509 until 1528. Representative of a wealthy house of that period. Exhibition about life in the house and the way Dürer worked.
On the first weekend in the Bavarian summer holidays at the end of July 400 artists from all over the world appear on eight stages in the town for free. About 200,000 visitors attend.
One of the largest museum of art and crafts in the German-speaking countries, with a collection ranging from pre-historic artefacts to 20th century art. Allow at least half a day.
Restaurant in an old timber-framed house specializing in roasted sausages. Oldest sausage restaurant in the world, since 1419. Temporarily closed; due to reopen 1st November.
Local cuisine. The Steichele has the opportunity to try, dink and buy selected wines from "Franken", the "Pfalz", "Südtirol" and many more producing regions of Germany.
The Nürnberg Exhibition Center is relatively new. The exhibition center offers over 160,000 m² of display area in twelve halls grouped around the central park.
Nuremberg was one of the centres of the German toy industry. The exhibition shows wooden and metal toys, dolls and doll houses, model railways and modern toys.
Exhibition about the industrial revolution, along a museum street you see how living conditions, social life and technology developed during the 19th century.
A quiet retreat off city life, you may perfectly head here to read one of the many newspapers they offer or something you bring for yourself, for example.
The Dolphinarium is located inside the Nuremberg Tiergarten. In 2011 the dolphin lagoon will display the first outdoor pool for dolphins in Germany.
A café at day and a nice bar with a variety of people in the early evening - good to visit during daytime or to start your evening in Gostenhof
Built from the 13th to 15th century. Among its many treasures are the ''Tabernacel'' by Adam Kraft and the ''Greeting Angels'' by Veit Stoss.
A small hotel in a quaint old building, located on a quiet street just a few minutes' walk from several restaurants and sights.
“The Long Night Of Science”, – in October many companys, the Institute of Technology, the universities are open for the public.
Built from the 13th to 15th century. In the center of the church is the grave of the city saint, depicting scenes of his life.
At guesthouses and beer-shops operated by Landbierparadise in town, you find a collection of local beers and local food.
Central, reliable and easy to find. There are a few other NH hotels in Nuremberg if this one doesn't suit your budget.
“Doors Open Days”, – Every two years in October the municipality and many organisations open 3 days for the public.
Part of a small chain of hotels in Germany, amenities include free WiFi in the rooms and free bicycle rental.
Certified organic foods. Seasonal local cuisine - Fish, beef and vegetarian dishes. Meals prepared on-demand.
Flashing alarm lamp, bus and railway - local clubs and private museums open the doors, first weekend in May.
Like a small Oktoberfest which is held twice a year, and typically attracts about 1.6 million visitors.
summer's retreat and a friendly café with cake and partly also small, fresh dishes and great ice cream
The hotel in the old city that is closest to the Hauptbahnhof, in a renovated 19th century building.
Restaurant in the old city centre specializing in roasted sausages. You can see many tourists there.
The beer garden of one of the hippest Nuremberg breweries. Serve delicious locally-brewed beer.
a nice and friendly café with a lot of space and air to breathe. Provides free WiFi for guests.
Medieval prison and torture museum under the city hall, open for guided tour (in German) only.
A three day rock event, 60,000 People, run yearly at the same time as '''Rock Am Ring'''
A good, albeit relatively expensive cocktail bar, and on weekends it is also a club.
A merchant's house built about 1600. Exhibition about the history of the city.
Mainly local cuisine. Historic dining room situated over the river Pegnitz.
A cosy place with great cake, with the owners serving you very nicely.
Local, Steak and Fish cuisine. Small Beergarden on the river Pegnitz.
Wheelchair accessible rooms, barbecue, TV-lounge, English spoken.
a somewhat alternative café also regularly hosting subculture
a nice caffé with small dishes and a great breakfasts buffet
Reasonably priced hotel right in the heart of it all.
A house for young and young-at-heart people.
Local cuisine. Beergarden on the city wall.
Restaurant in the old city center.
When people think of Nuremberg, they usually think of gingerbread, toys, Christmas, the Reich Party Rally Grounds or the Nuremberg Trials (see World War II in Europe and Holocaust remembrance). But the old town of Nuremberg in the shadow of the towering imperial castle is more than that. Gothic churches, splendid patricians' houses and romantic corners and spots. An atmosphere of lively co-existence between medieval and modern, between the past and the present, prevails in Nuremberg. In medieval and early modern times, Nuremberg was a rich center for trade and early industry and the first railway in what is now Germany was not built to link Nuremberg and Fürth by mere chance. Despite World War II destroying much of it, the former wealth is still visible. And with its position on the crossroads of two major Autobahn and railway routes, the old saying "Nürnberger Tand geht in alle Land" (stuff from Nuremberg goes everywhere) still rings true.